Council Tax

More Council Tax Increases for 2019/20

As you will no doubt be aware, Council Tax charges for 2019/20 have again increased.

The average Council Tax increase across Local Authorities in England is 4.5%. This is the second highest increase in a decade (largest increase was last year) with Council Tax payers in some regions now paying annual charges of over £1,800.

The North East of England has seen the largest annual increase of £86.

Council Tax charges in Wales have also risen with certain Local Authorities setting increases of almost 10%.

See how the 2019/20 Council Tax increases affect your region in England.

Average B and D Council Tax bills.

North East £1,844 (up £86)
South West £1,846 (up £81)
East Midlands £1,836 (up £79)
South East £1,814 (up £73)
North West £1,807 (up £80)
East £1,780 (up £71)
Yorkshire & Humber £1,746 (up £75)
West Midlands £1,732 (up £78)
London £1,476 (up £71)

Source: Cipfa survey of local authorities

Since austerity measures were put in place by Central Government, Councils have lost approximately 60% of Government funding since 2010. Some of these Government cuts have resulted in Councils passing these charges onto ordinary Council Tax payers together with general cuts to public services.

The Chief Executive of CIPFA states that these increases are merely reflective of the financial pressure faced by Local Authorities for the provision of public services, including policing.

It is our view that these Council Tax increases and general increases in other household costs will inevitably result in a higher demand for formal insolvency solutions for ordinary tax payers, including Individual Voluntary Arrangements.

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