A new study shows 147 out of 151 councils are set to take advantage of the new council tax social care precept powers, and most are also expected to increase the levy by a further 2% to meet the cost of other services. Some 108 councils are considering or have approved introducing a 3% precept in 2017-18 and 39 councils are considering or have approved introducing a 2% precept.Even if every council imposed the new maximum 3%, only £543m would be raised, which is less than the estimated £600m cost of implementing the new minimum wage.
ERYC and all other councils have voted for a Council Tax increase which transfers national taxation to local taxation. In truth, even with the increase, all Local Authorities are going backwards financially.
As a Ward Councillor I will never vote for national taxation to be raised via the Council Tax.