Soaring social care costs produce biggest council tax rise in 13 years

The soaring cost of social care has resulted in the biggest council tax rise in 13 years, ministers have confirmed.

Council taxes will rise by an average of 5.1% in England in 2018/19, according to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government figures, LocalGov reported.

Local government minister, Rishi Sunak, said: “We recognise the importance of keeping bills down for hard working people, but also the pressures that local services are under. That’s why we’re providing a real terms increase in resources to councils over the next two years, more freedom and fairness, and greater certainty to plan and secure value for money.

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“Council tax will remain lower in real terms this year than it was in 2010 and we continue to ensure that council tax-payers can veto excessive increases via a local referendum.”

LocalGov said 148 out of 152 of local authorities were using some or all of the 3% extra social care precept for Council Tax this year.

The additional revenue is being used by many local authorities to increase care home fees but providers argue that levels generally remain well below the cost of care (see Care England slams ‘derisory’ care home fee rise).

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