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90% of English local authorities increasing council tax, while one Midland council will stay same

90% of English local authorities to increase council tax Credit: PA

Nine out of 10 local authorities in England are increasing their level of council tax from April, a new survey has found.

Residents in some areas will see their bills rise by as much as 5%, as councils take full advantage of new powers to top up their charges with money ring-fenced for social care.

Among the 22 local authorities to buck the national trend and not raise their portion of council tax is Wyre Forest council, in Worcestershire.

Leader Marcus Hart said putting up council tax should be a "last resort". He said he had been able to freeze the tax because of increasing other fees and charges, including ones for car parking, bulky waste collections and cutting trees down.

Our narrative is, broadly, council tax payers - we won't just be using you by putting up council tax just to subsidise other services.

– Worcestershire County Council leader

Tim Roache, general secretary of the public sector GMB union, said:

That almost every local authority is being forced to raise council tax to meet the even the basic needs of communities up and down the country shows just how far the Government have gone in abdicating responsibility for public services.

– GMB union, Tim Roache

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Chancellor to outline government plan for Midlands Engine

Chancellor Philip Hammond Credit: ITV News Central

The Chancellor Philip Hammond is visiting the region today to outline the governments plan for the Midlands Engine.

For the West Midlands, proposals are expected to include multimillion pound investment to help youth employability, funding for a new University in Hereford, and development of a Black Country Garden City.

For the East Midlands, an announcement is expected to be made about a global hub for space technology in Leicester while funds will be set aside to improve road connections around Loughborough, and regenerate Derby.

Chancellor Philip Hammond Credit: ITV News Central
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