A survey of local authorities found most are planning substantial increases that will raise the average council tax bill to nearly £1,600.Read the full story ›
Cuts to local services will continue across many towns and cities in the UK, despite council tax bills rising by up to 5% this year.Read the full story ›
Some 94% of the council leaders questioned said they would be forced to increase charging for services.Read the full story ›
The local authority had proposed increasing council tax by 15% to cover social care costs, but are now seeing a rise of less than 5%.Read the full story ›
The council blames Westminster for cutting funding and say the rise is crucial to be able to afford social care.Read the full story ›
Cuts and rising cost of adult social care will leave councils underfunded, warns Local Government Association.Read the full story ›
European Commission calls for the UK to raise taxes on expensive homes, build more housing and "adjust" the Help to Buy scheme are "in line" with government policy, a Treasury spokesman has said.
"The European Commission continues to support the UK Government's strategy including its commitment to deficit reduction. The Commission's recommendations are in line with the Government's approach," the spokesman said.
Spending on council tax benefit doubled under the last Government, costing taxpayers £4 billion a year-equivalent to almost £180 a year per household. Welfare reform is vital to tackle the budget deficit left by the last administration.
Our reforms to localise council tax support now give councils stronger incentives to support local firms, cut fraud, promote local enterprise and get people into work. We are ending the last administration's 'something for nothing' culture and making work pay.