Dorset council tax calculator: how much will your council tax increase in April?

Council tax paid by Dorset residents will rise to £124 from April, with local authorities raising rates by up to 4% in some areas.

Search by the mirror reveals that those living under Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council will face a 4% increase in rates, while those in Dorset Council areas will see a 2.99% increase.

These increases seem likely to exacerbate a cost of living crisis caused by a hike in National Insurance, a £693 rise in energy bills and cuts in benefits and pensions in real terms.

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Residents of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole can expect to see the 4% hike take effect from April 1, in a move expected to be approved by councilors last month.

The amount of increased bills depends on the municipal tax bracket a property is in, which is determined by its value.

Those with houses in Band A will pay £41 more, Band B £48 more, Band C £55 more, Band D £62 more, Band E £75 more, Band F £89 more, G-Band £103 more and H-Band £124 more.

The 2.99% increase will apply to people living in Wimborne, Beaminster, Blandford, Bridport, Dorchester, Ferndown and Lyme Regis.

Residents of Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Swanage and Weymouth are also among those facing an almost 3% increase from next month.

That means paying £35 more in Band A, £41 more in Band B, £47 more in Band C, £53 more in Band D, £64 more in Band E, £76 more in Band F, £88 more in Band G and £106 more in Band H.

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Last October, Chancellor Rishi Sunak imposed a 2.99% increase cap for 2022/23, including a 1% welfare precept and 1.99% council tax.

But several authorities – including BCP Council – have circumvented this problem by adding unused allocations from previous years to inflate their receipts by up to 5%.

And these figures do not include separate small precepts paid to district councils, firefighters, police forces and parish councils, which are also expected to increase from April.

The increases must compensate for the council’s revenue losses during the pandemic. The Money Advice Trust reported last July that local authorities owed £4.4billion by residents struggling because of job losses.

The Trust then recommended that government ministers boost tax support for the council and change laws ‘to prevent the rapid escalation of debt and ensure people are treated fairly’.

They also demanded that those who receive assistance with the payment of their council tax be exempted from visits by bailiffs.

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Meanwhile, Citizens Advice reported in February that more people reached out to them for help in January 2022 than at any other time during the pandemic.

A record 270,000 people contacted the advice service this month, surpassing a previous high of 265,000 in November 2021.

A staggering 24,000 people needed emergency crisis assistance, such as food bank vouchers – the highest number of monthly claimants the charity has ever seen.

All of this hints at the “tremendous pressures households are facing even before major increases in energy bills begin in April,” the service said.

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