Biggest council tax increase for 14 years

Ben Fox
Ben Fox

Households up and down England are being slapped with the biggest council tax hikes for 14 years from next week.

Properties in the popular Band D council tax category will see their bills rise by 5.1 per cent or £81 to £1,671, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government revealed.

The hikes come as councils claim they are facing spiralling social care costs. Council leaders have also argued that 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. Nearly £2billion worth of extra cash will be raised from the increases, with the majority of town halls across England taking advantage of new freedoms to increase bills by as much as 5.99 per cent.

Here are the figures for the increases across Devon for an average Band D property:

Devon County Council: £1,331.19 – 4.99%
Exeter: £150.05 – 3.45%
Plymouth: £1,470.38 – 4.47%
South Hams: £218.45 – 3.30%
Teignbridge: £231.49 – 3.69%
West Devon: £292.75 – 3.50%