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GUARDIAN SURVEY FINDS COUNCIL TAX TO RISE BY AVERAGE 1.7%

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Council tax bills look set to fall next year in about 140 English districts, the Guardian reports (p10 December 11)...
Council tax bills look set to fall next year in about 140 English districts, the Guardian reports (p10 December 11).

The figures come from a study carried out for the paper which found that the average charge is likely to be increased by 1.7%.

Isles of Scilly with bills down 54.2% is listed as the biggest gainer with the other 11 gainers given as Newham (down 28.9%), Greenwich, Wakefield, Hackney, Easington, Newcastle, Haringey, Doncaster, Tower Hamlets, Harlow and Hillingdon (down 12.5%). The biggest losers are Westminster, Wellingborough, Hambleton, Bradford, Liverpool, Slough, East Yorkshire, Wolverhampton, Sandwell, Forest Heath, Suffolk, North Dorset and Richmond upon Thames.

The Guardian says its study found that the average band C tax is likely to rise by 1.7% to £513.

It adds that many bills will be further reduced by council tax benefit and transitional relief but Wandsworth, where everybody receives transitional relief, will see rises of about 75% although the council tax here will still be among the lowest in Britain.
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