Council Tax Campaign

February 23, 2012 1:32 PM

As part of a nationwide campaign against planned Council Tax rises we are highlighting research and official statistics to put the proposed increases in context and suggest some areas where savings could be made instead.

Many households are struggling with the rising cost of living yet are finding out that their local council has put forward plans to increase Council Tax, ignoring the Government's offer of help to pay for a freeze.

Council Tax is second only to VAT as the most burdensome tax for the poorest households. Most local authorities have chosen to freeze rates while some, like the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, have chosen to help local families by cutting rates.  Those politicians proposing rises have instead decided to increase the burden on already hard-pressed families.

Click on the council below to see more information about where savings could be made:

Brighton and Hove
Proposed rise: 3.5 per cent

Want to hike the rates despite residents seeing their Council Tax bills increase by 64 per cent since 2001

Gravesham Borough Council
Proposed rise: 3.48 per cent

Where residents have seen their Council Tax bills increase by 86 per cent since 2001

Dover District Council
Proposed rise: 3.45 per cent

Where residents have seen their Council Tax bills increase by 61 per cent since 2001

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
Proposed rise: 2.9 per cent

Where residents have seen their Council Tax bills increase by 70 per cent since 2001

Stockton on Tees
Proposed rise: 3.5 per cent

Where staff were paid 60.1p per mile for using their cars in 2010/11, far higher than the HMRC recommended rate of 40p per mile

Middlesbrough
Proposed rise: 3.5 per cent

Where at least 11 staff took home more than £100,000 in pay and perks in 2009/10

Darlington
Proposed rise: 3.5 per cent

12 councillors at Darlington Borough Council were enrolled on the LGPS in 2010/11. Many authorities choose not to allow councillors onto the scheme, recognising the historically volunteer role of local politicians

Chesterfield
Proposed rise: 3.5 per cent

Staff at the council were paid 65p per mile for using their cars in 2010/11, far higher than the HMRC recommended rate of 40p per mile

Leicester City
Proposed rise: 3.5 per cent

Staff at the council were paid 65p per mile for using their cars in 2010/11, far higher than the HMRC recommended rate of 40p per mile

Nottingham City
Proposed rise: 3.4 per cent

24 councillors were enrolled on the LGPS in 2010/11. Many authorities choose not to allow councillors onto the scheme, recognising the historically volunteer role of local politicians

York
Proposed rise: 2.9 per cent

Where 21 councillors are enrolled in the Local Government Pensions Scheme (LGPS). Many authorities choose not to allow councillors onto the scheme, recognising the historically volunteer role of local politicians

Richmondshire
Proposed rise: 3 per cent

Where, in 2010/11 staff were paid 65p per mile for using their cars, far higher than the HMRC recommended rate of 40p per mileAs part of a nationwide campaign against planned Council Tax rises we are highlighting research and official statistics to put the proposed increases in context and suggest some areas where savings could be made instead.

Many households are struggling with the rising cost of living yet are finding out that their local council has put forward plans to increase Council Tax, ignoring the Government's offer of help to pay for a freeze.

Council Tax is second only to VAT as the most burdensome tax for the poorest households. Most local authorities have chosen to freeze rates while some, like the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, have chosen to help local families by cutting rates.  Those politicians proposing rises have instead decided to increase the burden on already hard-pressed families.

Click on the council below to see more information about where savings could be made:

Brighton and Hove
Proposed rise: 3.5 per cent

Want to hike the rates despite residents seeing their Council Tax bills increase by 64 per cent since 2001

Gravesham Borough Council
Proposed rise: 3.48 per cent

Where residents have seen their Council Tax bills increase by 86 per cent since 2001

Dover District Council
Proposed rise: 3.45 per cent

Where residents have seen their Council Tax bills increase by 61 per cent since 2001

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council
Proposed rise: 2.9 per cent

Where residents have seen their Council Tax bills increase by 70 per cent since 2001

Stockton on Tees
Proposed rise: 3.5 per cent

Where staff were paid 60.1p per mile for using their cars in 2010/11, far higher than the HMRC recommended rate of 40p per mile

Middlesbrough
Proposed rise: 3.5 per cent

Where at least 11 staff took home more than £100,000 in pay and perks in 2009/10

Darlington
Proposed rise: 3.5 per cent

12 councillors at Darlington Borough Council were enrolled on the LGPS in 2010/11. Many authorities choose not to allow councillors onto the scheme, recognising the historically volunteer role of local politicians

Chesterfield
Proposed rise: 3.5 per cent

Staff at the council were paid 65p per mile for using their cars in 2010/11, far higher than the HMRC recommended rate of 40p per mile

Leicester City
Proposed rise: 3.5 per cent

Staff at the council were paid 65p per mile for using their cars in 2010/11, far higher than the HMRC recommended rate of 40p per mile

Nottingham City
Proposed rise: 3.4 per cent

24 councillors were enrolled on the LGPS in 2010/11. Many authorities choose not to allow councillors onto the scheme, recognising the historically volunteer role of local politicians

York
Proposed rise: 2.9 per cent

Where 21 councillors are enrolled in the Local Government Pensions Scheme (LGPS). Many authorities choose not to allow councillors onto the scheme, recognising the historically volunteer role of local politicians

Richmondshire
Proposed rise: 3 per cent

Where, in 2010/11 staff were paid 65p per mile for using their cars, far higher than the HMRC recommended rate of 40p per mile

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