Council tax set to soar next month with millions facing £2k bills for first time

Households across England are set for eye-watering council tax hikes as bills soar by £78 – with some areas going above £2,000 annually for the first time ever.

Brits in the East of England will escape the worst rises, but outer London families will be hardest hit from April onwards, according to research from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

The North East and South West of England will see prices rise of over £2,000 for Band D properties for the first time.

Bill-payers across the country will see their typical bill rise by 4.3 per cent in the next financial year.

Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager of the right-wing pressure group TaxPayers' Alliance, said last night: "Council tax bills are going sky-high and feel like a kick in the teeth to taxpayers.

"The last thing residents need is almost-automatic rate rises, meaning an even bigger council tax bill.

"Local authorities must do more right now to eradicate wasteful spending and stop these huge hikes."

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Tax Justice UK Executive Director, Robert Palmer, said: "It can’t be right that a Park Lane millionaire can end up paying a comparable amount of council tax as a just about managing family in the north.

"Politicians need to grasp the nettle and tackle our grossly outmoded approach to how we tax wealth in the UK."

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