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AVERAGE COUNCIL TAX BILLS LIKELY TO RISE BY 1.7%, TIMES REPORTS

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Average council tax bills in England are likely to rise by 1.7% next year, the Times reports (p6).The paper gives d...
Average council tax bills in England are likely to rise by 1.7% next year, the Times reports (p6).The paper gives detailed figures for how council tax bills will change around the country from a computer study.

It says that town halls will struggle to keep down costs before the local elections in May but some councils, mostly Labour-controlled, look likely to present taxpayers with percentage rises well into double figures.

The paper predicts the average tax on a house in band C will be £513.

Of the 16 councils where bills are likely to rise by more than 10% all but three are Labour controlled. Harsh capping is forcing the traditional big spenders to slash budgets, it says so that the difference between flagship Conservative councils such as Wandsworth and Westminster is narrowing in comparison with Labour strongholds.

People living in Richmond upon Thames will receive the highest bill in all eight bands, the Times says.
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