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How much council tax is going up by region in 2023

How much council tax is going up by region in 2023

Households are facing soaring council tax costs, with some looking at increases of 5%.

The reason for this additional burden for households already strained by the cost of living crisis is a change introduced by Chancellor Jeremy Hunt.

In his Autumn Budget, Hunt has made it so councils can now increase rates by up to 5% without a referendum, whereas previously they had only been allowed to raise council tax by up to 2%.

There’s not a fixed percentage rise across the country, and each local council can choose how much it’ll raise its rates, but on average, prices could rise by £75.

Here’s what we know so far, and how much more you could be expected to pay…

How much more will I pay on council tax?

While not every region has confirmed their proposed increases yet, many are starting to give details of what residents can expect.

A full list of planned or confirmed increases by region as per MoneyWeek can be found below.

Confirmed or proposed increases by region

Adur – 1.99%

Ashford – 2.9%

Barrow-in-Furness – 2.84%

Bassetlaw – 4.0%

Bath and North East Somerset – 4.99%

Brighton and Hove – 4.99%

Bedford – 2.90%

Blaby – 2.99%

Blackburn and Darwen – 4.99%

Berkshire (region-wide) – 6.76%

Bolton – 6.5%

Bracknell Forest – 4.99%

Bradford – 4.99%

Breckland – 4.7%

Bristol – 5%

Buckinghamshire – 4.99%

Calderdale – 4.99%

Cambridge – 4.99%

Canterbury – 2.24%

Chelmsford – 4.0%

Cheltenham – 2.99%

Cheshire East – 4.99%

Colchester – 3.0%

Cornwall – 4.99%

Coventry – 5.0%

Cumberland Council – 4.99%

Dacorum – 1.99%

Darlington – 5.0%

Durham – 5%

Dudley – 4.99%

East Devon – 3.3%

East Suffolk – 2.81%

East Hertfordshire – 3%

East Lindsey – 5.42%

Eden – 4.99%

Gateshead – 4.99%

Gloucestershire – 2.99%

Hartlepool – 4.99%

Harborough – 2.99%

Herefordshire – 4.99%

Hertfordshire – 4.99%

Hertsmere – 2.99%

Horsham – 2.99%

Lancaster – 2.99%

Leeds – 4.99%

Lincoln – 2.90%

Luton – 4.99%

Manchester – 4.99%

Medway – 5%

Merton – 2%

Mole Valley – 2.99%

Middlesborough – 3.99%

Newcastle-upon-Tyne – 1.99%

Newcastle-upon-Lyme – 1.99%

North East Lincolnshire – 4.98%

North Tyneside – 4.99%

North Somerset – 4.99%

North Yorkshire – 4.99%

Norwich – 2.99%

Nottinghamshire – 4.84%

Oldham – 3.99%

Oxford – 4.99%

Peterborough – 4.99%

Plymouth – 4.99%

Portsmouth – 4.99%

Redcar and Cleveland – 3.99%

Rugby – 2.99%

Rutland – 4.99%

Ryedale – 4.99%

Shropshire – 2.27%

Solihull – 2.99%

South Norfolk – 2.99%

South Tyneside – 4.95%

St Helens – 5.00%

Stratford upon Avon – 3.2%

Slough – 4.99%

Staffordshire – 4.99%

Sunderland – 2.99%

Surrey Heath – 5%

Suffolk – 2.81%

Sussex – 4.99%

Teignbridge – 2.78%

Thanet – 2.99%

Torbay – 4.99%

Wakefield – 4.99%

Walsall – 2.99%

Welwyn Hatfield – 2.97%

West Oxfordshire – 4.57%

Wiltshire – 5%

Windsor and Maidenhead – 4.99%

Wirral – 4.99%

Worcestershire – 4.94%

How much will Londoners pay?

It’s even tougher news for those living in the capital.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has set out plans to raise his precept, which is a separate amount that the mayor can add onto all Londoners’ council tax bills, by just under 10%.

The precept goes towards services provided by the Greater London Authority Group and the running of City Hall.

The prices for the different London boroughs haven’t been announced yet and will likely be announced once the Mayor’s budget for 2023/24 makes further headway.


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