The Conservative Record On Council Tax

The Conservative Council Tax Squeeze


Council Tax bills have shot up under Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak


  • Under Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak council tax bills have rocketed – in just three years they have forced bills up by £227 (13%) with the average Band D council tax bill now almost £1900. Last year the Conservative chairman of the Local Government Association said that council tax rises were ‘the sting in the tail’ of the 2020 Budget
  • Keir Starmer opposed last year’s council tax rises. Writing in the Sunday Telegraph the Labour leader said: “Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak’s council tax hike will hit families right at the very time millions are worried about the future of their jobs and how they will make ends meet”
  • In fact successive Conservative governments have forced council tax bills up to replace their own cuts to core funding, forcing council taxpayers to cough up more than £10bn extra council tax in 2021 compared to 2010, while reducing core funding to councils by nearly £16 billion over the same period
  • Tory cuts mean councils have lost more than 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour Government was spending on local government in 2010. Cuts to councils have been strikingly uneven - the poorest local authorities (which tend to be Labour-run) have had their spending cut by £228 per person since 2010, but the richest councils have had their spending cut by only £44 per person
  • The Conservatives has slashed funding for council tax support schemes designed to help the poorest, with £1.7 billion (nearly half of the original funding) removed between 2013 and 2020. More than 573,000 low income households no longer receive any council tax support
  • The Local Government Association has warned that councils in England currently face costs of around £8bn by 2025 simply to keep vital services functioning at their current levels

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