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Council tax bills fall in London

Londoners will see their council tax bills fall in cash terms this year, while the rest of the country are set for below inflation rises.

The average charge for a B and D property is set to be 0.4% lower in the capital, compared to a bump of 0.8% elsewhere in England.

The figures were compiled by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) after surveying local authorities.

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Boroughs to hike council tax

Bromley Council is among five boroughs which are reportedly planning to raise council tax next year.

The increases are understood to be just short of the 2% cap which would have required a public vote in the borough.

The other boroughs are Kingston-upon-Thames, Lewisham, Harrow and Croydon.

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Essex freezes council tax for the third year

Essex County Council is to freeze its council tax for the third successive year. It means an average Band D property will be paying £1,086.75 per year.

The council also announced it's to spend £180 million on the county's roads over the next four years.

Under today’s budget agreement the Council will also:

  • Launch a Local Authority Mortgage Scheme to help first-time buyers get onto the property ladder
  • Spend £18 million on nearly 1,000 additional school places
  • Spent £2 million on providing accommodation for vulnerable people
  • Investing £7.7 million in improving broadband capacity

The budget also outlines the authority will make £55 million savings and efficiencies during 2013/2014. It will also ask the Boundary Commission to look at the authority to see if any additional savings can be made by reviewing the size of the council.

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Haringey woman to continue tax fight

A woman from Haringey is already planning an appeal against a high court's ruling to uphold her local council's decision to make certain residents pay more of their council tax.

"We are disappointed with the decision, which potentially means that 25,000 of the poorest, most vulnerable people in Haringey face the prospect of paying council tax for the first time. However, the judge has granted permission to appeal the ruling which we hope will take place as soon as possible. Research has shown that council tax bills could rise by up to £600 a year from April for some households. This is a lot of money to low-income families and many will simply not be able to afford the extra payments as they are already struggling to cover the basics such as food and heating."

– The lawyer representing the woman who can't be named for legal reasons

Woman vows to continue council tax battle

A single mother is set to take a council tax fight with her local authority to the Court of Appeal after failing in a High Court challenge.

The woman, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, says the London Borough of Haringey acted unlawfully when consulting on a council tax reduction scheme.

Households could see a rise in council tax of nearly £600 Credit: PA

The court case comes after news that millions of the countries poorest household could face an increase in the amount of council tax they pay from April.

Independent researchers the Resolution Foundation found that some of them could end up paying an extra 20% of their full council tax bill, that before may have be subsidised by benefits.