MILLIONS of households will see their council tax bill rise in April as the cost of living crisis continues.
Councils across the UK are planning to raise tax rates this year – here’s how to find out if you’ll be affected.
The government has allowed councils to raise rates up to 3% without holding a referendum.
Local authorities can also add an additional amount to cover social care costs.
Town leaders have begun publishing tax rate council in the draft consultation.
The amount you will pay is determined by your local council and depends on the property “group” you live in.
The value of your home is based on its worth – the more expensive the property, the more council tax will be charged.
The government has announced that households A to D will Get a £150 discount to help tackle the cost of living crisis.
We explain how to check tax council bills will increase next year.
Will my council tax increase?
Households receive their council tax bill in April, at the start of the new financial year.
Before that, it was difficult to say which regions were most likely to raise rates – and which could keep rates frozen for another year.
Changes to council tax are usually announced in the last week of March, leaving homeowners with little time to prepare for changes to their annual budgets.
This year, for example, the changes were announced on March 25.
In the meantime, it’s probably safe to say your council tax is likely to increase by around 2.5% to 3%.
That’s because ministers are set up to allow councils charge 2% increase – it’s a 1% increase that will fund social care.
Hargreaves Lansdown senior personal finance analyst Sarah Coles told The Sun: “Taking advantage of individual councils will be up to councils, but chances are many of them will. .
“They are grappling with the huge increase in the cost of social care, so they can raise council taxes as much as they can.”
While it remains unclear which regions will be most affected, Coles said there is likely to be a strong regional divide.
She said: “This year the average Band D council tax is £1,898, but someone in Band D in Westminster is paying £829 a year while someone in Band D in Nottingham is paying £2,226.
“This means that a percentage-based council tax increase will hit those with higher bills even harder.
“A 3% increase in Nottingham means an increase of £66.78, while in Westminster it means an increase of £24.87.”
What can I do if I am struggling to pay council tax?
If you are having trouble paying your council tax debt, Help may be available.
The Treasury is today expected to announce a £150 discount for everyone on the A to D bands as an extra measure of support for the lowest earners.
However, the source of funding is yet to be confirmed.
You should also check if you are eligible for a reduction or exemption from council tax.
Troubled homeowners could have their tax debt forgiven by thousands of pounds as councils clear record collection.
To do this, you must fill out a Part 13A application form, and your board will decide whether to write off your debts.
Here are some other ways to save thousands of pounds on your council tax.
We have listed nine benefits you might be missing out on – and how to check if you owe a government payment.
You can also stay in wrong council tax margin – and pay hundreds of times more than you need.
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