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Council Tax freeze

Council Tax freeze 2014 to 2015 scheme

On 26 June 2013 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced as part of the Spending Round 2013 that the government will provide additional grant funding to support councils that freeze Council Tax in both 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016. This was reiterated by Brandon Lewis in a written ministerial statement for the local government settlement on 18 December 2013. The funding amounts to an extra £550 million.

This means the government’s Council Tax freeze deal will have provided 5 years of freeze funding, worth up to £1,100 for an average Band D taxpayer over the lifetime of Parliament. This is in contrast to the years between 1997 to 1998 and 2010 to 2011, when Council Tax more than doubled.

Ministers have agreed that the funding for 2014 to 2015 freeze grant scheme, will be paid out in 2014 to 2015 and 2015 to 2016 and then will be built into the spending review baseline. Funding for 2011 to 2012 and 2013 to 2014 freeze grants is now in the local government settlement total for future years.

The documents below show how much grant funding government has been provided to local authorities, fire and rescue authorities and police and crime commissioners in the 2011 to 2012, 2012 to 2013, 2013 to 2014 and the 2014 to 2015 schemes.

You can also see figures for the average Band D Council Tax bill in England between 1993 and 2013.

Local authorities intending to freeze or reduce Council Tax in 2014 to 2015

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Potential savings to the average Band D Council Tax payer of a Council Tax freeze compared to annual increases of 5% since 2010 to 2011

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Change in Band D Council Tax for local authorities including parish precepts 2010 to 2011 and 2014 to 2015

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Letter to local authorities informing them of the 2014 to 2015 Council Tax freeze scheme

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Final Council Tax freeze grant allocations (revised): grants to compensate local authorities for freezing or reducing their Council Tax in 2013 to 2014

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Letter to police and crime and commissioners informing them of their ongoing Council Tax freeze grants with respect to the 2011 to 2012 scheme

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Council Tax freeze grant determination 2013 to 2014, (Supplemental) (No.31/2180)

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2014 to 2015 indicative Council Tax freeze grant allocations

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Grants to compensate authorities for freezing or reducing their Council Tax in 2012 to 2013

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Grants to compensate authorities for freezing or reducing their Council Tax in 2011 to 2012

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Letter to local authorities informing them of their Council Tax freeze grants for 2013 to 2014

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Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis has written to council leaders of local authorities in England about the 2013 to 2014 Council Tax freeze.

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