Up, down or staying the same? Council Tax in the North West

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Residents in parts of Greater Manchester face increased bills of up to 3.7% Photo: PA

Residents in Greater Manchester are to face the biggest increases in council tax, as seven of its ten local authorities plan a hike in bills.

More than half of councils in the North West propose to freeze or reduce council tax for the coming financial year.

Seventeen plan to freeze the bill, with only two authorities, Lancashire County Council (2%) and Blackpool (0.01%) planning a cut. The latter would see a fall of just 9 pence on the annual bill.

That though leaves sixteen North West town halls who set to vote through increases, with residents in Manchester (3.7%), Bolton (3.5%), Bury (3.5%), Oldham (3.5%), Rochdale (3.5%) and Tameside (3.5%) facing the biggest rise.

The proposals by seven authorities including Stockport (2.5%) will defy the wishes of Communities and Local Government Minister Eric Pickles, who previously said councils who raise the tax by 2% or more should call a local referendum to allow residents to decide.

Below is a guide to the plans proposed by councils in our region:

Proposed freeze:

  • Blackburn With Darwen Borough Council
  • Cheshire East Council
  • Congleton Borough Council
  • Cumbria County Council
  • Fylde Borough Council
  • Hyndburn Borough Council
  • Pendle Borough Council
  • Ribble Valley Borough Council
  • St Helens Council
  • Salford City Council
  • South Lakeland Council
  • Sefton Council
  • South Ribble Council
  • Trafford Metropolitan Council
  • Knowsley Borough Council
  • Rossendale Borough Council
  • Chorley Borough Council

Proposed cut:

  • Lancashire County Council - 2%
  • Blackpool Borough Council - 0.01%

Proposed increase:

  • Barrow Council - 1.9%
  • Bolton Council - 3.5%
  • Burnley Borough Council - 1.9%
  • Bury Metropolitan Borough Council - 3.5%
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council - 1.9%
  • Halton Borough Council - 1.9%
  • Lancaster City Council - 2%
  • Liverpool City council - 1.8%
  • Manchester City Council- 3.7%
  • Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council - 3.5%
  • Preston Borough Council - 2%
  • Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council - 3.5%
  • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council - 2.5%
  • Tameside Council - 3.5%
  • Warrington - 1.98%
  • Wirral Council - 1.6%

West Lancashire, Wigan and Wyre councils are yet to declare their plans.