Council Tax

  • Council rejects tax freeze offer

    23 February 2024

    Argyll and Bute Council has become the first to reject the Scottish Government’s council tax freeze.


  • Brum proposes £300m cuts

    20 February 2024

    Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council will cut spending on services by £300m to balance its books.


  • Sunak doesn't accept the council tax system is broken

    16 February 2024

    Without the additional £17m a year Somerset Council could have generated through council tax the future looks very bleak indeed, says leader Bill Revans.


  • Reform council tax to level up

    13 February 2024

    Henri Murison says the archaic council tax system has to change – and work should begin immediately on a revaluation of all properties in England before the General Election.


  • Wales could drive agenda on council tax, report argues

    12 February 2024

    Wales could have a chance to deal with unfairness in the council tax system and drive the agenda for other nations and regions to follow, a report from think-tank Centre for Cities has said.


  • A hike too far?

    11 February 2024

    The Government has allowed some authorities to hike council tax while refusing Somerset Council’s bid to take the same step. Meanwhile, the system remains ‘highly regressive’. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Councils push back budgets

    05 February 2024

    Uncertainties over funding have forced councils to push back their budget-setting with the deadline looming.


  • Gove sheds light on productivity plans

    05 February 2024

    Communities secretary Michael Gove has released further details of the Government's productivity plans, including a clampdown on consultants and diversity schemes.


  • Council leaders demand right to set tax levels

    26 January 2024

    Local authority leaders in Scotland have renewed their fight to set their own council taxes – despite the pledge of a freeze by first minister Humza Yousaf.


  • Call for council tax overhaul

    26 January 2024

    Work should begin now on the ‘long-overdue’ revaluation of all domestic properties in England to bolster local government finance, a think-tank has argued.


  • Thurrock avoids 10% council tax hike

    12 January 2024

    Cash-strapped Thurrock Council has pledged residents will not face a 10% council tax rise – but still needs to confirm how much extra they must pay.


  • Somerset in capitalisation request amid ‘financial emergency’

    10 January 2024

    Somerset Council is to seek a capitalisation direction and permission to raise council tax by up to 10% as it attempts to stave off a section 114 notice.


  • Birmingham faces 10% council tax hike

    10 January 2024

    Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council could raise council tax by 10% if the Government gives its finance plan the go-ahead.


  • Awakening of a sleeping giant

    10 January 2024

    Ambition, opportunities and green technologies. South Derbyshire DC has huge potential and is working to unleash it. Ann McGauran reports.


  • Welsh minister backs tax reforms

    03 January 2024

    One of the candidates to become first minister of Wales has backed reform of council tax.


  • Council tax freeze to cost £156m

    02 January 2024

    Scottish councils face a real terms cut of up to £156m next year as a result of the council tax freeze, new research has found.


  • Scottish finance settlement 'is not enough'

    19 December 2023

    The Scottish Government has said councils will receive the equivalent of a 5% council tax increase next year.


  • Tax referendum cap lifted for three councils

    19 December 2023

    A number of councils are set to raise council tax by up to 10% next year without holding referendums.


  • Council tax freeze costs Scottish Government £300m

    15 December 2023

    Fully funding local authorities for Scotland’s council tax freeze contributes significantly to the £1.5bn shortfall facing the country’s government, experts have warned.


  • Policy statement brings little Christmas cheer for councils

    14 December 2023

    The local government finance policy statement confirmed sector fears that there is no new money for the sector at a time when many councils are near breaking point, says Cllr Sir Stephen Houghton.