Council tax

Article image
‘Councils have been short-changed. We need more government money’
After years of austerity followed by Covid, local authorities are millions short on budgets. What has happened to ‘levelling up?’

Phillip Inman

04, Dec, 2021 @4:00 PM

Article image
Third of low-income households unable to pay bills, finds research
Nearly 4 million households earning £25,000 or less report falling behind, up threefold since pandemic

Patrick Butler Social policy editor

21, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

Article image
We feel penalised by 200% council tax increase on our derelict cottage
Our property has been empty for more than five years, now we are facing a bill of £725 a month

Anna Tims

14, Oct, 2021 @6:00 AM

Article image
Senior Tory Peter Bottomley criticised after saying MPs should be paid more – as it happened
Peter Bottomley says it is ‘grim’ for some of his colleagues trying to manage on a salary of £81,932 a year

Andrew Sparrow

07, Oct, 2021 @4:06 PM

Article image
Bailiffs called in to at least 280,000 homes over council tax debt
Local authorities also asked for thousands of people’s benefits to be reduced to clear arrears

Chaminda Jayanetti

08, Aug, 2021 @5:45 AM

Article image
As England faces £2bn council tax rise, Nottingham pays highest bill
The city’s leader tells Phillip Inman that a huge financial shortfall and the levy hike will not stop redevelopment plans going ahead

Phillip Inman

28, Mar, 2021 @7:15 AM

Article image
Nine in 10 councils in England see rise in people using food banks
Local authorities reveal devastating toll of coronavirus on households who have struggled to keep a roof over their heads

Michael Savage

21, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

Article image
Reform urged for outdated council tax that hits poor hardest
Campaigners from across the political divide tell Rishi Sunak that the lowest earners in the poorest areas are penalised

Michael Savage

14, Mar, 2021 @6:30 AM

Article image
Austerity is alive and well, and giving public services a kicking | Phillip Inman
Rishi Sunak rejects comparisons between himself and George Osborne. But the view from local government is very different

Phillip Inman

27, Feb, 2021 @5:00 PM

Article image
Middle-income households to be hit by ‘£2bn council tax bombshell’
Poorer families set to suffer as local authorities consider whether to put up council tax by maximum of 4.99%

Phillip Inman

21, Feb, 2021 @10:15 AM

Article image
We’ll have to cut vital services without £4bn help, say England’s councils
As Rishi Sunak prepares his public spending review, local authorities say support for elderly and rough sleepers is at risk

Chaminda Jayanetti

21, Nov, 2020 @2:20 PM

Article image
Covid drove us to share a home but what are council tax implications?
My partner and I have our own properties but lockdown led to us choosing to stay in one together

Virginia Wallis

26, Oct, 2020 @7:00 AM

1 / 38 pages