Nine out of 10 local authorities will be raising Council Tax rates from April, according to a new Press Association survey. 

Some areas will see increases in their bills as high as 5%, with the new funds going to help fund the soaring cost of social care.

A mere 22 of the 253 local authorities in England are freezing rates for the 207/18 year, and only East Hampshire will be cutting the bill. 

The figures are in stark contrast to five years ago in 2012/13 when nine out of 10 local authorities froze or cut Council Tax and only 35 increased it.

Funding social care

This is the first time that councils have been able to add 3% to bills to fund social care in their communities – last year the maximum was 2%.

The government claims raising the social care precept to 3% will bring in an extra £208 billion in 2017/18. But Tim Roache, general secretary of the public sector GMB union, called the levy "a sticking plaster on a gaping wound".

Of the 152 local authorities, able to raise bills by up to an extra 3%, more than two thirds are implementing the full amount. Around half (73) of these are also raising basic Council Tax by a maximum of 1.99%, bringing the total increase to 4.99% for households.

Breckland council in Norfolk reported the highest percentage rise of 6.6% in the survey. East Hampshire will reduce Council Tax by 2.6%, thanks to large investment in commercial property, while some councils set to freeze the bill are offsetting the cost by increasing fees for things like car parking and bulky waste collection.

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What about the rest of the UK?

In Wales the average Band D Council Tax bill will rise 3.1% to £1,420.

Households in Scotland will also be in for a shock this year as the nine-year Council Tax freeze has ended.  From April 2017, all 32 local authorities will be able to increase the bill by up to 3%.

In addition, the way the rates paid by those in the four highest council tax bands (E-H) relative to Band D will be adjusted to bring in an extra £100 million a year. 

Northern Ireland doesn’t charge residents Council Tax, instead it uses a system called rates. The domestic rate poundages for 2017/18 have not yet been released.