Check out how much your council tax bill will increase this year

UK FAMILIES will be hit with larger bills this year as local governments increase council tax rates.

Councils across the country are preparing to raise taxes by up to 5% in April.

Your council tax bill depends on where in the country you live


Your council tax bill depends on where in the country you live

Many local governments are planning to increase tax council payments in 2022 to balance their budgets after extra spending during the pandemic.

The amount residents pay goes into state school board taxes and local services like garbage collection.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced in the latest budget that the local government can increase interest rate up to 3% without holding a referendum.

Above all, they can add additional 2% which is a barrier to adult social care.

Some may add more to the adult social care section, as it may have been carried over from last year.

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 value – the more expensive the property, the more council tax will be charged.

How do I check how much my council tax bill will go up?

Councils are starting to publish their draft budget proposals for fiscal year 2022/23, which is where you’ll find information on the increase.

For example, Stoke-on-Trent residents are expected to experience a 2.99% increase, under the council’s budget plan.

Those living in Southend-on-Sea are facing an increase of 3.99%, including 2% for adult social care – 1% of which has been moved since last year.

Meanwhile, households in Telford and Wrekin will only see their bills rise by 1% – just for adult social care when there is a council tax freeze.

Monitor your council’s website if it hasn’t made it public.

Check the council tax rates your property is covered by to find out how much increase will cost you.

You can find your local council using the gov.uk search engine.

You will then be sent a council tax bill in April stating the amount you owe.

Residents can choose to pay over a 10-month period.

You can also choose to pay in installments over 12 months if you want – although you won’t benefit from the payment pause at the end of 2022.

How can I get help with my council tax bills?

If you are concerned about paying your council tax bill, Help may be available.

Please reduce council tax

You may be able to get a reduction on your council tax bill, but that depends on your individual circumstances.

The deduction is for households with certain benefits, those with low incomes, and those with caregiving responsibilities.

Discounts range from 25% to 100%, which means you won’t have to pay any council tax.

The exact amount depends on:

  • Where do you live
  • Your circumstances (eg your income, number of children, benefits, your residency status)
  • Your household income – including your savings, pension and partner’s income
  • If your child lives with you
  • If other adults live with you

You will need to contact your local government for more information and to apply for direct council tax relief.

Change your council tax margin

Another way to reduce your tax bill is to change the scope of your assets.

Last year, thousands of households saved money by reducing the council tax margin.

If successful, you could get thousands of pounds worth of cash back and hundreds of pounds deducted from your annual bill.

Experts estimate that up to 400,000 won assets are still in the wrong group – meaning thousands of people are overpaying.

If you challenge your band to the board you may not be successful and actually you may end up paying more if they think you should be in the higher paying band.

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