New figures reveal residents in Labour areas pay less council tax than in Tory or Lib Dem areas

16 April 2012

Hilary BennNew figures reveal residents in Labour areas pay less council tax than in Tory or Lib Dem areas
 
In Labour local authorities, the Band D council tax rate is £81 lower than in Tory areas and £42 lower than in Lib Dem areas, new research reveals today.

Households in Labour-controlled authorities also pay on average £220 less per year than those living in Tory areas and £101 less than those in Lib Dem areas.

In top tier/unitary controlled Labour Councils the average council tax per dwelling is £1086 and the average band D council tax is £1162.

In Conservative councils the average council tax per dwelling is £1306 and the average band D council tax is £1243.

In Lib Dem councils the average council tax per dwelling is £1187 and the average band D council tax is £1204 whilst for those in no overall control average council tax per dwelling is £1107 and the average band D council tax is £1237.
The research also reveals more Tory councils than Labour councils have rejected the Government’s council tax freeze scheme. 16 Tory councils have increased council tax this year, as opposed to 15 Labour councils (see list below).

Council  -  Control
Chelmsford  -  CON
Dover  -  CON
East Cambridgeshire  -  CON
East Hampshire  -  CON
East Northamptonshire  -  CON
Huntingdonshire  -  CON
Lichfield  -  CON
South Hams  -  CON
South Ribble  -  CON
Spelthorne  -  CON
Tonbridge & Malling  -  CON
Tunbridge Wells  -  CON
West Devon  -  CON
Peterborough  -  CON
Cambridgeshire  -  CON
Surrey  -  CON
St Helens  -  LAB
Barrow-in-Furness  -  LAB
Corby  -  LAB
Gedling  -  LAB
Gravesham  -  LAB
Preston  -  LAB
Darlington  -  LAB
Leicester  -  LAB
Luton  -  LAB
Middlesbrough  -  LAB
Nottingham  -  LAB
Redcar & Cleveland  -  LAB
Stoke-on-Trent  -  LAB
Telford & Wrekin  -  LAB
York  -  LAB
Allerdale  -  NOC
Babergh  -  NOC
Epsom & Ewell  -  NOC
Richmondshire  -  NOC
Stockton-on-Tees  -  NOC

Hilary Benn MP, Labour's Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, said:

“This out of touch, Tory-led Government doesn’t understand the pressure on family finances as prices go up and tax credits are cut – while taxes are slashed for millionaires. But Labour councils are looking out for family incomes by keeping council tax £220 a year lower than Tory councils.

“In areas with a Lib Dem council, bills are still £101 higher than in Labour areas.

“Eric Pickles said it was the ‘moral duty’ of councils to keep council tax low and freeze it. This new data shows that Labour councils live up to that promise. And in fact more Tory councils have chosen to ignore Eric Pickles and put up council tax than Labour councils.

“These local elections are a chance for people to v ote for a council that understands how to help them. Labour councils up and down the country have shown that they are with residents in tough times.”