Council Tax freeze has kept bills down for hardworking people


(London) Average Council Tax bills in England have fallen in real-terms over the last 5 years.Average Council Tax bills in England have fallen in real-terms over the last 5 years, with almost two-thirds (64%) of town halls taking up the government’s Council Tax freeze offer in 2015 to 2016, Eric Pickles announced.

New official statistics have revealed the average Band D Council Tax bill from this April will be £1,484, or a change of just 1.1%, which is one of the lowest ever.

Of the 354 councils in England, some 228 councils have opted to freeze or reduce Council Tax bills this coming year.

Since 2010, this government has worked with local authorities to reduce Council Tax. This has cut bills in England over the past 5 years by 11% in real-terms. In contrast to the period between 1997 and 2010 which saw Council Tax increase in real-terms by half. This doubled the typical monthly Band D bill to £120.

The coalition government has provided extra funding for an unprecedented 5 years of Council Tax freezes which has saved £1,059 on the average Band D bills over this Parliament.

The Secretary of State said:

In the last decade the cost of Council Tax went through the roof but this government has been working to keep bills down to give hardworking people and pensioners greater financial security.

We have given extra government funding to those town halls that did the right thing and froze Council Tax for households, which has cut bills by 11% in real-terms, meaning people have more money in their pocket and are no longer facing the threat of soaring bills.