Council tax has risen across England this week, with the average band D property hit with a £63 annual increase in their annual bill to £1,966 – a hike of 3.5%.
The tax rise adds to the current cost-of-living crunch, coming at the same time as energy prices rise for millions of households.
The new Ofgem price cap kicked in on 1 April, pushing the typical household annual bill up by £693 from £1,277 to £1,971.
Spiking bills and soaring inflation mean households are facing the biggest drop to their disposable income since the 1950s.
In a bid to tackle spiralling fuel bills, Rishi Sunak announced in February that all households in bands A-D would receive a £150 council tax rebate.
Properties in England are put into one of eight council tax bands (A-H) depending on how much they were worth in the year 1991.
Figures released this week by the department for levelling up, housing and communities show how much each of England's local authorities is charging for 2022/23, and how much the tax is increasing in each area. The figures refer to band D properties – the standard for measuring the tax.
Council tax has risen every year in England since 2010/11.
In 2010/11, the average annual council tax bill for a band D property was £1,439.
The biggest annual hike to council tax in the last decade came in 2018/19, when the average bill rose by more than 5%.
Which areas have the highest council tax?
The area of England with the highest council tax is Rutland, East Midlands, where band D properties pay £2,300 a year.
Westminster in central London has the lowest rates, at £866 a year.
The 10 local authority areas with the highest council tax:
Rutland - £2,300
Nottingham - £2,294
Dorset - £2,290
Lewes - £2,281
Wealden - £2,252
Newark and Sherwood - £2,252
West Devon - £2,231
Bristol - £2,230
Oxford - £2,225
Hastings - £2,219
The 10 local authority areas with the lowest council tax:
Hillingdon - £1,659
Southwark - £1,595
Newham - £1,532
Windsor and Maidenhead - £1,523
Tower Hamlets - £1,520
Kensington and Chelsea - £1,382
Hammersmith and Fulham - £1,228
City of London - £1,075
Wandsworth - £873
Westminster - £866
Council tax bills are made up of several elements. In additional to tax paid to the council itself, bills cover payments to bodies such as county councils, fire and rescue authorities, police and crime commissioners, and parish councils.
Compared to the rest of the country, London is an area of relatively low council tax.
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Eleven of the 13 authorities that charge less than £1,700 in council tax are in the capital. The other two are Windsor and Maidenhead, and the Isles of Scilly.
Where is council tax going up most?
As well as having the highest council tax, Rutland is also seeing the largest overall rise in 2022/23, with band D bills increasing by £105 – wiping out most of the benefit from the chancellor's £150 rebate.
Ninety-one of England's 309 local authorities will see a council tax hike of more than £75.
Sandwell in the West Midlands has the highest proportional increase, with council tax rising by 5.2% from £1,742 to £1,831.
Cost of living crisis
Rising council tax bills make up just one part of the UK's current cost of living crisis.
Inflation has risen to levels not seen in decades, largely driven by the spike in energy bills.
Food and groceries have also soared in cost.
Senior economists have warned Sunak’s current portfolio of measures to tackle the crisis will leave the poorest, out-of-work households the worst off.
Torsten Bell, chief executive of the Resolution Foundation think tank, told MPs this week: “It is an odd choice to have offered basically next to nothing to those households in this spring statement.
“I didn’t think [Sunak] would do that and I was wrong.”
The Resolution Foundation has calculated that the cost of living crisis will push 1.3 million households into absolute poverty.