Council tax to rise 2.9%

The organisation that represents councils in Wales says that council tax will rise by an average of 2.9% in the coming year.

Council tax in Wales to rise by average of 2.9%

The organisation that represents councils in Wales says that council tax will rise by an average of 2.9% in the coming year. The WLGA says this will mean that households in Wales will pay over £200 less on average than those in England. The increase will work out on average at £27 over a year.

This prediction is based on a survey of councils across Wales, although not all councils have yet finalised their budgets.

In England council tax is expected to rise by an average of 1.1% according to the the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Welsh councils are seeking to maintain their efforts to keep council tax rates down as low as possible, but it is inevitable that bills will rise given the current economic circumstances. Local government is experiencing unprecedented financial pressures due to the poor economic climate, real terms cuts to grant funding and UK Government reform of the Welfare state. Our focus is on getting the balance right for our citizens.

– Cllr Aaron Shotton, WLGA Finance Spokesperson
  • Anglesey - 5%
  • Gwynedd - 3.5%
  • Conwy - 3.88%
  • Denbighshire - 2%
  • Flintshire - 3%
  • Wrexham - 2.75%
  • Powys - 2.75%
  • Ceredigion - 3%
  • Pembrokeshire - 2.95%
  • Carmarthenshire - 3%
  • Swansea - 3.8%
  • Neath Port Talbot - 3.87%
  • Bridgend - 3.5%
  • Vale of Glamorgan - 4.8%
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff - 3.95%
  • Merthyr Tydfil - 3.2%
  • Caerphilly - 2.35%
  • Blaenau Gwent - 4.6%
  • Torfaen - 3.35%
  • Monmouthshire - no change
  • Newport - 3.5%
  • Cardiff - no change