Michael Gove has today confirmed Conservative plans for a 9% Council Tax rise through the Local Government Finance Settlement.

This means the average council tax bill will have increased by over £400 (23%) in just six years, will reach £2,073. Since 2019, the year that Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, total council tax bills have spiralled by almost £5bn – while government funding for councils has not kept up.

The announcement comes the same day mortgage payments for millions of people have risen thanks to an interest rate rise, and with inflation at 5% far outstripping wages leaving people in Stevenage facing a cost of living crisis. The Conservative Council Tax rises are expected to come in across the country in April – at the same time as they hike up National Insurance Tax.

Sharon Taylor said: “Working people in Stevenage are facing a cost of living crisis because the Conservative government has lost its grip. Falling wages, rising prices, energy bills through the roof, mortgage payments going up, and now not one but two tax hikes this April.

“In just three years under Boris Johnson Council Tax has already risen 13%, now they want to hike it 9% more, yet services are under more pressure than ever because government funding has lagged behind. Once again, it’s pay more get less with the Conservatives.

“It’s time to stop the squeeze on tax payers in Stevenage. This government can afford billions in crony contracts for their mates, yet every year they reach into our pockets again and again. It’s time this government got a grip, and got real about the massive pressures people are facing this winter.

“This Conservative government’s latest Council Tax hike is the wrong choice at the worst possible time.”

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