Huge council tax hikes confirmed across the UK – see how much your money is growing

Council tax is rising across the UK by up to 5% as the cost of living crisis continues to hit hard working families. We explain how to check how much your council tax is going up

Council tax bills are increasing from April
Council tax bills are increasing from April

Households across the UK are facing tax increase council from april like cost of living crisis continue to bite.

The official limit on the number of local governments can increase council tax is 5% – this is made up of a 2% council tax increase and an extra 3% for social care.

Technically, councils can ask to charge more than this, but they must first hold a referendum with residents.

Any new council tax rates are always in place from early April, to match the new tax year.

This means that many local governments are now confirming how much residents will see their bills increase in just a few weeks.

How to find out how much your council tax is going up

Council tax bills will increase up to 5%


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Councils across the UK are starting to set the rates bills will rise from April 2022. These rates will be in place until March 2023.

Surrey County Council and Lincolnshire County Council have just approved a separate 4.99% increase, while Lancashire County Council will increase it by 3.99%.

West Sussex and Kent County Councils both proposed a 2.99% increase, as did Suffolk County Council, Norfolk County Council and Liverpool Council.

Are you worried about rising council tax bills? Let us know:

East Sussex County Council has agreed to increase council tax by 1.99%.

As each council is responsible for setting their own tax rates, you will need to check your local government website to see if they have proposed a council tax increase.

The rate you are charged for council tax depends on the council tax rate your property is at.

How to check your council tax margin

Each property is classed at a different council tax rate


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Each property is placed on a council tax margin. This determines how much council tax you have to pay.

The band you place is calculated based on your net worth as of April 1991.

Your house will be arranged in one of eight bands if you live in Scotland or England:

  • Band A – up to £40,000

  • Band B – £40,000 to £52,000

  • C Band – £52,000 to £68,000

  • Band D – £68,000 to £88,000

  • Band E – £88,000 to £120,000

  • Band F – £120,000 to £160,000

  • G-band – £160,000 to £320,000

  • Band H – net worth over £320,000

In Wales, there are nine bands. as follows:

  • Band A – under £44,000

  • Band B – £44,001 to £65,000

  • C Band – £65,001 to £91,000

  • Band D – £91,001 to £123,000

  • Band E – £123,001 to £162,000

  • Band F – £162,001 to £223,000

  • G Band – £223,001 to £324,000

  • Band H – £324,001 to £424,000

  • Band I – net worth over £424,001

In Northern Ireland, there is no council tax margin system, instead local rates are based on rent.

If you live in England and Wales the best way to check your Council tax rate is through official government page. All you need to do is enter the address or postal code on the government site and that will tell you which group you belong to.

People living in Scotland can use Scottish Jury website to check out their band. In Northern Ireland you can find more information on how properties are valued through Northern Ireland government website.

How to reduce your council tax bill

ONE new £150 council tax refund scheme has just been confirmed by the government – and this will apply to your bill from this April.

It applies to homes in council tax bands A, B, C or D in England and Wales – around 80% of properties – but does not apply to homes living in council tax bands E, F , G and H.

Scotland residents will also get a £150 discount if they’re in groups A to D – but they’re also eligible if they’re currently on council tax relief.

If you don’t get a discount, there are other ways to reduce your council tax bill.

Some people can get a council tax discount of 25% to 100% on your bill – but the help provided depends on where you live.

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It’s best to contact your local government to see what you can claim.

But as an example, if you are the only adult living at your address you can get 25% off your council tax bill.

The same thing happens if there is an adult living with another person who is “despised”.

This could be a student and an adult living together, or a caregiver in a home caring for someone with a disability.

You can get 50% off your council tax bill if people in your home are “not interested” in the bill.

And a maximum discount of 100% may apply to someone with severe mental impairment and living alone, or if you live in an all-student household.

You can also claim help through Council Tax Relief (sometimes called Council Tax Assistance) if you are on a low income or enjoy certain benefits.

You may find your council tax bill reduced by up to 100% depending on your circumstances.

Whether you are entitled to help through the Council’s Tax Assistance program largely depends on the following:

  • Where do you live
  • Your circumstances (e.g. income, number of children, benefits, 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 can apply if you own a home, rent a home, are unemployed or working.

Again, each board has their own plan so the help provided is not guaranteed – but it’s still worth checking.

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