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A third of English councils will be unable to raise enough money through the social care precept to pay for the services they are meant to cover, according to new research.
Neil Merrick finds out why some parish councils are doubling or trebling council tax precepts after taking on services from higher tier authorities.
What issues will the main political parties be focusing on in the upcoming local elections? Mark Whitehead investigates.
The Government has written to billing authorities urging then to reconsider passing local council tax support on to parish and town councils.
Council Tax levels will increase by an average of 5.1% across England in 2018/19, the largest rise for 13 years, ministers have confirmed.
Councils will be allowed to double the rate of council tax on long-term empty properties under new legislation announced today.
The Government will need to scrap its funding reforms, significantly boost top-ups or centralise care if it is to plug the social care funding gap, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned today.
Council tax is ‘outdated and regressive’, and the Government should consider scrapping it in favour of a fairer system, according to a think tank.
Pembrokeshire County Council has agreed to increase council tax by 12.5% for 2018/19.
Fewer than 4% of Scottish households eligible for council tax exemption are claiming the new benefit, research reveals.