BREAKING NEWS: Government to announce rise in social care precept 

The government is expected to today announce a rise in the social care precept to between 3 and 4% from the current 2%.

As part of the local government funding settlement, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid will announce the precept can be raised to 3% over the next two years or by 4% in 2017, the BBC reports.

Bringing forward the money means there will be no precept in the third year as the increase over the next three years is limited to 6%.

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The plans have already been criticised by The King’s Fund, however, which argues that the precept will provide most for affluent areas and less for deprived parts of the country (see Council tax hikes considered for social care).

The criticism was echoed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who said the social care crisis had been “made in Downing Street”.

Mr Corbyn said the government should reverse cuts in corporation tax to pay for social care.

Prime Minister Theresa May said the government was establishing a “long term, sustainable system”.

Figures released by the GMB show that an 8% increase in London council tax would raise £64 per head in the City of London compared with just £16.50 in Newham (see below).

Council tax base + 8% (£) Council tax per head current base (£) Council tax per head 8% increase (£) Yield per head from 8% increase (£)
1 City of London 7,605,360 803.9 868.2 64.3
2 Kensington and Chelsea 102,495,240 601.8 649.9 48.1
3 Westminster 135,195,588 516.6 558 41.4
4 Richmond upon Thames 93,693,348 445.5 481.1 35.6
5 Hammersmith and Fulham 79,964,172 412.7 445.7 33.0
6 Wandsworth 135,792,720 399.7 431.7 32.0
7 Bromley 136,788,480 389.9 421.1 31.2
8 Camden 95,040,000 365.1 394.3 29.2
9 Barnet 146,149,920 356.4 384.9 28.5
10 Sutton 76,214,736 352.6 380.8 28.2
11 Merton 77,033,160 348.7 376.6 27.9
12 Kingston upon Thames 65,173,680 347.8 375.6 27.8
13 Havering 92,311,920 343.2 370.6 27.4
14 Harrow 88,560,000 331.8 358.4 26.6
15 Islington 81,366,768 330.9 357.4 26.5
16 Bexley 85,073,760 325.3 351.3 26.0
17 Hillingdon 103,431,600 321.7 347.4 25.7
18 Ealing 118,057,068 318.6 344.1 25.5
19 Lambeth 108,852,120 310.7 335.5 24.8
20 Croydon 127,218,708 310.8 335.6 24.8
21 Hounslow 86,583,168 298.3 322.1 23.8
22 Southwark 98,529,480 295.3 319 23.7
23 Enfield 101,862,360 287.2 310.1 22.9
24 Tower Hamlets 90,172,440 282.8 305.4 22.6
25 Redbridge 90,003,528 280.8 303.3 22.5
26 Brent 96,394,752 275.5 297.5 22.0
27 Greenwich 80,284,716 270.5 292.2 21.7
28 Waltham Forest 77,632,776 265.1 286.3 21.2
29 Haringey 77,949,000 264.5 285.7 21.2
30 Lewisham 84,810,888 264.1 285.2 21.1
31 Hackney 71,953,920 247.7 267.5 19.8
32 Barking and Dagenham 49,404,168 226.5 244.6 18.1
33 Newham 74,008,944 205.9 222.4  

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