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Parish council levies hide true council tax rises - Telegraph

The true level of council tax rises is being disguised because parish councils are imposing levy increases above inflation, the Conservatives claim in a report to be released today...
Above-inflation increases in council tax are a major issue in this week's local elections. Labour has introduced new safeguards to block increases of more than five per cent.
However, councils have been accused of using loopholes to get around the rules - such as passing responsibilities on to parish councils...

On our Parish Council we are often reminded we aren't capped so if the village wants a service the District Council has been providing we ought to mulct our ratepayers even more because the District Council has more important things to spend its money on. I'm pleased at last that the Tories have woken up to this. Of course as southern councils have also complained about a readjustment of central government grants with more money being awarded to poorer areas, particularly in the North which has allowed many Labour councils to keep council tax rises down this means that it is the Tory controlled southern District Councils that have been doing it mainly...

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"more money being awarded to poorer areas, particularly in the North which has allowed many Labour councils to keep council tax rises down"

The smallest increase that my own northern Labour council imposed in the past ten years was 4.4%, the highest 12.6%. Total increase since 1997: 124%. I'm not disputing what you're saying but please don't assume that all we northerners are having it easy.(And don't even get me started on what they're spending it on.)

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