Above rate of inflation rise for council tax, says CIPFA

The insitute says that in England and Wales average household bills will rise to £688, a figure that rises for the first time above the rate first rate levied for the poll tax which averaged £659.

The increase on an average band D house will be £49 in England while the rise is Wales is likely to be £59.

Steve Freer, CIPFA’s chief executive, said: ‘Council’s face a difficult balancing sct. On the one hand they are keen to limit tax demands on local people and, on the other hand, they face pressures to increase investment in and improve local services.

‘Given the tensions between these two aims an average increase of around 6% is not altogether surprising.’

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