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I read a story in The Sun

TAX HIKES 

Council tax set to soar by hundreds of pounds from next April to fund social care black hole

I'm Intreagued how much people pay for coucil tax. Some one compared their coucil tax in Wiltshire £300 is less than people pay in Mayfair London.

Are they all done on banding systems?

I'm a band C in Paignton Torbay and I pay £145. 75 pcm over 12 months. I live in a normal sized 3 bed house.

How much do you pay?

MelanieMason
2 weeks ago
What do you think of this?
G0501
G05012 weeks ago

I pay £145 pcm too, for a one bedroom flat in greater London.

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Howmuch
Howmuch2 weeks ago

Council tax is ridiculous where I live, well over 2 k and the local council provide such a poor service. It should be part of income tax to cut administration and share the burden through the country. Not the deprived areas paying more than they can afford and wealth people paying a minimum.

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TheChimp
TheChimp2 weeks ago

We're paying about the same in a village in SW Wales where we have basically no amenities.

They do pick our rubbish up, I suppose (within reason).

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 weeks ago

We have recently moved to a new area and a much bigger house, so our council tax has changed, but we are paying the same amount as you.

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Pjran
Pjran2 weeks ago

I was a supporter of the poll tax where you paid per occupant. There’s only two of us but four adults live opposite.

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davidstockport
davidstockport2 weeks ago

I couldn't agree more Pjran, the community charge (perhaps wrongly labelled "poll tax") was much fairer even though I was better off when it was replaced with Council Tax*. I think the main problem was that some younger members of households were expected to cough up too. I now wonder if the protestors at each adult household member having to contribute, are thinking differently now the then younger members have flown the nest.

*Thought I'd explain why; at the time I was carer for someone terminally ill and wasn't required to pay council tax.

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BonzoBanana
BonzoBanana2 weeks ago

I preferred the old rates system which literally put the tax cleanly on the house value, yes unfair in many ways however it meant people maximised the use of homes by having the maximum number of occupants and meant having a second home was too expensive. This meant housing stock availability was good and home values were kept more suppressed meaning it was easier for a wider range of people to own their own homes. Of course it did mean the very rich living in very large homes had huge rates bills and of course that was why it was changed. However it still remains I feel the best way of collecting local tax. Houses can't move so it also had a very high collection rate. As soon as you move in you pay the tax. The rates system was by far the most environmentally friendly tax as it punished people who owned large sections of land and large homes. It motivated people to have smaller homes.

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snoogans888
snoogans8882 weeks ago

We pay just over £200 pcm for a 2 bed house in Greater London. Not sure what band we’re in but everyone says our council tax is sky high for the borough we live in.

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davidstockport
davidstockport2 weeks ago

In my opinion it shouldn't matter in which borough people live, the cost of collecting rubbish and other council services. can't vary too much from place to place, apparently the large differences are explained by the costs of looking after those who, perhaps because of age, need extra care. I think such things should be funded by general taxation. (not by government handouts to favoured places).

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tumblespots
tumblespots2 weeks ago

I find it amazing that the government seem to be increasing a lot of things, either immediately or in April next year, and all of them seem to be in the name of 'plugging the black hole'. Strange, isn't it.... be prepared for many more increases....

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nissan3
nissan32 weeks ago

Everyone must have known things were going to go up if the government kept on borrowing it was going to effect everyone so much bills will go up to pay for psome of the debt.

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davidstockport
davidstockport2 weeks ago

Without becoming political I think it should be remembered that there have been unprecedented extra costs since the first lockdown and that some of the extra costs have to be recuperated. I'm just grateful that some extra expenditure was allowed to happen.

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stuartsmith544
stuartsmith5442 weeks ago

Here's something you might not know. There was a little known rule which said if a council wanted to raise council tax by more than 1.99% they would have to have a referendum by there electorate to see if they could put it up.

A few years ago the rule got altered by thegovernment. If the council wanted to put up council tax they could by up to 5% but there was 2 rules 3% Had to go to social care as it was ringfenced and the other 2% towards local requirements. But they still if its above 5% you still get to vote yes or no.

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SilverSurfer
SilverSurfer2 weeks ago

Too much for what you get in return! How exciting we will all get to pay more soon.

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