Council tax doubles in 20 years

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Taxpayers are £800 more out of pocket than they were 20 years ago.

This means that the average household now pays more than DOUBLE the amount of council tax than they did in 1996.

The figures revealed by The Taxpayers’ Alliance show that council tax for band D homes have rocketed from £657 to £1451.

The revelation comes just weeks after MK Council proposed increasing council tax by 3.95 per cent next year.

Jonathan Isaby, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Council Tax is a huge burden on hard-pressed families and rates have continued to climb for decades as local authorities massively overspent.

“The coalition government introduced grants to freeze Council Tax which helped to ease the pressure on taxpayers, but bills at many local authorities remain eye-wateringly high.

“Now we are facing tougher times so local authorities must live within taxpayers’ means by bringing down spending, selling assets or using reserves, not by hiking Council Tax.”