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How much will your council tax go up?

Almost all councils in England and Wales will raise council tax by the maximum legal amount in 2024/5

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The vast majority of people in England and Wales can expect their council tax to raise by the maximum legal amount this year. (Alamy)

Nearly all councils in England and Wales are planning to raise their council tax by the maximum permitted amount to cope with a crisis in local funding, new analysis shows.

Out of 136 local authorities that have declared their proposals, all but eight are looking to hike their residents' bills in April by 4.99% or more.

No council has said they won't raise tax, with the lowest increase put forward being 2.99%. A total of 17 authorities are still yet to declare their plans, while four have special dispensation to raise council tax by 10% after falling into a state of financial crisis.

Otherwise, councils are legally required to hold a local referendum if they want to go beyond 4.99%. The figures are a sign that councils are finding it increasingly hard to keep services running, with the government under pressure to do more to "fix a £4bn hole" in local authority finances.

The County Councils Network (CCN) said research this time last year showed 75% of councils intended to impose the maximum possible rise. In its figures released this week, that number has risen to 94%.

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Which councils are imposing the highest tax rises?

Birmingham, Woking, Slough and Thurrock councils could all potentially impose the highest council tax increases, as they have been granted special dispensation by central government to raise the rate by 10% in total.

Some are yet to confirm their plans, but in its budget proposals for 2024/5 and 2025/6, Birmingham City Council said a 9.99% rise is planned for both years.

As late as December, Slough Borough Council had pledged to stick to the standard maximum increase of 4.99%, the Slough Express reported, despite being warned by the government that it should hike by 9.99%.

Thurrock Council has resisted calls to raise council tax by 9.99%, instead opting for 7.99%.

Which areas will have the lowest council tax rises?

According to the CCN, the local authorities with the lowest planned rises are Hartlepool (2.99%), Rotherham (3.5%), Torbay (4.75%), Nottinghamshire (4.84%), South Tyneside (4.95%), Leeds (4.98%), Barnet (4.98%) and Warrington (4.98%).

How much will your council tax rise by?

Here is a table of planned council tax rises, based on CCN's findings released on 20 February. Blank spaces mean councils are yet to finalise their plans.

  • Barking and Dagenham: 4.99%

  • Barnet: 4.98%

  • Barnsley: 4.99%

  • Bath and NE Somerset:

  • Bedford: 4.99%

  • Bexley: 4.99%

  • Birmingham: 9.99%

  • Blackburn: 4.99%

  • Blackpool: 4.99%

  • Bolton:

  • Bournemouth: 4.99%

  • Bracknell Forest: 4.99%

  • Bradford: 4.99%

  • Brent: 4.99%

  • Brighton and Hove: 4.99%

  • Bristol: 4.99%

  • Bromley: 4.99%

  • Buckinghamshire: 4.99%

  • Bury: 4.99%

  • Calderdale: 4.99%

  • Cambridgeshire: 4.99%

  • Camden:

  • Central Beds: 4.99%

  • Cheshire East: 4.99%

  • Cheshire West: 4.99%

  • City of London:

  • Cornwall: 4.99%

  • Coventry: 4.99%

  • Croydon: 4.99%

  • Cumberland Council: 4.99%

  • Darlington: 4.99%

  • Derby: 4.99%

  • Derbyshire: 4.99%

  • Devon: 4.99%

  • Doncaster: 4.99%

  • Dorset: 4.99%

  • Dudley: 4.99%

  • Durham: 4.99%

  • Ealing: 4.99%

  • East Riding: 4.99%

  • East Sussex: 4.99%

  • Enfield: 4.99%

  • Essex: 4.99%

  • Gateshead:

  • Gloucestershire: 4.99%

  • Greenwich: 4.99%

  • Hackney:

  • Halton: 4.99%

  • Hammersmith & Fulham:

  • Hampshire: 4.99%

  • Haringey: 4.99%

  • Harrow: 4.99%

  • Hartlepool: 2.99%

  • Havering: 4.99%

  • Herefordshire: 4.99%

  • Hertfordshire: 4.99%

  • Hillingdon: 4.99%

  • Hounslow: 4.99%

  • Hull: 4.99%

  • Isle of Wight: 4.99%

  • Isle of Scilly:

  • Islington: 4.99%

  • Kensington & Chelsea: 4.99%

  • Kent: 4.99%

  • Kingston Upon Thames: 4.99%

  • Kirklees: 4.99%

  • Knowsley: 4.99%

  • Lambeth: 4.99%

  • Lancashire: 4.99%

  • Leeds: 4.98%

  • Leicester: 4.99%

  • Leicestershire: 4.99%

  • Lewisham: 4.99%

  • Lincolnshire: 4.99%

  • Liverpool: 4.99%

  • Luton: 4.99%

  • Manchester: 4.99%

  • Medway:

  • Merton: 4.99%

  • Middlesborough: 4.99%

  • Milton Keynes: 4.99%

  • Newcastle: 4.99%

  • Newham: 4.99%

  • Norfolk: 4.99%

  • North East Lincolnshire:

  • North Lincolnshire:

  • North Somerset: 4.99%

  • North Tyneside: 4.99%

  • North Yorkshire: 4.99%

  • North Northamptonshire: 4.99%

  • Northumberland: 4.99%

  • Nottingham: 4.99%

  • Nottinghamshire: 4.84%

  • Oldham: 4.99%

  • Oxfordshire: 4.99%

  • Peterborough: 4.99%

  • Plymouth: 4.99%

  • Portsmouth: 4.99%

  • Reading: 4.99%

  • Redbridge: 4.99%

  • Redcar and Cleveland: 4.99%

  • Richmond:

  • Rochdale: 4.99%

  • Rotherham: 3.5%

  • Rutland: 4.99%

  • Salford: 4.99%

  • Sandwell: 4.99%

  • Sefton: 4.99%

  • Sheffield:

  • Shropshire: 4.99%

  • Slough:

  • Solihull: 4.99%

  • Somerset: 4.99%

  • South Gloucestershire: 4.99%

  • South Tyneside: 4.95%

  • Southampton: 4.99%

  • Southend: 4.99%

  • Southwark: 4.99%

  • St. Helens:

  • Staffordshire: 4.99%

  • Stockport: 4.99%

  • Stockton-on-Tees: 4.99%

  • Stoke: 4.99%

  • Suffolk: 4.99%

  • Sunderland: 4.99%

  • Surrey: 4.99%

  • Sutton: 4.99%

  • Swindon: 4.99%

  • Tameside: 4.99%

  • Telford and Wrekin: 4.99%

  • Thurrock: 7.99%

  • Torbay: 4.75%

  • Tower Hamlets: 4.99%

  • Trafford: 4.99%

  • Wakefield: 4.99%

  • Walsall: 4.99%

  • Waltham Forest: 4.99%

  • Wandsworth:

  • Warrington: 4.98%

  • Warwickshire: 4.99%

  • West Berkshire: 4.99%

  • West Northamptonshire: 4.99%

  • West Sussex: 4.99%

  • Westminster: 4.99%

  • Westmorland and Furness: 4.99%

  • Wigan: 4.99%

  • Wiltshire: 4.99%

  • Windsor and Maidenhead: 4.99%

  • Wirral: 4.99%

  • Wokingham:

  • Wolverhampton: 4.99%

  • Worcestershire: 4.99%

  • York: 4.99%