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Council tax to rise by £70 in nearly ALL areas to fund social care crisis

New figures show 116 out of the 133 English councils that provide social care are raising the charge by maximum 3.99 percent which will leave the average county council resident paying an extra £69-a-year while those in London fork out £45-a-year more. The increase is much higher than inflation which currently stands at 1.8 percent.

But County Councils Network (CCN) chairman David Williams warned councils will face a £19bn shortfall by 2025 despite the maximum rise.

Mr Williams said: “No council leader wants to raise their council tax, especially after residents have faced rises over the last few years.

“But today’s figures show we simply do not have a choice.”

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He continued: “Unfortunately this pattern is set to continue, but even yearly council tax rises for residents over the next five years still leaves councils with a huge shortfall, meaning local politicians will need to continue to make really tough decisions to meet rising demand.

“The Government must use the March Budget to signal that councils will receive a further cash injection in the Spending Review.”

Research shows households in Dorset, Rutland and Nottingham will see council tax bills for Band D properties top £2,100 for the first time.

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Walsall, Liverpool, Bristol, Rutland, Northumberland and Middlesbrough will seeing rises above £65 for a Band D home.

No councils are freezing council tax and fewer than 15 English local authorities imposing increases of less than 3.9 percent.

The County Councils Network said the rises mean in shire counties – anywhere that isn’t a unitary, metropolitan or London council – the average Band D bill will be £1,853.

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