Council tax is rising across the UK by up to 5% as the cost of living crisis continues to affect millions of families. It comes as some homes are told to store their own trash amid rising worker strikes
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Households face paying an extra £60 in council tax as garbage collection strikes hit their worst levels in 40 years.
Garbage strikes are at a nearly four-decade high nationwide, but households in affected areas will see their bills rise from April, with the average increase from 48 table to 69 pounds.
In Wiltshire, where recycling collections are suspended until March 21, the bill will rise by £69 for an average Band D property.
In West Sussex, workers at Adur and Worthing councils began a two-week strike on Monday over wages.
Council tax bills for area residents will increase by £69 and £60 to £2,126 and £2,033 respectively.
Coventry Council has asked households to reserve seats in advance. Council tax bills will increase by £66 to £2,075 next year.
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People in council tax groups A to D will receive £150 off their council tax from next month, when the latest increases take effect.
GMB union says truckers are taking action to ensure wage increases keep up inflationary in the context of warnings could soon reach 8%.
It notes that drivers may be paid more in other jobs because of the demand for qualified HGV drivers. Disputes involving garbage collectors in Coventry regarding the Trade Union.
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
In Details on how the bill will change in a post over the next few weeks.
For instance, Surrey County Council and Lincolnshire County Council approved a 4.99% increase, while Lancashire County Council said the tax would increase 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.
East Sussex County Council has agreed to increase council tax by 1.99%.
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 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 system of council tax margin, 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 the discount, there are other ways to reduce your council tax bill.
Some people may be able to get a council tax discount of 25% to 100% on your bill – but the help provided depends on where you live and your circumstances, such as any benefits be checking the vehicle you receive and the number of residents there your home. See our guide on council tax discount, here.
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