Council tax set to soar by £78 next month – with typical bills topping £2,000 for first time

COUNCIL bills are set to soar by £78 per household in England next year – with two areas seeing bills top an eye-watering £2,000, worrying research has found.

Brits in the East of England will escape the worst rises, but outer London families will be hardest hit from April onwards, according to research from CIPFA, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

And in two areas the average bill for a Band D property will soar over £2,000 for the first time – in the North East and South West of England.

A typical bill will rise by 4.3 per cent in the next financial year.

And bill-payers across the country face a postcode lottery of tax hikes – with some rising by just three per cent, and others shooting up by five per cent.

Harry Fone, grassroots campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said last night: "Council tax bills are going sky-high and feel like a kick in the teeth to taxpayers.

"The last thing residents need are almost-automatic rate rises, meaning an even bigger council tax bill.

"Local authorities must do more right now to eradicate wasteful spending and stop these huge hikes.”

And Tax Justice UK Executive Director, Robert Palmer, said: "It can’t be right that a Park Lane millionaire can end up paying a comparable amount of council tax as a just about managing family in the north.

"Politicians need to grasp the nettle and tackle our grossly outmoded approach to how we tax wealth in the UK."

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