Millions to be hit by council tax INCREASE as services axed – will YOUR council tax go up?


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For the initially time in a decade all 32 local authorities have increased their directory tax rates

Clackmannanshire today became the last to set its budget for the year on.

It is the first time in a decade that all 32 local authorities be subjected to increased the levy.

The hikes will raise an estimated £77 million for caucuses but leaders have warned jobs and services face the axe to balance the publications.

They argue even with the maximum rise there is not enough liquidate to meet staff pay rises and a squeeze on budgets.

Meanwhile, business commandants issued renewed warnings over the impact on the economy following the Scottish Control’s salary raids on middle and higher earners.

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The SNP’s Budget deal means 1.1m Scots will pay exorbitant income tax than elsewhere in the UK

Councils will do everything they can to be in charge of pressures through savings but with income generation restricted by the Scottish Supervision there is often little scope for manoeuvre

Gail Macgregor

The SNP’s Budget arrangement with the Greens means 1.1 million Scots will pay strong income tax than those earning the same elsewhere in the UK.

The latest commence will mean a family in a typical Band D property will pay fro £1,200.

Those in more expensive homes will seen an increase of £92, prepossessing the average annual bill to more than £3,000.

However, budgets for bin accumulations, arts funding, grants to charities and community wardens in some enclosures will be affected as bosses try to plug funding gaps.

Other congresses will hike fees and charges for services.

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All public sector proletarians in Scotland earning up to £36,500 will receive a 3% rise from April

The Scottish Control’s pay policy states every public sector worker earning up to £36,500 should get a 3 percent make something of oneself from April, or 2 percent for those earning more.

But Cosla says councils have not been offered enough funding to cover the takes.

The council umbrella group’s resource spokeswoman, Gail Macgregor, imagined there was “ongoing significant pressure” from pay and demand for services.

She go on increased: “As councils set their budget we are seeing the reality of this and difficult choices require to be made.

“Councils will do everything they can to manage pressures wholly savings but with income generation restricted by the Scottish Government there is frequently little scope for manoeuvre.

“Councils want to support communities and tend the vulnerable, but at budget setting time the harsh reality of years of need of proper investment in local government starts to bite.”

Last year, the SNP aimed the council tax freeze and allowed annual rises of up to 3 per cent. But some, cataloguing South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde, refused to do so.

The highest Band D rebuke this year is in Glasgow at £1,286.47 and the lowest is in the Western Isles at £1,086.36.

Scottish Tory city government spokesman Alexander Stewart MSP said: “Across Scotland hard-working families are now flourishing to pay more council tax.

“Yet thanks to the SNP’s decision to slash funding to local scholars, vital public services will only get worse.

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Limited councils will raise an additional £77m by increasing council tax by 3 per cent

“It Non-Standard real does prove once and for all that under the SNP you pay more, but get less.”

Scottish Be disadvantaged by’s James Kelly accused Finance Secretary Derek Mackay of “pulling a con-trick on excises”.

Mr Kelly said: “He has hammered council budgets – and then tells caucuses to raise taxes to cover the cuts.

“The reality, however, is that these directors tax rises would be a drop in the ocean compared to the level of cuts conferences are facing.”

The Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) warned the council tax rises desire add to the strain on household finances.

SRC director David Lonsdale said: “Consumer lay out, a mainstay of Scotland’s economy, faces headwinds in the months ahead as households contend with multiplies in council tax, income tax and higher employee pension contributions.

“Family budgets are already subsumed under strain and do not stretch as far as they used to with inflation continuing to beat growth in wages.”

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The local administration finance settlement this coming year is £10.7 billion and synods will raise an additional £77 million by increasing council tax by 3 percent, serve a nine year freeze.

“Budget decisions, including council tax and shaft pay agreements, are for individual authorities but their funding will increase next year by about £342 million.

“Our income tax proposals will see 70 percent of Scottish taxpayers pay less revenues tax next year for an unchanged income, giving them more throw-away income.”

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