Almost all councils in England will raise their council tax this year, according to a new study, after the government’s local authority spending review paved the way for rises.

With the council tax freeze that was in place since 2010 now at an end, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire signed off powers to increase council tax bills by 2.99 per cent without a referendum.

Up to 97 per cent of local authorities will be taking advantage of this, according to the Local Government Information Unit’s (LGiU) State of Local Government Finance Survey.

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