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.
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.
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Former chancellor George Osborne sent his successor a message of support on the day of his first Budget.
In a tweet to Philip Hammond, he wrote: "Good luck Philip with the first of what I hope will be many successful budgets.
"Standing there with that red box is quite a moment. Enjoy it!"
Good luck Philip with the first of what I hope will be many successful budgets. Standing there with that red box is quite a moment.Enjoy it!