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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.

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.

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
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