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Council tax rises set to average 3% in England

While the likes of the Scottish SNP government is using funding from Westminster to freeze council taxes across Scotland it seems as though English councils are set to ignore this policy and introduce inflation busting 3% rises this year. While the average rise is well ahead of the consumer prices index, which is currently running at around 2%, it is 30 times more than the retail prices index which is currently running at just 0.1%.

It is difficult to see how the local councils around the UK can vary their council tax rises so significantly and how English councils can even contemplate a 3% rise in taxes when the UK economy is in freefall, unemployment is on the rise and UK consumers are literally struggling to make ends meet. Yet again this is another nail in the coffin of the UK government which is happy to shell out billions of pounds on the banking sector while letting taxpayers suffer now, with increased council tax rises, and suffer in the future, with income tax rises.

A number of police forces across the UK have already alerted the government to the potential for a "summer of discontent" as the UK population grows ever more concerned by the ongoing economic situation.

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