Government gives residents a real-terms council tax cut

Published on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 20:04
Posted by Scott Buckler

Residents and hard pressed families will get more help with their cost of living from the real terms council tax cut delivered by our freeze grant deal, Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles announced today

Official statistics published today reveal that the average Band D council tax set by local authorities in England for 2012-13 will be £1444 - a 0.3 per cent change on last year.

Council tax bills more than doubled between 1997 and 2011. The majority of councils (358) have accepted the Government's grant offer by freezing or reducing their council tax levels in 2012-13.

This is the second year the Government has made funding available for a council tax freeze for local residents, families and pensioners. Last year's freeze saved households up to an estimated £72 on a Band D bill, and this year's freeze is potentially worth the same saving to residents.

Every household in London will benefit from an actual cash-terms cut in council tax. Ministers also praised over twenty authorities for cutting their council tax in cash-terms. They include Hammersmith and Fulham, the Greater London Authority South Oxfordshire, Stratford-on-Avon, Windsor and Maidenhead, Chorley and Brentwood.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles said:

    "After years of hurt when council tax bills doubled - to around £120 a month - our action is putting residents first for a second consecutive year. The overwhelming majority of councils, 358, have taken up our funding deal to freeze council tax.

    "The average Band D change across England is a mere 0.3 per cent. This is a real terms cut in council tax and real help to hard-working families and pensioners with their cost of living expenses."

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