Yet another Conservative Council Tax rise will clobber people at the worst possible
time, when they are already facing higher energy bills, cuts to Universal Credit, and a
Conservative tax rise on National Insurance. Energy bills jumped 12% in October, with Ofgem announcing a £139 rise in default tariffs and £153 increase for customers with prepayment meters. Ofgem has warned that energy bills will almost certainly rise again in April 2022.
Five million families on Universal Credit have just had their support cut by up to £1,040 a year – the largest overnight cut to social security since the Second World War. In some regions as many as one in five families are affected by the cut.
The Conservative National Insurance tax rise will cost the average worker over £250 a year in extra tax. National Insurance contributions will increase by 1.25% from April 2022: a move that will cost the average person on a £30,000-per-year salary an extra £255. Another Conservative Council Tax rise will also clobber families in April 2022, at the same time as the National Insurance rises, and a further planned rise in energy bills.
That’s why Labour Councillors are fighting to Stop The Squeeze on local people and demanding that the Prime Minister and Chancellor rule out further unfair council tax rises in the Budget.