No decision made on council tax rise

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Sheffield Council has made no decision about whether or not to increase council tax next year – as a report claims 35 per cent of English councils are considering a rise.

Almost a third of all local authorities in England – 32 per cent – plan to increase council tax next year despite a government incentive to freeze it, according to new research.

But only 28 per cent of unitary authorities, the same type as Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster, responded to the researchers.

The report, published by the Local Government Chronicle, says Conservative-run county councils are most likely to be considering a rise.

Sheffield Council has received top-up Government funding since 2010 equivalent to a slight rise in council tax, so the amount paid by the public can remain frozen.

A council spokeswoman said: “We do not wish to comment at this stage. The council’s position will be decided during the budget-setting process and will be made clear during the New Year.”

Barnsley and Rotherham councils also said no decision has been made.

The Local Government Chronicle Council Tax Survey results were based on the 142 responses of finance directors.

The survey was answered by 58 per cent of London boroughs, 48 per cent of unitary authorities, 44 per cent of counties, 37 per cent of districts and 28 per cent of metropolitan boroughs.