Dan Peters 11 March 2021

Council tax hits £2,000 barrier in two regions

Council tax hits £2,000 barrier in two regions image

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).

CIPFA’s annual council tax survey found the typical council tax bill is to rise by £78.31 or 4.3% in 2021-22 across England as a whole.

The institute noted regional variation in the percentage increase on 2020-21 council tax bills, with a difference of 2 percentage points between the highest increases in inner London (5.5%) and the lowest (3.5%) in the east of England.

In Wales, CIPFA found the typical council tax bill will increase by 3.9% or £64.58.

Of the 290 respondents to questionnaires sent to local authorities in England and Wales, all but 13 will be increasing their council tax.

Time for a council tax precept to fund CCTV image

Time for a council tax precept to fund CCTV

The crisis in funding for CCTV systems is not being addressed by the government or the police and is leading to the curtailment of this vital service in local authorities across the country. How can we ensure that communities that want this service continue to receive it, asks Tom Reeve.
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