Council tax rates set to rise across the UK – with some up by 4.99%

Homes across the country are staring down the barrel of big council tax hikes in April, with the cost of living crisis continuing to take its toll on Brits.

Councils can legally increase tax by 5% – this is made up of 3% for social care and 2% on a straight council tax rise, says theMirror.

Changes to Council Tax are always introduced at the start of April, which means the nation waits with bated breath to find out how much their local government will add.

The changes are around the corner with only a few weeks to go until April. Here’s what you need to know.

How much is my council tax going up by?

The Mirror reports that Surrey and Lincolnshire County Councils have each approved 4.99% rises, while Lancashire is set to go up 3.99%.

West Sussex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Liverpool and Kent are both set to introduce 2.99% increases.

East Sussex is going to deliver a 1.99% increase.

Rates are set independently by each council and so to find out if yours has proposed a change yet you should head to their website.

New rates are set to be in place until March 2023 and your exact rate will be decided by the council tax band you are in.

How to check your council tax band

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Different properties are placed into various bands that decide how much they are charged.

For homes in England or Scotland, your property will be placed into one of eight bands. They are as follows:

  • Band A – up to £40,000
  • Band B – £40,000 to £52,000
  • Band C – £52,000 to £68,000
  • Band D – £68,000 to £88,000
  • Band E – £88,000 to £120,000
  • Band F – £120,000 to £160,000
  • Band G – £160,000 to £320,000
  • Band H – property value over £320,000

Wales has nine bands. These are:

  • Band A – under £44,000
  • Band B – £44,001 to £65,000
  • Band C – £65,001 to £91,000
  • Band D – £91,001 to £123,000
  • Band E – £123,001 to £162,000
  • Band F – £162,001 to £223,000
  • Band G – £223,001 to £324,000
  • Band H – £324,001 to £424,000
  • Band I – property value over £424,001

There is no band system in Northern Ireland, with rates instead decided by rental prices.

For people in England and Wales, the best way to check is to head to the government website.

Simply add your address and postcode and you should be able to find out your band.

People in Scotland can check theScottish Assessors site while those in Northern Ireland can find out more information on theNorthern Ireland Government website.

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