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Northamptonshire County Council has taken advantage of special freedom to increase council tax by 4.99% without needing to hold a referendum.
Most councils plan on increasing council tax this year while slashing frontline services due to Government cuts, survey reveals.
Northamptonshire County Council has been given the freedom to increase council tax by 2% more than other local authorities without holding a referendum, it was announced today.
Cuts to council tax support (CTS) have led to a surge in unpaid tax, new research from the Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed.
Reforming Britain’s wealth taxes could help the Government raise £7bn a year by 2022-23 to help cover the cost of public services, a think tank has argued.
Revenues from business rates and council tax will not keep pace with rising costs and demands for services, financial experts have warned.
Whitehall is considering a crackdown on councils that excessively borrow for commercial reasons as it continues to restrict council tax rises.
Local government leaders in Wales have welcomed the latest figures put forward by the Cardiff administration for next year's budgets – but warned there could still be further cuts to services or rises in council tax.
Westminster City Council has renewed its contract with Capita in a deal worth around £65m over a decade.
Councils in Scotland are pressing for a 2.5% increase in local government funding, saying they have no options left to save money.