Authorities Set to Defy Government on Council Tax Rates Tuesday 13 January 2015 PDF Print The broadsheet‘s research included all 353 English councils and 116 of these local authorities who responded said they were willing to freeze rates A survey by The Telegraph predicts that at least 30 Conservative-led councils will increase council tax despite the Government wanting a policy of rate freezes implemented ahead of May’s general election. Council Tax Advisors CIC have responded to the research. Around 60 councils are expected to increase council tax rates in April to combat reduced financial support from the Government, following a study by The Telegraph, with the majority of county councils predicted to introduce rises. The broadsheet‘s research included all 353 English councils and 116 of these local authorities who responded said they were willing to freeze rates. This is a policy the Government wish to be implemented, but Buckinghamshire county council are set to increase bills by 1.99 per cent, which is just short of the 2 per cent threshold required for a referendum on larger fees. Their leader, Martin Tett, said the council were going to lose £34 million in government funding over a three-year period so had no other option but to raise council tax rates. Lincolnshire county council are also going to increase property payments so their services can be maintained. Eric Pickles, the Local Government Secretary, believes residents have the right to know why councillors choose to support rate increases. He said: “A further freeze offer is on the table this year, with extra government funding for councils which freeze their bills. I would encourage local taxpayers to ask their councillors to sign up to this freeze and demand an explanation why they are refusing extra funding if they do not. “ Areas where increases for 2015-16 have been confirmed include parts of Brighton and Staffordshire, which are expected to adversely affect the poorest residents. Council Tax Advisors CIC, who provide free and impartial support for people behind on their household and property tax bills, have released the following statement, made by their Managing Director Chris Richards. He said: “This research portrays the likelihood of widespread council tax rises across England which puts people under financial pressures at a further disadvantage. A reduction in benefit schemes from councils has also proved to be problematic for residents, but help is fortunately at hand from CTACIC. “Our understanding team give clients affordable repayment solutions by talking with councils so your worries are eased and your finances improve. Unlike other debt solution services, we are a not-for-profit organisation so our interests only revolve around the people we help.” 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 specialise in providing 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. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Council Tax Advisors in the following categories: Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Public Sector, Third Sector & Legal, for more information visit http://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.