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    • MSE Megan F
    • By MSE Megan F 8th Feb 18, 9:15 AM
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    MSE News: Average council tax could jump by £95
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    • 8th Feb 18, 9:15 AM
    MSE News: Average council tax could jump by £95 8th Feb 18 at 9:15 AM
    Bill payers could see their council tax rise by up to £95 a year on average, after it was revealed 95% of councils are planning on hiking the rates...
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    • CIS
    • By CIS 8th Feb 18, 11:22 AM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 11:22 AM
    Bear in mind that the 'average council tax' for this purpose is based on a standard Band D including all of the precepts - a Band A would be set to 6/9th the Band D charge so £95 would be about £63 for a Band A.

    The social care 'rise' often touted about isn't a rise of the social care precept as such, it's calculated as a % of the council's side of the council tax charge, that's why it isn't just a 3% rise of the previous years social care precept. Just sticking a flat rate X% on the council tax charge gives only a rough approximation which is many estimates of rises that are published each year don't match the actual rises.
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a self employed Council Tax specialist. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 8th Feb 18, 2:22 PM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 2:22 PM
    I'm wondering if this should be/also be on The Other Reclaiming: Mortgage Fees, Council Tax etc Board as it concerns CT.
    • Doc N
    • By Doc N 8th Feb 18, 2:33 PM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 2:33 PM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 2:33 PM
    Given the huge cuts in what used to be given to local authorities by central government, of course they'll have to increase Council Tax.

    Just another of the daft and sneaky way this country is run.

    1 The government (invariably Conservative) produces tax cuts from their magic money tree (the one that Theresa May claims doesn't exist).

    2 Everyone thinks 'How wonderful - low taxes'.

    3 Said government then cuts grants to local government and cuts everything else while it's at it.

    4 Outcome? The roads fall into such a state of disrepair that it will cost ten times the 'saving' to sort out the structural damage - with resulting expensive repair costs for drivers. The NHS becomes a disaster area, unable to fulfil even basic obligations. Care homes go bust because of inadequate local authority funding - so nowhere to put a growing elderly population. Students are landed with debts so large they can't ever afford to buy a house. The railways are so overpriced because of reduced government subsidies that ordinary people can no longer afford to use them, and bus services outside cities cease to exist because local authorities can no longer afford to subsidise them.

    And people wonder why Corbyn's suddenly so popular?
    • CIS
    • By CIS 8th Feb 18, 3:28 PM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 3:28 PM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 3:28 PM
    Given the huge cuts in what used to be given to local authorities by central government, of course they'll have to increase Council Tax.

    Just another of the daft and sneaky way this country is run.

    1 The government (invariably Conservative) produces tax cuts from their magic money tree (the one that Theresa May claims doesn't exist).

    2 Everyone thinks 'How wonderful - low taxes'.

    3 Said government then cuts grants to local government and cuts everything else while it's at it.

    4 Outcome? The roads fall into such a state of disrepair that it will cost ten times the 'saving' to sort out the structural damage - with resulting expensive repair costs for drivers. The NHS becomes a disaster area, unable to fulfil even basic obligations. Care homes go bust because of inadequate local authority funding - so nowhere to put a growing elderly population. Students are landed with debts so large they can't ever afford to buy a house. The railways are so overpriced because of reduced government subsidies that ordinary people can no longer afford to use them, and bus services outside cities cease to exist because local authorities can no longer afford to subsidise them.

    And people wonder why Corbyn's suddenly so popular?
    Originally posted by Doc N
    Yep, They've not really got a choice - raise council tax or cut services. Either way, it's the council who get the brunt of the flack.
    I no longer work in Council Tax Recovery but instead work as a self employed Council Tax specialist. My views are my own reading of the law and you should always check with the local authority in question.
    • Ectophile
    • By Ectophile 8th Feb 18, 7:47 PM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 7:47 PM
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    • 8th Feb 18, 7:47 PM
    Yep, They've not really got a choice - raise council tax or cut services. Either way, it's the council who get the brunt of the flack.
    Originally posted by CIS
    The trouble is, most councils are doing both. The government caps the council tax rises, and cuts the grant by a larger amount than the maximum tax rise.
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
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