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.
For a second successive year, the country's poorest families are facing big increases in council tax.
This change to the welfare system is largely below the radar but has significant impact for families already struggling to get by on a low income. Paying this tax increase will be beyond most, pushing them into deeper hardship.
People previously deemed too poor to pay anything now face a hefty council tax bill. English councils have to hold a referendum if they want to put council tax up by more than 2%.
This government policy, aimed at keeping rises down, has been a success. Now the transitional grant has gone, it is time that government offered the same protection to the poorest households.