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Average council tax bill set to hit £1500

The average council tax bill in the UK is set to hit £1500 next year with the higher band rates hitting £3000 a year. The average council tax figure has now doubled since the Labour government came to power in 1997 due to a mixture of accountancy changes, pension arrangements and the latest tweak to the system which has burdened UK taxpayers with additional local authority holiday costs.

When you consider that the UK government is also looking to rein in a further £1.5 billion a year to fund its social housing programme, as we covered in one of our posts yesterday, the situation for UK consumers has never been worse. The latest satisfaction figures have plummeted to 45%, this being the number of UK taxpayers happy with local services and local council taxes. Unfortunately for those who believe the situation today is likely to be the worst we will see, this may only be the tip of the iceberg with the next government, whoever that may be, forced into increasing taxes, both direct taxes and indirect taxes.

It seems to many people in the UK that the more council tax they pay the less visible the services they receive such as fortnightly refuse collection and a reduction in other local services and locally funded activities.

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