Hampshire Council Tax: Calculator shows how much your bills will rise from April

Households in Hampshire are facing a steep rise in what they pay for council services from April.

In addition to council tax, energy prices in the county are expected to rise as the cost of living crisis begins to bite.

Across the country, a rebate of £150 will be given to around 20 million households in AD bands to help counter the council tax hike.

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Direct debit customers will see it added to their account in April.

More than half of England’s regions will see their Band D council tax bills hit by £50 or more at the same time.

Meanwhile, all domestic electricity customers will get a £200 cut on their energy bills from October. Energy suppliers will apply the reduction to electricity customers from October, with the government bearing the costs.

The rebate will then be automatically collected from individuals’ bills in equal installments of £40 over the next five years. This will start from 2023, when global wholesale gas prices are expected to fall.

Are you worried about the rising cost of energy and housing taxes? Let us know in the short survey below.

HampshireLive asked our readers if they were worried about the rising cost of living.

A large majority – 96% of readers – said their household bills had risen in the past six months, with 88% saying they had tried to reduce the amount they spent on heating and electricity.

When asked about the actions they had taken, 29% had reduced their heating and electricity consumption, 24% had reduced other expenses, 20% had tried to reduce their food bill and 14% had dipped into their savings.

How much will my housing tax increase?

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the changes, luckily with HampshireLive’s handy tax calculator you can see what it will mean for you.

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Homes are “grouped” from Band A to Band H based on their value, and a formula is then applied to the Band D rate to determine how much you pay.

In theory, Band D is the average house, although in some areas – the poorer parts of northern England for example, and in Northumbria – the majority of houses are actually in Band A.

Thus, some councils dispute the idea that a D-band house is “average”, because in fact most people are in the cheapest bracket.

Are you worried about the rising cost of energy and housing taxes? Join the discussion in the comments section below.

You can look up your council tax band on the government website or find it on last year’s bill.

What our search tool includes

Your council tax is divided into different sections called “precepts”, imposed by different authorities, and they all increase at different rates.

We’ve calculated our figures using the increase in by far the biggest chunk of your bill – your social welfare authority.

This is your county, metropolitan borough, London borough or unitary council, depending on where you live.

Our search tool has also been modified this year to include increases imposed by the Greater London Authority, which adds 8.8% to its share of bills.

So if you live in London, our tool should be a fairly accurate reflection of your tax increase.

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Most social care boards are allowed to increase bills by 2.99% – 1% for care and 1.99% for general funds.

But town halls that did not use all of a 3% allowance last time can carry it over.

It comes after councils have already been forced to pass on years of above-inflation hikes to deal with Tory austerity.

The average Band D bill in England is currently £1,898 a year, up from £1,439 in 2010/11.

Only 15 of 151 councils are planning hikes of less than 2%, of which only three – Hammersmith & Fulham, Wandsworth and Southampton – plan to freeze or cut bills.

Band D bills in the worst affected parts of England topped £2,000 for the first time in 2019.

From April, almost half of the council’s areas – 64 out of 151 – will have a Band D bill over £2,000.

The Greater London Authority will increase its share of bills in the capital by 8.8 per cent, an increase of £31.93 on a Band D bill.

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Esther L. Steinbach