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Council tax set to rise for millions in April with most facing 5% hikes – here's what you need to know

Council tax bills will rise for millions of people from 1 April, with most local authorities in England preparing increases of 5% – adding around £100 to a typical band D bill. In Wales, most councils are planning rises of between around 5% to 10%.

20 February 2024

Council tax in Scotland to be frozen until April 2025 – here's what you need to know

Council tax for all 2.5 million households in Scotland will be frozen at current levels until April 2025, the Scottish Government has confirmed. It means no household in Scotland will see an increase in council tax for at least the next 18 months.

18 October 2023

'We got a £7,500 council tax refund as carers thanks to MSE's tips' – here's how to check if you qualify for money off your bill

A dad is encouraging others to check if they qualify for the 'live-in carer' and/ or 'severe mental impairment' council tax discounts after he and his wife were granted a £7,500 refund and will also save £1,000s off their bill going forward.

6 June 2023

'My daughter got a £10,000 council tax refund after living with multiple sclerosis for years' – here's how to check if you can do the same

The parents of a multiple sclerosis sufferer have claimed a £10,000 council tax refund on their daughter's behalf after watching MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis talking about the little known discount on TV.

25 April 2023

Council tax to rise for millions from 1 April with most facing 5% hikes – here's what's happening

Council tax bills will increase for millions of people in England from 1 April, with the majority of local authorities set to hike rates by 5% – though in some cases bills will rise by up to 15%.

14 February 2023

Council tax rebate claims deadline extended as over 300,000 households yet to get their £150 - here's what you need to know

You've now got until 30 November to claim the payment from your local council, so make sure you don't miss out.

2 November 2022

Struggling with energy bills but don't get the £150 council tax help? Check our council-by-council list to see if you're due further support

If you weren't eligible for the £150 council tax rebate to help with the cost of living but are struggling to pay your energy bills, you may be entitled to a one-off cash payment. We've trawled the websites of every UK council to see which ones have released their eligibility criteria for the money, and so check below.

12 July 2022

Don't pay your council tax bill by direct debit? Check now to see how and when you'll get your £150 rebate

If you don't pay your council tax by direct debit it's likely you've yet to receive your free £150 energy rebate from the Government.

12 July 2022

MSE Exclusive: Households in Great Britain due £150 million in council tax refunds – check NOW to see if you're one of the 862,000 due a payout

Households are being urged to check NOW if they are one of the 862,000 due a refund of overpaid council tax, with an investigation by showing residents in England, Scotland and Wales could claim back a total of just over £150 million.

3 July 2022

In council tax bands A-D and pay by direct debit? Check when your £150 energy rebate is coming

Most English and Welsh households eligible for the Government's £150 council tax rebate should receive the payment by the end of May – so long as they pay their council tax by direct debit.

30 May 2022