Council Tax

A Functionary's Meddling Is Never Done

Nick Abbot | Posted 03.08.2014 | UK
Nick Abbot

Modern life is rubbish. Actually, modern life is sorting rubbish. And then paying someone to take it away. This is on top of your council tax, which you thought covered that, but doesn't...

Double-Inflation Busting Council Tax Hike of 4.2% for Welsh Families

Mark Isherwood | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Isherwood

Welsh councils have finalised their financial plans and set council tax rates for 2014-15, without the luxury of measures introduced in England to keep bills down.

Do We Really Need to Build More Houses?

Joseph Finlay | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK Politics
Joseph Finlay

Hundreds of thousands of people wish to live in London because of her booming economy and abundant job opportunities, so we build housing to accommodate them. How far do we go? Do we fill up every available site with the highest density accommodation possible, forcing us all into increasingly tiny dwellings?

Coalition Cuts Leave Poor Worst Hit Yet Again

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics

Poor families are bearing the brunt of the coalition's cuts to council tax benefit, driving many of them to seek advice on how to handle their debt, a...

Man Killed Himself Whilst Battling £8,500 Council Tax Bill

PA | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK

An engineer left notes for friends and family telling them he was going to take his own life after years of battling with his local council over non-p...

'Bailiff Boom' As Families Struggle With Council Tax Cuts

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.05.2013 | UK

Fears of a "bailiff boom" as soaring numbers of people struggle to cope with council tax benefit cuts have been raised by a debt advice charity. Ci...

Give London The Same Powers As Scotland And Wales, Says Boris

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

Boris Johnson wants London to be given the same financial powers as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The mayor said it was time to treat the c...

A Guide to Council Tax for 2013/14

Stephen Maunder | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK
Stephen Maunder

In truth, Council Tax is up there with sprouts, MOTs and queueing among the most frustrating things in everyday life, so here's a brief guide to some of the changes in 2013/14 and a few tips to make Council Tax as painless as possible.

You'll Never Live Like Common People, Mr Duncan Smith

Andrea Mann | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Comedy
Andrea Mann

Now, I don't have anything against rich people. Some of my best friends are rich people, or at least I'd like them to be. What I do have something against is rich people thinking that their situation is remotely comparable to those of the poorest, weakest and most vulnerable in society.

Council Tax: Hefty Bills for Poorest Families Could Lead to Postcode Poverty

Chris Goulden | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Politics
Chris Goulden

You'd think the last thing the Coalition and local councils would want to be doing at the moment is increasing taxes on low income families. And, no, it's not an April Fool's Day joke - that is exactly what's happening across England with the introduction of localised Council Tax Support from next week on 1 April.

Millions Face Council Tax Hike Of £138 From April

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK

Around 2.4 million poor families face an average hike in their council tax bills of £138 next week, according to an anti-poverty charity. Cuts to ...

Councils Defy Pickles To Put Up Tax

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK

Councils are in revolt over government attempts to force them to freeze council tax, a survey shows. Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has offered...

Why the Recent Council Tax Rise Is Not Yet the 'New Poll Tax'

Tom Vine | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Vine

The parallels between the previous Conservative government and the current Conservative-led government are clear: further taxes are being imposed on those who are least able to pay them. But where today's situation is different is in the public's response.

Millions Of Homes Facing Hike In Council Tax Charges

Posted 31.01.2013 | UK

Millions of low-income households face a steep rise in their council tax bills of up to £600 a year from April, with single parents hit the hardest b...

Pickles Needs to Stop Treating Businesses With Contempt

Simon Danczuk | Posted 31.03.2013 | UK Politics
Simon Danczuk

From day one of this parliament, Pickles and Lewis have treated small businesses with contempt - and it doesn't stop there. To huge consternation in the business community they've cancelled a revaluation of business rates this year to make sure properties are tied to a 2008 rating close to the peak of the property boom.

Cornwall Council 'Lie Detector' Claims Sparks Row

PA | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK

A row has ignited over a council's part in a so-called "lie detector" test to assess the authenticity of some benefits claimers. Cornwall Council c...

Council Tax Hikes Could Be Imposed On Poor And Disabled, Labour Warns

PA | Posted 05.10.2012 | UK

Millions of people in low-income households in England and Wales are facing hikes in their council tax as a result of government legislation currently...

The 'Scandal' Of Uncollected Council Tax

PA | Posted 02.02.2012 | UK Politics

The amount of uncollected council taxes and business rates is over £1 billion, described as a "scandal and disgrace" at a time of spending cuts. R...

How Local Government Pensions Add to Your Council Tax Bill

Emma Boon | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK Politics
Emma Boon

This year the government is making available an extra £650 million to help principal local authorities to freeze council tax. In the last 10 years council tax has almost doubled across the UK, yet many residents have not seen a corresponding increase in the services they receive.

Calculating How the Benefit Cap Cuts

Tim Leunig | Posted 23.03.2012 | UK Politics
Tim Leunig

After basic expenses - rent, council tax and utilities - it turns out that the government expects people to live on 62p per day. That is physically impossible.

The £3m Grant That Would Cost Our Council £5.4m

Jason Kitcat | Posted 12.02.2012 | UK Politics
Jason Kitcat

A £3m grant that loses us £5.4m is not a good deal, how could it be? Accepting it would be agreeing to more Tory cuts, and acquiescing to the cynical politics of the coalition government. As a Green, I resist.

How You Can Stop Your Council Raising Taxes

Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 08.12.2011 | UK Politics

The Government announced an initial 3.3% cut in next year's council funding on Thursday at the same time as revealing a measure to prevent a rise in c...

Osborne Hits Populist Note at Party Conference

Melanie Batley | Posted 03.12.2011 | UK Politics
Melanie Batley

In a speech addressing the Conservative Party Conference today, Chancellor George Osborne focused on outlining a number of steps to deal with the country's debt and stimulate growth; the two key messages that he and the Prime Minister have been emphasising during this Conference.

Osborne: 'We Will Ride Out The Storm'

Posted 03.12.2011 | UK Politics

George Osborne has said he will not deviate from his plan to cut the deficit, as he warned the Treasury could not afford to cut taxes in the immediate...

Council Tax To Be Frozen Again, Osborne Announces

PA | Posted 02.12.2011 | UK Politics

Chancellor George Osborne has announced measures to freeze council tax, invest in mobile phone masts and support British science in a bid to help fami...