Households in Leicestershire are facing an average council tax rise of 3% as authorities seek to balance the books. However, it is a decision that will hit many in the pocket.
Last month, local authorities across the county voted their budgets for the coming financial year, with all but one agreeing to raise the amount of their council tax. This comes on top of council tax increases already proposed by Leicestershire County Council and Leicester City Council – as well as the police and fire department.
While 2022 is expected to be a year of financial pressure for many, by how much will council tax increase where you are? Well, we’re here to help with this handy calculator.
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The housing tax is broken down into sections. Houses are “clustered” from band A to band H, with band D being considered the average house. The tax is then calculated based on its value relative to D-strip homes and this is where the payments vary across the board.
The council tax is also divided into different sections. These are known as precepts and are all increasing at different rates depending on who imposed them, ranging from police, fire and parish councils. This tool mainly focuses on the biggest section of anyone’s tax bill – the social welfare authority.
In Leicestershire this means either the county or the city council.
The calculator is not an exact science as it includes the precepts themselves – but only at last year’s rates, without the expected hike in April. They’re excluded from the tool for rationalization purposes, with all combined adding less than £20 a year for the average Strip D home.
But what are you going to pay? Find out by entering your postal code in our widget below:
What are the council leaders saying?
With the hikes due to come into effect next month, Shaun Davies of the Local Government Association warned that councils faced a “difficult choice” of raising bills or cutting services.
Talk to the mirrorhe said: “The government continues to rely on councils’ tax collection powers to increase councils’ basic purchasing power.”
Tim Oliver, chairman of the County Councils Network, said leaders had no choice but to raise taxes, even though they knew how unpopular it would be.
“A large portion of these municipal tax increases will be used to fund vital social services for adults,” he said. during the pandemic.
What is the government’s response?
While the cost of living crisis is set to hit many on different fronts this year, the government says it is helping around 20 million households in the AD bands with a £150 rebate. Direct debit customers will see this added to their account in April to help them cope with the rising incoming energy bill.
Meanwhile, households that don’t have direct debits are encouraged to set them up to make it easier to receive the rebate. People who do not pay their residence tax by direct debit will also be contacted by their municipality and invited to make a complaint.
‘We have given town halls the biggest increase in their buying power in 10 years – and those who try to raise bills excessively will face a public vote,’ a spokesperson for the Department of Leveling said. , housing and communities.
“We’ve also given the average working family an extra £1,000 in their pockets this year by increasing Universal Credit and we’re giving rebates on council taxes and energy bills to help lower the cost of living.”
Do I get a separate residence tax reduction?
While many are ready to feel the pressure of council tax increases, several groups may benefit from a reduction on the full rate. Some may not have to pay at all, but who does this apply to? The list is simple:
Full-time students (100% discount)
Armed Forces in Forces Accommodation (100% discount)
People who have moved into a nursing home or hospital (100% discount)
People living alone (25% reduction)
Apprentices, student nurses, monks and nuns, carers (up to 50% off)