Average 5.1% increase on band D properties comes despite local authorities cutting services
Survey reveals impact of financial woes faced by local authorities after funding cuts
Nearly all local authorities in England are set to raise council tax and service charges amid concerns for their financial stability, a survey suggests.
Hammond’s 100% extra tax on vacant property dismissed as ‘joke’ unlikely to hit wealthy buyers or spur re-use of housing
Daily Mail columnist Stephen Glover thinks the prime minister should put new taxes on the empty homes that are owned by super-rich investors.
George Osborne’s raid on landlords and second-home owners has raked in an extra £1.4bn this financial year alone, twice as much as the former chancellor of the exchequer expected when he raised stamp duty on property investors.
Scores of local authorities in England plan to increase council tax by up to 5% next year, according to research.
The Local Government Information Unit said 94% of the 131 councils it spoke to were intending to put up bills, with their finances at "breaking point".
A third of these, 34% in total, intend to put up bills by more than 2%.
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