Budget Special: Big rises likely in council tax
A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Wednesday 27 November 1996
The Government says it wants councils to increase their education spending by 3.6 per cent, which means cuts would fall on other areas. The Government has deliberately set its estimate of council spending next year at less than the amount councils are set to spend this year. Total council spending is projected at pounds 45.66bn, which the Government says amounts to a 2.5 per cent increase. But council budgets this year are over pounds 47bn.
That could imply an average council tax increase of between 6 per cent and 8 per cent, putting around pounds 40 a year on average (Band D) bills.
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