EMBARGOED 00:01 Friday 12 March 2021
Responding to research from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) showing average council tax in England now exceeds £2,000 in the North East and South West of England, Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:
“Council tax bills are going sky-high and feel like a kick in the teeth to taxpayers.
“Covid has put pressure on local authority budgets and caused catastrophe for many households’ finances. The last thing residents need are almost-automatic rate rises, meaning an even bigger council tax bill.
“With new fiscal powers a long way off, local authorities must do more right now to eradicate wasteful spending and stop these huge hikes.”
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Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at www.taxpayersalliance.com.
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The TaxPayers’ Alliance has long campaigned to Cut Council Tax. Research identified at least £55 million in unnecessary rate rises last year.
- The TaxPayers’ Alliance annual Town Hall Rich List 2020 found that the number of local authority employees receiving over £100,000 in total remuneration had risen to the highest level since 2013-14.