Council Tax reform

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Council Tax freeze

Council Tax freeze 2015 to 2016 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.

A freeze in 2015 to 2016 means there has been 5 successive years of freeze funding provided by the government and a total funding package of £5 billion.

Freezes since 2010 mean a saving of up to £1,075 for an average household over the course of this Parliament.

Ministers have agreed that the funding for 2015 to 2016 freeze grant scheme will be in the spending review baseline for future years, so there will not be a ‘cliff edge’ effect on council finances. Funding for 2011 to 2012, 2013 to 2014, 2014 to 2015 freeze grants is already in the main local government settlement total for future years.

The 2012 to 2013 freeze grant was a one off grant in that year only and no longer features.

The Council Tax freeze scheme documents show how much grant funding government has been provided to individual local authorities, fire and rescue authorities and police and crime commissioners in the 2011 to 2012, 2012 to 2013, 2013 to 2014 and 2014 to 2015 schemes, as well as the indicative grant amounts in 2015 to 2016.

We have also provided figures on the:

You can also see figures for the average Band D Council Tax bill in England between 1993 and 2014.