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The rise in council tax is arguably the most high-profile change the council intend to implement

The reaction follows a report in the Stoke Sentinel detailing plans from Staffordshire County Council to raise their council tax for the first time in five years in an effort to meet new budget restrictions from Westminster.

With enforced cuts of £42.4m hitting the council, they have spent the past twelve months looking at ways to stay within their budget. Unfortunately for Staffordshire residents, this means a number of new costs and charges are set to be implemented imminently as the government continue to try and revitalise the economy.

The rise in council tax is arguably the most high-profile change the council intend to implement, with it set to increase by almost two per cent. While this amount may not seem significant, for those already struggling with the rising cost of living it is another damaging addition to monthly outgoings. After no rise in half a decade, it is a sign that councils no longer feel the tax freeze is a viable option is they are to comply with budget requirements.

Chris Richards, Managing Director of Council Tax Advisors CIC (CTACIC), has commented on the proposed tax rises. “The situation we are seeing in Staffordshire at the moment is unfortunately symptomatic of the austerity-based recovery plan implemented by the government.

“Those at the bottom end of the financial spectrum will undoubtedly be the ones hit hardest, and this is something that will be the case all over the United Kingdom, not just localised to the north western county. Keeping up with council tax payments is difficult at the best of times, especially as we enter the most expensive time of year, but it is important that those struggling are aware of the help that is at hand here at CTA CIC.

“We urge those who feel they may begin to lose control of their payments following further rises to seek advice as early as possible. The experienced support network on offer here at CTA CIC could prove to be invaluable later down the line.”

Council Tax Advisors Community Interest Company (CIC) is a not-for-profit organisation offering free and independent advice and resolution services to those in council tax arrears or any other kind of debt. Formed in 2012 as a direct result of personal experiences with bailiffs, they are expertly placed to give advice and guidance on how best to deal with debt situations and offer long-term sustainable solutions including the organisation of repayment plans and professional mediation services.

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