Council tax: Is Council Tax going up? Report discovers widening north-south divide

Rob Whiteman, chief executive of CIPFA, said the pandemic exacerbated local spending.

He said: “The Covid crisis has increased demand on services, and those demands need to be met with funding.

“Making an increase in local authority spending power contingent on council tax is regressive, putting even more pressure on those taxpayers least able to withstand it.”

Other organisations have asked councils to reduce their spending so taxpayers shoulder less of the burden.

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