Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh Council Tax Bills Likely to Rise by Average of 4%

Magazine article Public Finance

Welsh Council Tax Bills Likely to Rise by Average of 4%

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Council tax bills in Wales are set to rise by an average of 4% this year, according to research from CIPFA.

This year's 4% increase is slightly down on last year's average rise of 4.4% and takes the average annual bill on a Band D property in Wales to £1,045.

All of the 13 local authorities and three police authorities that have so far responded to the CIPFA survey have managed to keep their council tax increases within the government's capping threshold.

Welsh Local Government Minister Brian Gibbons has made it clear that council tax increases should not exceed 5%, despite rising inflation and a tight funding settlement for local government.

Maria Jones, head of CIPFA in Wales, said: 'It seems quite likely from our survey that the threat by Cardiff Bay of taking appropriate action to keep council tax increases to reasonable levels has had the desired effect on county halls across Wales. Despite tight fiscal conditions, local authorities have decided, by and large, not to squeeze council tax payers more than absolutely necessary. …

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