Households will soon see their Council Tax bills rise. Despite this, half of all councils plan to cut back on services and say they'll still go into the red.
Three-quarters plan to increase Council Tax by more than 2.5%, close to the 3% maximum without a referendum, the State of Local Government Finance Survey found. It is still being widely expected that this will not be enough and services will be cut as a result of a reduction of funding from Government.
This is particularly concerning for residents of rural local authorities who already pay on average £20.7%* more on their council tax bills than their urban counterparts with current services already at a reduced level to what can be found in urban areas.
*(Figures from the 19/20 Provisional Settlement)
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