A third of councils planning 4.99 per cent tax rise, Sunday Times survey suggests

A survey conducted by the Sunday Times has indicated that at least a third of local authorities in England are planning to increase council tax by 4.99 per cent, the maximum level with incurring a referendum.

According to the research, which surveyed 152 of the country’s top tier councils, a total of 86 councils who responded said they had already drawn up proposals of an increase in council tax, while 41 authorities are considering moves to use the social care precept to increase council tax bills by 4.99 per cent in 2017/18.

City councils planning to implement the maximum rise included Bristol, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham and Rotherham.

Meanwhile, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and South Gloucestershire councils also confirmed they were planning a 4.99 per cent rise.

The news comes after Surrey Council has proposed a considerable 15 per cent tax rise, prompting controversy from a number parties.