Band D properties face £250 rise in council tax in next five years

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The rise in prices comes following the Chancellor’s decision to scrap the rule which forced town halls to hold referendums regarding local council tax rates. Up until now, councils across the UK were required to hold a public vote to approve proposed increases of more than two percent, as was the case with tax hikes of one percent or more to fund social care. The decision means homeowners and renters living in band D-rated properties could see their council tax bill rise by more than £114 in the coming year alone.

While councils are still at liberty to follow the rule, Treasury sources have admitted that an estimated 95 percent will take advantage of the new maximum.

If this is the case, band D residents across England will be forced to pay more than £2,3000 per year.

The inflated prices would apply to billpayers in properties worth between £68,000 and £88,000.

The Daily Mail reported that if all local authorities enforce the five percent price hike, only two places will see bills remain under £1,000. These include London Wandsworth, which already boasts the second-lowest band D council tax in the country, and Westminster – also known for its surprisingly low rates.

How much will band D residents pay?

The steep rise in council tax bills will affect some local authorities more than others, with band D properties in Nottingham, Rutland and Oxford expected to pay more than £240,000 by 2023.


Already known to have the highest rate of council tax in the country, a Band D home in Nottingham could see billpayers with £114.71 extra on their bill, bringing the total cost to £2,408.85 if the local authority makes use of its new powers.

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Oxford, Rutland and Surrey

Those with the same council tax band in Oxford and Rutland will face a smaller increase of £112.

In Jeremy Hunt’s own constituency, South West Surrey, band D billpayers will pay just £108.92 more for the same type of home.

Based on average figures, a typical band D home could jump by £98.30 per year, pushing the mean figure from £1,966 to £2,064.30 across the UK.

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