CIPFA’s annual survey shows that currently 41% of councils in England plan to forego the 1% freeze grant offered by the Department of Communities and Local Government and raise council tax for 2013/14. This is significantly up from the 15% of authorities who did not take up the grant last year.
Based on the survey, amongst those authorities foregoing the grant, Council tax increases are likely to average 1.1%. Since 59% of councils across England will take the freeze grant, the overall average band D Council Tax bill looks set to rise by 0.8%, the equivalent of £11.74. This increase compares with last year’s average rise of 0.3%.
The survey shows considerable variation between regions. The largest increase for a band D Council Tax bill will be in Yorkshire and Humber where it is projected to rise on average by 1.2%, the equivalent of £16.30. In Greater London which saw a decrease last year, the average is set to rise by 0.1%.
Ian Carruthers, CIPFA’s Director of Policy, commented,
“Councillors must take council tax decisions based on local priorities. As the pressures from this period of unprecedented austerity intensify, all councils are having to strike an increasingly difficult balance between protecting hard-pressed taxpayers and maintaining local services.
The imminent changes to local authority funding systems are bringing added uncertainty to councils’ financial management and making it more difficult than ever for councillors to take the medium and longer term decisions required.”
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Notes to Editors:
Average Band D Equivalent
Based on 51% Billing response
(including Parish / Community)
26% of billing responders confirmed
Based on 80% Precepting response
60% of precepting responders confirmed
Other Non-Metropolitan Authorities
England (excluding London)
South East (excluding London)
East of England
Yorkshire & the Humber
Authorities in England that are not taking the freeze grant
Local demands of the billing authority;
Major precepts (e.g. County Councils, Greater London Authority and Police & Fire Authorities);
Parish / Community Council precepts.