Council Tax increases – clarification

By on 07/01/2010 in News

An article in the Express and Star on January 4, based on figures published by the Conservatives nationally, claimed that Council Tax in Birmingham had increased in “real terms” by 21 per cent over the last decade.

This is not the case.

In “real terms” (when judged against the Consumer Prices Index), an individual household's Council Tax in Birmingham has increased by 12.8 per cent in the last ten years.

Over the last five years, there has actually been a “real terms” (when judged against the Consumer Prices Index) reduction of 1.5 per cent.

We believe the 21 per cent figure that has been quoted relates to the increase in the total we expect to collect on an annual basis - but this is also affected by an increase in the taxbase (an increase in the number of rateable properties in the city).

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