How much will my municipal tax increase today? Our calculator shows how hiking suits you

England’s average Band D council tax bill has risen by £67 today to almost £2,000 a year.

Official figures show that the 3.5% increase – although Tory ministers insist most increases would be capped at 3% – brings England’s average bill for a Band D house to £1,966.

It comes at the same time as a cost-of-living crisis that is sending up national insurance, inflation and utility bills, while income tax thresholds are frozen for millions, resulting in the largest drop in income since records began in the 1950s.

It means families in Band-D homes will find almost half of this year’s £150 rebate – meant to cover rising energy bills – eaten up by rising council taxes.

The average bill for Band A rises to £1,310, Band B to £1,529 and Band C to £1,747 per year.

The totals do not take into account this year’s £150 rebate for families in bands A to D to help pay soaring energy bills.

However, the £150 rebate is a one-off and won’t apply next year, when bills are likely to rise again and Band D’s average total exceeds £2,000 for the first time.

Scroll down to use our council tax increase search tool.

Families in Band-D homes will find almost half of this year’s £150 rebate – meant to cover rising energy bills – eaten up by rising council taxes


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Rate tax margins are determined by looking at roughly how much a home is worth.

Since most homes are in lower bands, Band D’s council tax isn’t really average.

After the £150 rebate, the average council tax per dwelling in 2022/23 is £1,375.

But the latest spike will mean Band D’s bills have skyrocketed by more than £500 a year since the Tories took power in 2010.

Most social welfare councils have been told they could increase bills by 2.99% – 1% for care and 1.99% for general funds – in 2022/23.

But figures earlier this week confirmed that 63 out of 151 in England are raising bills by more than 3% – with Bolsover’s bills rising a whopping 5.33%.

This is partly because town halls that did not fully utilize a 3% subsidy last time can carry it over into 2022/23. This is also because individual segments or “regulations” of council tax can increase by more than 3%.

Despite the big gains, local authorities will still be worse off and consider cuts in services as inflation is expected to hit 9% this year.

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Andrew Dixon, founder of the Fair Share campaign group, called for an overhaul of the entire municipal tax system based on house values ​​in 1991.

He said: “The recent council tax hikes are exorbitant, unfair and an affront to millions of people in modest homes across the UK.

“The chancellor urgently needs to stop fumbling while Rome burns.

“As the cost-of-living crisis continues to escalate, it is time to abolish council tax and stamp duty and introduce a modern proportional property tax that reflects existing property prices, not the values ​​of over 30 years ago.”

Robert Palmer, Executive Director of Tax Justice UK, added: “This will exacerbate the cost of living scandal families are currently facing.

“An increase in council tax will hit poorer households much harder than wealthier ones. It is a political decision to allow an increase in municipal taxes and at the same time build up social security.

“Rishi Sunak has to rethink. He should close the tax loopholes of the rich and powerful.

“He should also introduce a windfall tax for oil and gas companies like BP that are enjoying massive windfall while people across the country are struggling to pay their energy bills.”

A government spokesman said: “We understand the pressure people are facing with the cost of living. These are global challenges but the Government has pledged a £22billion package to support families and ensure people keep more of their money.

“Our £150 tax refund means council tax bills will not increase for the majority of people, including those on the lowest incomes. Added to this is a £200 reduction in energy bills in October.

“An additional £144m will be made available to communities to help any household in need as they see fit, regardless of the community’s tax bracket.”

How much will my council tax go up?


Enter your zip code and select your band below to view your region’s projected increase from April 1, 2022. These numbers are not definitive increases – They are like that, as our research in February showed. Updated government figures were released earlier this week. Scroll down for a more detailed explanation of what the numbers mean.

How do I calculate my council tax margin?

Houses are “banded” based on value from Band A to Band H, and a formula is then applied to the Band D rate to determine how much you pay.

In theory, Band D is the average home, although in some areas – poorer parts of northern England and Northumbria for example – the majority of homes are actually in Band A.

As such, some councils dispute the idea that a Band D house is “average” because, in fact, most people are in the cheapest class.

You can look for your rate tax band on the government website here or find it on last year’s bill.

What our search tool includes

Your council tax is divided into different sections called ‘bids’ which are imposed by different authorities and they all rise at different rates.

We calculated our numbers using the increase in what is by far the largest section of your bill – yours social authority.

This is either your County, Metropolitan Borough, London Borough or Unitary Council depending on where you live.

Our search tool has also been tweaked this year to include increases imposed by the Greater London Authority which adds 8.8% to its share of bills.

So if you live in London, our tool should reflect your tax hike pretty well – or at least what was suggested in February.

What our search tool does NOT include

Our search tool does not include the rise in bid for Municipal councils, smaller district councils (if you are in a county council area), Fire Department, or police authorities outside of London.

Our final forecast of your council tax includes the regulations themselves – but only at last year’s rates, excluding the increase expected in April.

The reason we left out these additional increases is because there are so many that it becomes extremely complex to include them in our search tool.

These bids are fairly small though – so the additional increase for all, on top of what our search tool says, is typically less than £20 a year for a Band D house.

Our figures also only apply to the council system in England, not Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland.

What do the council leaders say?

Shaun Davies of the Local Government Association warned councils face a “difficult choice” between increasing bills or cutting services.

“The government continues to rely on the municipalities’ tax collection powers to increase the municipalities’ core spending power,” he told the Mirror.

Tim Oliver, leader of the County Councils Network, said a £700million loophole by the Government left leaders with no choice.

“A large portion of these council tax increases will go to fund vital adult social care services,” he said.

“County areas receive half of England’s total welfare requests, a challenge exacerbated by demand and soaring costs during the pandemic.”

Yesterday the Government announced its fourth temporary rescue package for Transport for London, this time at £200million, to last until June.

Mayor Sadiq Khan has accused the government of failing to invest in the capital and warned he will cut services if there is no turnaround.

Do I get a separate municipal tax credit?

Several groups can get a discount on the full rate of council tax or not pay it at all. They include:

  • Full-time students (100% discount)
  • Armed Forces in Barracks (100% discount)
  • Individuals who have moved into a nursing home or hospital (100% discount)
  • Living alone (25% discount)
  • Apprentices, Nursing Students, Monks and Nuns, Caregivers (up to 50% off)

However, if you live in a mixed household, you may still have to pay the full contribution. Use the government’s tool here to see if you’re eligible.

I’m a Council Officer or Council Member and I have a question about the numbers

Our numbers come from financial reports from cabinet/executive and general council meetings.

These numbers may change later in the process. So if you think we need to update the figures for your area in our search tool, please email with the subject ‘Council Tax’.

Or you can read government tables on your council tax increase here.

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