Closed petition Amend legislation in Wales to align with England for Excessive Council Tax Increases

In England local authorities are required to determine whether the amount of council tax they plan to raise is ‘excessive’. The Secretary of State sets thresholds of excessiveness, known as ‘referendum principles’. Currently local councils in Wales can increase Council Tax annually up to 10% without a local referendum which was done by Welsh councils in the last 12 months. Many are now planning to do this again placing a massive financial burden on already struggling households.

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This briefing https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/sn05682/ explains the system of local referendums on ‘excessive’ increases in council tax, that has been in place in England since the 2012/13 financial year. It explains the legal background to the system, including the procedures, timings and costs for referendums and how council tax increases are presented by local authorities.

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