Households hit with steepest council tax rise in 14 years

Households in England are facing the steepest council tax hike in 14 years, after the government announced an average 5.1% increase in band D council tax for the 2018-19 year.

The average home falls into the band D category and will see an average increase of £81.

This increase will see nearly £2 billion extra raised as town halls take advantage of new freedoms to increase bills by as much as 5.99%.

Councils leaders said caps on bills since the Conservatives took power had left them with "little choice" but to ask residents to pay more as they struggle to balance the books.

Shire areas - which have the highest average bill of £1,749 - have been hit with a £86 increase, while the average Band D household in London will pay £1,405, an increase of £55 on 2017/18.

In the new financial year, 148 out of 152 adult social care authorities will add some or all of the 3% precept they can charge to cover adult social care.

The extra charge accounts for £30 of the average Band D bill, the department said.

Councils leaders said caps on bills since the Conservatives took power had left them with "little choice" but to ask residents to pay more as they struggle to balance the books.

In February ITV News reported that the majority of crisis-hit councils across England were considering implementing a 5.99% rise.

Sajid Javid said bills are lower in real terms under the Conservatives Credit: PA

Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s shadow communities and local government secretary said the rise shows under the Conservative Government people are paying "more for less".

"Over the last eight years, council budgets have been reduced by 50% and services cut, with local people forced to pick up the slack as council tax bills soar," he said.

But communities secretary Sajid Javid said the last Labour government doubled council tax, insisting bills were lower in real terms under the Conservatives.

He said: "Council tax in England is 7.6% lower in real terms than it was when we came to government and we have introduced a legal right for local taxpayers to veto excessive increases."

Andrew Gwynne said the Conservative Government has left people paying 'more for less'. Credit: PA

Meanwhile Lord Porter, Local Government Association (LGA) chairman, warned that town halls will still have to cut back services despite the increase to bills.

"Since 2010, council tax bills have risen by less than inflation and other key household bills," he said.

"But faced with severe funding pressures, many councils feel they are being left with little choice but to ask residents to pay more to help them try and protect their local services.

"The extra income this year will help offset some of the financial pressures they face but the reality is that many councils are now beyond the point where council tax income can be expected to plug the growing funding gaps they face. This means councils will have to continue to cut back services or stop some altogether to plug funding gaps.

"The need for adequate funding for local government is urgent. We have repeatedly warned of the serious consequences of funding pressures facing services caring for the elderly and disabled, protecting children and tackling homelessness for the people that rely on them and the financial sustainability of other services councils provide."

Here are the 10 biggest rises in council tax for 2018-19

  • East Northamptonshire: £247.53, 7.41%

  • East Devon: £201.79, 6.71%

  • Charnwood: £202.48, 6.50%

  • Wiltshire: £1,522.97, 6.50%

  • Isle of Wight Council: £1,629.23, 6.49%

  • Pendle: £332.62, 6.10%

  • Bradford: £1,347.25, 6.05%

  • Sefton: £1,537.08, 6.02%

  • North Somerset: £1,401.49, 6.02%

  • Calderdale: £1,454.85, 6.01%

East Northamptonshire will see the biggest increase in band D council tax. Credit: PA

How much will your band D council tax rise to?

In the list below, the name of each council is given, along with the band D council tax cost, and the percentage increase on 2017/18.

  • Buckinghamshire £1,291.04 5.99%

  • Cambridgeshire £1,249.83 4.99%

  • Cumbria £1,332.13 3.99%

  • Derbyshire £1,272.12 4.99%

  • Devon £1,331.19 4.99%

  • Dorset £1,406.34 5.99%

  • East Sussex £1,393.11 5.99%

  • Essex £1,221.75 4.99%

  • Gloucestershire £1,232.21 4.49%

  • Hampshire £1,200.96 5.99%

  • Hertfordshire £1,320.46 5.99%

  • Kent £1,237.68 4.99%

  • Lancashire £1,294.92 5.99%

  • Leicestershire £1,242.60 5.99%

  • Lincolnshire £1,231.47 4.95%

  • Norfolk £1,322.73 5.99%

  • North Yorkshire £1,248.85 4.99%

  • Northamptonshire £1,236.35 5.98%

  • Nottinghamshire £1,419.43 4.99%

  • Oxfordshire £1,426.19 5.99%

  • Somerset £1,192.16 5.99%

  • Staffordshire £1,210.52 5.95%

  • Suffolk £1,242.54 4.99%

  • Surrey £1,411.29 5.99%

  • Warwickshire £1,363.68 4.99%

  • West Sussex £1,317.78 4.95%

  • Worcestershire £1,212.38 4.94%

  • District councils:

  • Adur £310.14 3.37%

  • Allerdale £234.66 3.65%

  • Amber Valley £210.85 3.59%

  • Arun £247.11 3.14%

  • Ashfield £194.21 2.64%

  • Ashford £192.84 3.62%

  • Aylesbury Vale £240.19 4.08%

  • Babergh £238.38 2.64%

  • Barrow-in-Furness £233.98 2.93%

  • Basildon £277.84 3.13%

  • Basingstoke & Deane £137.16 4.55%

  • Bassetlaw £200.24 3.17%

  • Blaby £252.97 5.34%

  • Bolsover £300.04 3.63%

  • Boston £241.97 4.59%

  • Braintree £214.17 3.29%

  • Breckland £174.01 5.85%

  • Brentwood £198.99 3.37%

  • Broadland £198.85 4.06%

  • Bromsgrove £240.66 2.92%

  • Broxbourne £128.24 4.06%

  • Broxtowe £186.76 0.47%

  • Burnley £296.25 3.17%

  • Cambridge £191.75 2.68%

  • Cannock Chase £236.94 1.98%

  • Canterbury £219.74 2.89%

  • Carlisle £225.15 2.82%

  • Castle Point £258.53 2.86%

  • Charnwood £202.48 6.50%

  • Chelmsford £226.66 2.61%

  • Cheltenham £209.00 3.48%

  • Cherwell £216.70 1.02%

  • Chesterfield £174.98 3.20%

  • Chichester £213.96 3.10%

  • Chiltern £248.55 3.70%

  • Chorley £204.71 2.95%

  • Christchurch £202.18 2.97%

  • Colchester £213.34 3.83%

  • Copeland £251.30 3.06%

  • Corby £197.55 1.42%

  • Cotswold £199.09 1.60%

  • Craven £227.77 2.91%

  • Crawley £198.99 2.55%

  • Dacorum £209.22 3.10%

  • Dartford £206.23 2.47%

  • Daventry £233.47 3.22%

  • Derbyshire Dales £256.98 3.28%

  • Dover £245.13 2.16%

  • East Cambridgeshire £214.37 2.53%

  • East Devon £201.79 6.71%

  • East Dorset £276.97 3.06%

  • East Hampshire £205.37 1.86%

  • East Hertfordshire £230.86 3.00%

  • East Lindsey £192.54 4.52%

  • East Northamptonshire £247.53 7.41%

  • East Staffordshire £210.06 0.23%

  • Eastbourne £239.67 2.90%

  • Eastleigh £196.05 0.66%

  • Eden £241.23 2.08%

  • Elmbridge £215.76 1.88%

  • Epping Forest £217.45 2.50%

  • Epsom & Ewell £192.60 2.98%

  • Erewash £191.40 3.61%

  • Exeter £150.05 3.45%

  • Fareham £155.22 3.33%

  • Fenland £307.43 2.55%

  • Forest Heath £236.56 3.11%

  • Forest of Dean £249.67 3.17%

  • Fylde £233.80 3.07%

  • Gedling £181.43 3.37%

  • Gloucester £202.67 2.95%

  • Gosport £219.19 3.00%

  • Gravesham £206.79 3.10%

  • Great Yarmouth £169.95 3.35%

  • Guildford £195.40 3.03%

  • Hambleton £144.81 4.35%

  • Harborough £214.52 2.10%

  • Harlow £272.28 0.00%

  • Harrogate £249.13 2.37%

  • Hart £243.80 2.82%

  • Hastings £257.81 2.99%

  • Havant £198.54 2.99%

  • Hertsmere £201.86 2.75%

  • High Peak £205.56 2.89%

  • Hinckley & Bosworth £179.61 4.49%

  • Horsham £203.26 4.89%

  • Huntingdonshire £236.08 2.12%

  • Hyndburn £241.14 2.12%

  • Ipswich £351.63 2.98%

  • Kettering £224.31 minus 0.76%

  • King's Lynn & West Norfolk £180.85 4.15%

  • Lancaster £235.37 3.01%

  • Lewes £294.23 3.16%

  • Lichfield £216.84 3.72%

  • Lincoln £267.03 2.95%

  • Maidstone £282.63 3.29%

  • Maldon £252.31 2.85%

  • Malvern Hills £222.51 4.09%

  • Mansfield £188.31 0.26%

  • Melton £230.31 3.36%

  • Mendip £246.83 4.66%

  • Mid Devon £252.29 3.98%

  • Mid Suffolk £233.00 1.76%

  • Mid Sussex £229.92 4.71%

  • Mole Valley £181.50 3.19%

  • New Forest £249.62 3.44%

  • Newark & Sherwood £243.61 2.07%

  • Newcastle-under-Lyme £205.63 4.52%

  • North Devon £234.63 3.08%

  • North Dorset £239.32 5.03%

  • North East Derbyshire £285.97 1.77%

  • North Hertfordshire £245.75 2.86%

  • North Kesteven £245.16 3.58%

  • North Norfolk £199.31 3.52%

  • North Warwickshire £255.09 0.39%

  • North West Leicestershire £234.42 1.28%

  • Northampton £236.17 3.01%

  • Norwich £256.46 2.99%

  • Nuneaton & Bedworth £226.88 2.99%

  • Oadby & Wigston £217.97 3.00%

  • Oxford £303.80 2.98%

  • Pendle £332.62 6.10%

  • Preston £312.63 3.56%

  • Purbeck £271.07 4.19%

  • Redditch £234.32 2.98%

  • Reigate & Banstead £227.25 3.01%

  • Ribble Valley £169.69 3.65%

  • Richmondshire £241.67 2.46%

  • Rochford £269.56 3.06%

  • Rossendale £266.17 1.99%

  • Rother £234.33 1.57%

  • Rugby £205.08 2.79%

  • Runnymede £159.59 3.23%

  • Rushcliffe £198.05 2.57%

  • Rushmoor £198.49 2.99%

  • Ryedale £238.13 3.50%

  • Scarborough £250.18 2.80%

  • Sedgemoor £214.14 3.50%

  • Selby £233.55 3.42%

  • Sevenoaks £293.51 3.38%

  • Shepway £318.00 4.00%

  • South Bucks £233.30 5.07%

  • South Cambridgeshire £228.20 4.23%

  • South Derbyshire £183.00 1.63%

  • South Hams £218.45 3.30%

  • South Holland £206.66 3.88%

  • South Kesteven £188.82 3.29%

  • South Lakeland £226.25 2.62%

  • South Norfolk £220.77 4.79%

  • South Northamptonshire £265.54 3.81%

  • South Oxfordshire £202.86 3.95%

  • South Ribble £224.88 2.38%

  • South Somerset £249.63 3.06%

  • South Staffordshire £164.04 3.95%

  • Spelthorne £197.44 2.60%

  • St Albans £215.80 1.78%

  • St Edmundsbury £242.99 2.09%

  • Stafford £174.81 2.49%

  • Staffordshire Moorlands £194.53 3.22%

  • Stevenage £204.46 2.99%

  • Stratford-on-Avon £196.30 1.15%

  • Stroud £285.02 4.15%

  • Suffolk Coastal £225.60 3.39%

  • Surrey Heath £232.40 2.85%

  • Swale £194.79 2.98%

  • Tamworth £171.75 3.00%

  • Tandridge £232.37 2.85%

  • Taunton Deane £174.36 3.55%

  • Teignbridge £231.49 3.69%

  • Tendring £198.96 3.35%

  • Test Valley £178.96 3.89%

  • Tewkesbury £171.61 4.03%

  • Thanet £266.90 5.60%

  • Three Rivers £219.14 3.29%

  • Tonbridge & Malling £259.10 2.80%

  • Torridge £217.75 4.77%

  • Tunbridge Wells £226.81 2.87%

  • Uttlesford £234.34 4.22%

  • Vale of White Horse £202.28 3.54%

  • Warwick £190.38 3.66%

  • Watford £262.46 2.99%

  • Waveney £233.00 4.88%

  • Waverley £234.79 3.81%

  • Wealden £284.96 2.90%

  • Wellingborough £168.43 3.90%

  • Welwyn Hatfield £245.96 1.60%

  • West Devon £292.75 3.50%

  • West Dorset £239.91 4.28%

  • West Lancashire £214.67 2.96%

  • West Lindsey £272.60 2.59%

  • West Oxfordshire £177.73 2.47%

  • West Somerset £228.97 3.57%

  • Weymouth & Portland £304.94 2.06%

  • Winchester £220.37 4.82%

  • Woking £233.46 2.98%

  • Worcester £184.91 2.96%

  • Worthing £231.30 2.96%

  • Wychavon £167.06 1.17%

  • Wycombe £182.14 3.19%

  • Wyre £211.94 2.72%

  • Wyre Forest £241.05 2.61%

  • London:

  • Barking & Dagenham £1,199.63 5.99%

  • Barnet £1,189.34 3.00%

  • Bexley £1,293.81 3.99%

  • Brent £1,202.31 4.99%

  • Bromley £1,158.48 3.99%

  • Camden £1,194.49 4.99%

  • City of London £857.31 0.00%

  • Croydon £1,342.73 4.99%

  • Ealing £1,145.89 5.99%

  • Enfield £1,261.17 4.99%

  • Greenwich £1,135.23 5.99%

  • Hackney £1,080.44 3.00%

  • Hammersmith & Fulham £727.81 0.00%

  • Haringey £1,281.57 3.00%

  • Harrow £1,394.69 3.49%

  • Havering £1,363.83 3.50%

  • Hillingdon £1,112.93 0.00%

  • Hounslow £1,167.76 4.00%

  • Islington £1,135.22 5.99%

  • Kensington & Chelsea £845.18 5.92%

  • Kingston-upon-Thames £1,477.46 0.00%

  • Lambeth £1,092.04 5.99%

  • Lewisham £1,203.87 3.99%

  • Merton £1,173.83 2.99%

  • Newham £964.54 0.00%

  • Redbridge £1,255.75 4.99%

  • Richmond-upon-Thames £1,412.71 3.99%

  • Southwark £1,035.31 5.99%

  • Sutton £1,308.52 3.99%

  • Tower Hamlets £986.14 2.00%

  • Waltham Forest £1,320.74 4.99%

  • Wandsworth £428.42 2.00%

  • Westminster £416.27 2.00%

  • Metropolitan councils:

  • Barnsley £1,426.10 4.48%

  • Birmingham £1,322.84 3.96%

  • Bolton £1,458.99 4.97%

  • Bradford £1,347.25 6.05%

  • Bury £1,506.64 5.94%

  • Calderdale £1,454.85 6.01%

  • Coventry £1,574.61 4.94%

  • Doncaster £1,314.50 4.05%

  • Dudley £1,271.53 4.49%

  • Gateshead £1,686.84 4.99%

  • Kirklees £1,472.18 5.97%

  • Knowsley £1,474.18 5.86%

  • Leeds £1,348.43 4.98%

  • Liverpool £1,602.16 5.99%

  • Manchester £1,324.54 3.49%

  • Newcastle-upon-Tyne £1,581.96 4.94%

  • North Tyneside £1,522.53 4.99%

  • Oldham £1,566.78 3.98%

  • Rochdale £1,521.43 4.99%

  • Rotherham £1,517.71 5.98%

  • Salford £1,516.80 4.99%

  • Sandwell £1,347.71 4.99%

  • Sefton £1,537.08 6.02%

  • Sheffield £1,517.63 5.98%

  • Solihull £1,337.21 4.01%

  • South Tyneside £1,507.58 4.95%

  • St Helens £1,410.38 5.97%

  • Stockport £1,597.71 4.99%

  • Sunderland £1,360.20 4.99%

  • Tameside £1,413.45 4.99%

  • Trafford £1,243.51 4.96%

  • Wakefield £1,364.34 4.89%

  • Walsall £1,648.71 4.99%

  • Wigan £1,290.83 3.00%

  • Wirral £1,479.19 5.99%

  • Wolverhampton £1,540.21 3.99%

  • Unitary authorities:

  • Bath & North East Somerset £1,386.90 4.92%

  • Bedford £1,499.12 3.73%

  • Blackburn with Darwen £1,470.55 5.97%

  • Blackpool £1,511.14 5.99%

  • Bournemouth £1,438.92 5.99%

  • Bracknell Forest £1,337.80 5.74%

  • Brighton & Hove £1,549.87 5.99%

  • Bristol £1,625.94 4.99%

  • Central Bedfordshire £1,602.54 4.30%

  • Cheshire East £1,454.36 5.95%

  • Cheshire West and Chester £1,477.30 5.00%

  • Cornwall £1,584.01 4.95%

  • Darlington £1,466.93 5.98%

  • Derby £1,375.93 5.99%

  • Durham £1,605.68 4.92%

  • East Riding of Yorkshire £1,455.23 5.81%

  • Halton £1,381.08 5.04%

  • Hartlepool £1,623.38 4.91%

  • Herefordshire £1,443.95 0.76%

  • Isle of Wight Council £1,629.23 6.49%

  • Isles of Scilly £1,239.98 5.99%

  • Kingston-upon-Hull £1,331.45 4.99%

  • Leicester £1,506.98 6.00%

  • Luton £1,435.30 5.85%

  • Medway £1,379.73 6.01%

  • Middlesbrough £1,566.81 4.99%

  • Milton Keynes £1,427.71 5.91%

  • North East Lincolnshire £1,501.48 4.93%

  • North Lincolnshire £1,460.21 4.97%

  • North Somerset £1,401.49 6.02%

  • Northumberland £1,717.06 4.77%

  • Nottingham £1,688.45 5.99%

  • Peterborough £1,315.75 5.89%

  • Plymouth £1,470.38 4.47%

  • Poole £1,399.68 5.99%

  • Portsmouth £1,336.61 4.49%

  • Reading £1,579.99 6.00%

  • Redcar & Cleveland £1,531.97 3.94%

  • Rutland £1,671.93 5.02%

  • Shropshire £1,406.05 5.98%

  • Slough £1,336.62 4.48%

  • South Gloucestershire £1,517.62 5.77%

  • Southampton £1,490.94 5.99%

  • Southend-on-Sea £1,329.97 4.48%

  • Stockton-on-Tees £1,558.93 5.94%

  • Stoke-on-Trent £1,267.72 4.00%

  • Swindon £1,417.44 4.96%

  • Telford & Wrekin £1,345.32 3.13%

  • Thurrock £1,287.81 4.99%

  • Torbay £1,465.66 6.00%

  • Warrington £1,422.96 5.97%

  • West Berkshire £1,526.03 5.80%

  • Wiltshire £1,522.97 6.50%

  • Windsor & Maidenhead £1,028.41 4.82%

  • Wokingham £1,494.39 5.42%

  • York £1,299.26 3.47%