Council tax

Council tax loophole costs councils £150m a year

25/05/2022

Local authorities are missing out on millions of pounds worth of council tax income because of a loophole in the business rates system, company warns.

Regulator finds ‘competition concerns’ with Veolia and Suez merger

20/05/2022

A merger of the waste management companies Veolia and Suez could lead to a loss of competition and an increase in costs for local authorities, regulator warns.

Poorest households struggle to get £150 energy rebate

17/05/2022

The poorest households are struggling to get the £150 energy rebate that local authorities have been tasked with paying, an energy charity has warned.

Councils allocated £28m to cover costs of council tax rebate

05/05/2022

Local authorities have been allocated just over £28m to help cover the costs of administrating the council tax rebate scheme.

Council tax top priority in local elections

12/04/2022

The level of council tax is the top local election priority for Londoners, a recent survey has revealed.

Sponsors of Ukrainian refugees to get council tax breaks

11/04/2022

Households who become sponsors through the Homes for Ukraine scheme will not lose their council tax discounts, minister for refugees Lord Harrington confirmed.

Cost of living crisis risks leaving levelling up ‘dead on arrival’

07/04/2022

The Government’s levelling up agenda could be undermined by a deepening North-South divide exacerbated by the cost of living crisis, a think tank has warned.

Government needs to 'get a grip' on council tax rebate, says Betts

29/03/2022

The Government needs to ‘get a grip’ on the council tax rebate scheme, the chair of the levelling up select committee has said.

Council tax increases to add to ‘harsh squeeze’ on living standards

11/03/2022

Households that are already experiencing a squeeze on their finances are set to be hit by increases in council tax after April, financial experts warn.

Welsh council tax premiums on second homes increased to 300%

02/03/2022

The maximum level at which local authorities can set council tax premiums on second homes and long-term empty properties in Wales will be increased to 300%.

MP calls for clarity on support for councils to manage tax rebate

02/03/2022

The Government has been urged to explain what support local authorities will receive to help manage the burden of administrating the £150 council tax rebate scheme.

Councils urge households to arrange direct debits for paying council tax

28/02/2022

Councils are urging residents to set up a direct debit to pay their council tax bill in order to get the £150 energy rebate payment as quickly as possible.

Wandsworth set to be only council to lower council tax

24/02/2022

Wandsworth council is set to be the only local authority in the country to be reducing council tax bills.

One in 10 people falsely claim council tax discounts

24/02/2022

One in 10 people know someone dishonestly claiming a discount on their council tax bill, the UK’s fraud prevention service has found.

Universal Credit would be better delivery vehicle for energy bills support

17/02/2022

Universal Credit has the data on those likely to need support with energy bills and would be a more effective way to target the £150 council tax rebate, says Deven Ghelani.

Council uses tree planting to encourage council tax e-billing

15/02/2022

Shropshire residents can now support tree planting efforts by opting to receive their council tax bills electronically, the local council has said.

Welsh councils call for clarification over council tax rebate

10/02/2022

The Government has reassured council chiefs in Wales that the Welsh government will receive £180m of new funding as a result of the council tax rebate.

Gove asked to clarify new council tax rebate

09/02/2022

Michael Gove has been called on to clarify whether local authorities will be reimbursed for any loses that result from a council tax rebate scheme.

Sunak unveils £150 council tax rebate

03/02/2022

Local authorities have been tasked with administering a council tax rebate and £144m fund to soften the impact of soaring energy prices.

Parish leaders call for council tax referendum exemption

17/01/2022

Local council leaders have called on the Government to grant parish and town councils a multi-year exemption on council tax referendum principles.

Gove closes tax loophole on second homes

14/01/2022

A loophole that allows second home owners to avoid paying council tax by falsely claiming their properties are holidays lets will be closed under new measures.

Gove unveils £54bn finance settlement

16/12/2021

The provisional local government finance settlement for 2022-23 represents an additional £3.5bn or 4% increase in real terms compared to 2021-22.

Counties face funding shortfall of over £500m next year

10/12/2021

County councils are facing a funding gap of over £500m in 2022 resulting in council tax rises or service cuts, leaders have warned today.

Plans for council tax reform in Wales

07/12/2021

The Welsh Government has confirmed it will consult on council tax reforms plans next year to 'modernise' the system.

MPs launch inquiry into collection of council tax arrears

24/11/2021

An inquiry into how local authorities in England collect council tax arrears has been launched by MPs.

People with mental health issues three times more likely to fall into council tax arrears, charity warns

11/11/2021

Councils have been urged to provide people with mental health problems with more support to prevent them from falling into council tax debt.

Age UK warns 10% council tax hike would still not fix care

15/10/2021

Charity Age UK has warned council tax would need to go up by another 10% next year just to allow social care to ‘stand still’.

Councils calls for extension of council tax support funding

11/10/2021

The Government has been urged to fund local council tax support schemes for the next three years to support families on low income.

Nearly 430,000 people missed a council tax payment last year

08/10/2021

Hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland have missed a council tax payment in the last year after running out of money before pay day, a new analysis finds.

Counties in council tax warning

07/10/2021

County leaders have warned council tax bills would have to rise by almost a quarter over three years to get close to eliminating their deficit.

Local services will face £8bn funding blackhole by 2024, councils warn

01/10/2021

Council tax will have to rise by more than a quarter in the next three years to cover the shortfall in funding for local services, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned today.

Welsh Government looks at holiday home reforms

26/08/2021

Holiday home owners in Wales could be charged the full amount of business rates amid claims people are being priced out of their local area.

Cotswold council apologises for distress caused by council tax warnings

26/08/2021

Cotswold council has apologised after being criticised for the way it handled a man’s request for help paying his council tax during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tax ‘loophole’ costs councils £110m

09/08/2021

New research suggests business rates relief for holiday lets is currently worth £110m a year.

Councils missing out on £110m a year due to holiday home tax break

05/08/2021

Councils are missing out on £110m a year in council tax income due to a loophole in the business rates system, new research has shown.

It’s time to stop counting on the courts to collect council tax arrears

04/08/2021

John Doyle calls on councils to rethink ineffective processes used to handle arrears and focus on communication, affordability, and vulnerability.

District cancels 700 court summonses

28/07/2021

Harborough DC has apologised to residents after issuing hundreds of court summonses for unpaid council tax in error.

MPs call for urgent council finance reforms

19/07/2021

Councils should be given more flexibility to raise their own taxes and social care funding urgently needs to be reformed, MPs have said.

Council tax debt rises to £4.4bn

24/06/2021

Council tax debt increased by £841m last year due to the pandemic reducing or delaying recovery action, official figures have shown.

Council tax collection deficit hits £500m

27/05/2021

Councils will need ‘additional help from taxpayers’ to balance their books, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy has warned.

Report makes case for Annual Proportional Property Tax system

20/05/2021

A think tank has argued council tax and stamp duty should be scrapped and replaced with an Annual Proportional Property Tax (APPT).

Charity warns of 'astonishing' level of underclaimed council tax support

14/04/2021

Older people on low incomes in Scotland missed out on £88m in Council Tax Reduction support last year, a charity has warned.

Think tank calls for reform of 'regressive' council tax in Scotland

12/04/2021

Council tax in Scotland should be increased to the same levels as the rest of the UK, a think tank has argued today.

Council tax revaluation would help level up, says IFS

31/03/2021

A new council tax revaluation would boost the Government’s levelling up agenda, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has said.

Chancellor urged to reform 'poorly designed' council tax

15/03/2021

Campaigners have called for a review into 'poorly designed' council tax, warning it places the biggest burden on those living in less prosperous parts of the country.

Council tax hits £2,000 barrier in two regions

11/03/2021

The typical council tax bill for an average property in England’s north-east and south-west will be more than £2,000 a year for the first time, according to research from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

Councils face £1.3bn shortfall on council tax, says IFS

05/02/2021

Councils face a £1.3bn shortfall in the council tax they were expecting for 2020-21, finance think tank the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has calculated.

Scottish Budget 'falls short'

29/01/2021

The Scottish Government’s £11.6bn budget ‘falls short of the fair funding local government requires,’ councils have said.

Conservative MPs refuse to vote down hike in council tax

26/01/2021

Conservative MPs last night refused to vote against a rise in council tax that a poll says is opposed by nearly half (48%) of adults in England.

Labour to force vote over council tax rise

22/01/2021

Labour will force a vote in the House of Commons to stop government plans to force councils to raise council tax by 5%.

Government should use tax system to ‘level up’, think tank says

18/01/2021

Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda must use the tax system to spread opportunity and growth to less prosperous places, think tank says.

Scottish councils call for fair funding to avoid 'damaging consequences'

12/01/2021

Council leaders in Scotland have called for an end of small ring-fenced pots of funding and no cap on council tax in this year’s Budget.

Starmer demands halt to ‘absurd’ council tax rises

11/01/2021

Labour leader Keir Starmer has called for central government to increase funding for local authorities to prevent council tax hikes.

Sadiq Khan proposes 9.5% council tax increase

08/01/2021

The mayor of London has announced council tax will increase by 9.5% to help fund free travel for young people and the over 60s.

Charity warns of council tax debt ‘explosion’

04/01/2021

Thousands of people in Scotland have racked up £6.8m in council tax arrears, a charity has warned.

Councils told to prepare for 'breathing space moratorium' on council tax debt

16/12/2020

Councils have been reminded that households struggling to pay their council tax bills will be able to pause payments from next May.

Funding boost for council tax support scheme in Wales

27/11/2020

Councils in Wales will receive an extra £2.6m to meet the increasing demand for Council Tax Reduction Schemes.

Spending Review: 'Risk all sits on local government'

26/11/2020

The Spending Review failed to tackle key issues such as reforms to local government funding, sector experts have warned.

Think tank calls for new health and social care tax

11/11/2020

A new health and social care tax raising £17bn should be the centrepiece of sweeping tax increases to raise £40bn a year, according to a new report from think-tank the Resolution Foundation.

Record number of people claiming council tax discount

30/10/2020

Councils are facing costs of £586m due to the record number of people claiming council tax support this year, new analysis has shown.

Calls to pause enforcement of council tax arrears in Tier 3 areas

21/10/2020

Local authorities in Tier 3 areas should not be required to enforce the collection of council tax debts, argues Citizens Advice.

Councils face £3bn COVID-19 funding gap

22/09/2020

Financial pressures within local government will outstrip additional funding by around £3.1bn this year, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

Funding boost for council tax reduction scheme in Wales

01/09/2020

Welsh councils will receive an extra £2.8m to help cover the increased demand for the council tax reduction scheme.

Pre-crisis council tax arrears reached £3.6bn

19/08/2020

Local authorities were owed £3.6bn in unpaid council tax before the start of the pandemic, figures have shown.

Bailiff costs could add £158m to council tax debt, charity warns

14/07/2020

People in council tax debt could face an extra £158m in bailiff and court costs, research has warned today.

Think tank calls for sweeping reforms to local taxes

06/07/2020

A group of former Treasury special advisers have called for revaluation of the council tax and reform of  business rates to boost the economy post-COVID-19.

A fifth of people would pay more council tax to fix potholes

03/07/2020

A fifth of people would be prepare to pay an extra 10% in council tax to help cover the cost of road improvements, a new poll has shown.

Jenrick announces more cash, income compensation and tax delay

02/07/2020

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has announced more cash and new ways councils will be reimbursed for income lost as a result of coronavirus.

No bail outs for commercial investments

22/05/2020

Plans to bail out councils struggling with their finances could vary between authorities - but they will not cover commercial investments, The MJ understands.

Charities warn millions of people in council tax arrears due to Covid-19

21/05/2020

Over two million people have fallen behind on their council tax payments as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, debt charities have warned.

Government urged to fund council tax payment holidays for vulnerable households

01/05/2020

The Government should provide councils with extra funding to offer payment holidays for people struggling to pay their council bill, according to Citizens Advice.

Debt collection needs reform, says think tank

27/04/2020

Local government should follow the lead of the private sector when it comes to debt collection, the latest report from the Centre for Social Justice think tank has claimed.

Counties warn against a blanket council tax deferral scheme

08/04/2020

County councils have warned that a blanket council tax deferral scheme could create significant financial problems for local government.

Councils given direction on using £500m Hardship Fund

24/03/2020

Councils will be given £500m to help reduce council tax payments for vulnerable people and those most affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Council tax ‘arbitrary and unfair’, think tank says

19/03/2020

Financial experts have criticised the current council tax arrangements and called on the Government to reform them as part of the ‘levelling up’ agenda.

Council tax to rise by 3.7% on average

06/03/2020

The average council tax bill is set to increase by 3.7% in 2020/21, new analysis has revealed.

Council votes for climate change referendum

02/03/2020

Warwick DC has voted to hold a referendum on a 34.2% rise in its share of council tax to fund a climate emergency action programme.

Outdated regulations forcing councils to use 'harsh' debt collection processes

25/02/2020

Forcing people to pay off their entire council tax bill if they miss one payment is pushing people into 'desperate' hardship, a charity has warned today.

Councils face £19bn funding gap by 2025

21/02/2020

Councils will face a funding shortfall of £19.1bn over the next five years despite planning council tax increases, new research has shown.

Government announces financial support for flood-hit areas

19/02/2020

The Government has announced councils in areas affected by recent flooding will receive grants to cover the cost of council tax and business rates reliefs.

Councils warn about 'hidden cuts' in Scottish Budget

06/02/2020

Council leaders have complained about ‘hidden cuts’ in a Scottish Budget that will deliver £11.3bn for council services in 2020/21.

Cuts force most councils to increase council tax and charges

05/02/2020

The majority of councils are planning on raising council tax and charging for services in 2020/21 in order to make ends meet, new research has revealed.

Borough seeking unitary status sparks spending row

03/02/2020

A row over council spending has broken out between a county council and a borough authority that is seeking unitary status.

Pay dispute threatens to ‘disrupt’ council tax collection

24/01/2020

Newham council faces ‘significant disruption’ to council tax collection and rebates when staff stage a week-long strike in a job evaluation row.

Jenrick hails 'biggest multi-billion pound spending increase in a decade'

20/12/2019

Local government secretary Robert Jenrick has confirmed what he describes as the ‘biggest multi-billion pound spending increase for councils in a decade’.

Councils detecting more cases of fraud

19/11/2019

Councils prevented 22% more cases of council tax fraud this year compared to 2017/18, new figures have revealed.

Caerphilly council agrees 7% council tax hike

14/11/2019

A county council in Wales has agreed a package of savings proposals which include a council tax increase of nearly 7%.

Charity blasts ‘broken’ debt collection system

13/11/2019

Local authorities have been criticised for using bailiffs to collect unpaid council tax from struggling households.

Councils need billions more in funding, research finds

10/11/2019

Councils will need billions of extra pounds worth of funding in the next parliament, if they are to meet the rising cost of adult social care, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has calculated.

Medway trials new way of collecting council tax

01/11/2019

A leading councillor has hailed a trial scheme to deduct council tax directly from earnings as a way to target people who ignore reminder letters and refuse to pay.

Millions struggling to pay council tax and household bills, study finds

08/10/2019

Nearly 1.6 million people are falling behind on their council tax payments, new research has revealed.

County council chiefs urge PM to ‘level up’ funding across country

19/08/2019

More than 30 leaders of England’s county councils have called on the new Government to ‘level up’ investment in all parts of the country.

Forced into aggressive debt collection?

08/07/2019

With more households falling behind in council tax payments, are councils becoming too aggressive in the way they collect arrears? Neil Merrick investigates.

The rise of the ‘super’ parish council

26/06/2019

With figures showing parish precepts have risen by 4.9% this year, Neil Merrick explores how parish councils are using the extra revenue to deliver increased and better services.

Councils warn of new wave in council tax scams

10/06/2019

Criminals are posing as council staff to con people out of money, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

Labour considers abolishing council tax for renters

04/06/2019

Labour Party is considering proposals to replace council tax with a ‘progressive property tax’, which would be payable by property owners rather than tenants.

Council tax is ‘regressive’, financial experts say

28/05/2019

Council tax hits the poorest residents much harder than it does the wealthiest, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Council tax guide published to protect ‘vulnerable’

28/05/2019

The Government has published a council tax guide to help protect ‘vulnerable households’.

Council tax system needs 'fundamental reform'

16/05/2019

The council tax system is ‘highly regressive and unsustainable,’ and needs ‘fundamental reform,’ progressive think-tank IPPR has argued.

‘Smart bins’ and tax cuts could help increase recycling rates, report says

13/05/2019

Local authorities could use ‘smart bins’ and council tax cuts to help drive up recycling rates in their areas, a new study has recommended.

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