The highest council tax in the country will be in Ollerton (pictured, Nottinghamshire, where the county council has hiked its share of the bill by four per cent.
Bristol City Council will have the fifth highest council tax in the country from next month. Pictured: Clifton suspension bridge in Bristol (File image)
Local taxes, which pay for services such as rubbish collection, libraries and road maintenance, will rise by three per cent on average, according to our research of the 150 biggest council areas in England.
Band D residents have moved above the £2,000 mark for the first time in 23 council areas.
Many of those councils have millions of pounds in their general reserves funds, including Labour-led Kirklees Council which has £56million sitting in the bank and Tory-controlled Kent County Council with £51.4million tucked away.
While the Treasury has announced that most homes will receive a £150 council tax rebate, Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘Crushing council tax rises are yet another kick in the teeth for taxpayers.
‘The cost of living crisis is causing catastrophe for households’ finances.
‘Local authorities must do more to eradicate wasteful spending, deliver value for money and stop these huge hikes.’
Tables show the areas with the biggest increase and alo the highest council tax rates
Council tax in Liverpool will be £2193.16 for Band D, a rise of £64. Pictured: Liverpool Town Hall (File image)
Council tax is now more expensive than Margaret Thatcher’s controversial poll tax which sparked riots in 1990.
The poll tax cost households with two adults an average of £714 when it was introduced, the equivalent of £1,890 today.
Council tax for the average home is now £1,921, according to our research.
Council tax bands remain based on property prices in 1991 meaning many average salary earners pay more than the rich.
London faces the biggest rise, of 3.7 per cent, compared with 3.2 per cent in the South West. Pictured: West Hampstead (File image)
In part as a result, the cheapest council tax bill in the country of £864 is in Westminster in central London.
Councils blame the increases on cuts by central government.
Cllr Shaun Davies, chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, said: ‘While council tax is an important funding stream, it has never been the solution to the long-term pressures facing our local services, raising different amounts in different parts of the country, which is not related to need.’
A Government spokesman said: ‘We have provided Councils in England with additional £3.7billion this year to help them maintain and improve the services they provide for local people.’