Council Taxes to Rise By Up to 5% in 2022

UK residents will be hit with bigger council tax bills this year as local authorities prepare to hike taxes by up to 5% this April.

Many local governments are looking to increase council tax payments in a bid to balance their budgets following a period of additional spending throughout the pandemic.

Residents pay council tax to fund our state schools and many local services such as rubbish collections.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in the latest budget that local authorities could increase the rates by up to 3% without having to hold a referendum. On top of that, they are able to add an additional 2% providing the funds are ringfenced for adult social care.

Some councils are already starting to publish their draft budget proposals for the 2022/23 financial year, which is where you’ll find information about the increase.

Some of the local authorities, including Stoke-on-Trent and Northamptonshire, are expected to hit residents with a 2.99% increase, according to their council’s budget plans.

Those living in Southend-on-Sea are facing a bigger increase of 3.99%, which includes 2% for adult social care – 1% of which has been carried over from 2021. Residents in Telford and Wrekin will be slightly better off as will only see their bills go up by 1% – which is ringfenced for adult social care as there is currently a council tax freeze.

How is my council tax calculated?

The amount you’ll pay is determined by your local council and depends on which “band” the property you live in falls under. Your home’s band is based on its value – the more expensive the property, the more council tax you will be charged.

If your council has not yet revealed their new council tax fees for 2022 / 2023, then keep an eye on your council’s website as the information will be made public in the coming weeks.

You can find your local council by using visiting the UK government website and searching for your area.