The government’s desire to find extra funding for social care could lead to millions of people facing the biggest council tax hike in a decade.
Local authorities revealed plans this weekend to increase council tax bills by almost 5% this year, three times the inflation rate.
The maximum of a 4.99% rise that is allowed without holding a referendum has been proposed by one in three of the country’s largest councils, a survey by The Sunday Times revealed.
Hampshire, East Sussex, Wiltshire, Bristol, Nottingham and Leeds are among those taking advantage of Theresa May’s decision to let them increase bills to raise money for social care.
Local authorities have demanded the increase in council tax to help uphold the struggling social care system, which the Local Government Association has warned faces a funding gap of £2.6bn by 2020.
In his autumn statement, Philip Hammond, the chancellor had been expected to find more money for social care but No 10 was accused of blocking it.
After public anger, Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, announced a change in council tax rules to allow authorities to charge an extra 3% ring-fenced for social care.