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Householders across Wales are set to see an average council tax increase of 6.5%, or £97.01, the steepest climb in 15 years, CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy reveals.
CIPFA’s council tax survey, also finds the significant gap between the increases in different parts of Wales. The average band D equivalent in South Wales has seen an increase of 5.7%, whereas mid and west Wales face a striking 8.1% increase in their council tax bills.
Local police and crime commissioners across Wales are collectively increasing the police precept included in the council tax bill, which is rising by 9.1%.
The survey shows that mid and west Wales will see a sharper increase in all areas; local requirement, police precepts and the average band D equivalent.
Rob Whiteman, CIPFA Chief Executive, said:
“This substantial rise in council tax across Wales reflects the enormous financial pressures many local authorities and police across the regions are currently facing. Having lost nearly 50% of the grants received from central government, it is unsurprising that councils are seeking to increase their council tax take with the cost of running local services being passed onto households.
“Such rises in council tax also raise serious questions over the ability of the tax to provide a long-term funding solutions. Further reform must be considered beyond the revaluation made in Wales in 2003.
“There must be sustainable and sufficient support from government for funding solutions for local authorities that take into account the huge range of services they provide. This will ensure that libraries and youth services, which have been either lost or transformed, can be rejuvenated. Far more work must be done to ensure councils can provide the best public services, and outcomes, to citizens.”
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Wales council tax referendum rules
The referendum scheme was introduced via the Localism Act 2011.
It applies to England only. In Wales, the National Assembly for Wales still has the power to ‘cap’ local authorities’ council tax rises selectively.
An attempt was made to introduce a referendum system of this kind, to apply to rate rises, by the then Conservative government in 1981, but this was withdrawn following political pressure.
CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, is the professional body for people in public finance. CIPFA shows the way in public finance globally, standing up for sound public financial management and good governance around the world as the leading commentator on managing and accounting for public money.