Council Tax bill
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Conservatives Council Tax hike

Conservatives Council Tax hike means millions of workers who face unemployment will be
hit with £100 tax rises.

More than one million workers in England could face unemployment just as they get hit
with Boris Johnson’s £100 council tax hike, according to new research from Labour.

The Government’s Job Retention Scheme will end on 31 April and will see many workers laid
off, with the Office for Budget Responsibility forecasting that unemployment will peak at
2.6m in the second quarter of this year – a rise of one million since the fourth quarter of
2020. During the same month, 2.7m furloughed workers will be hit by Boris Johnson’s plan to hike
council tax by almost £100 for families across England.

Labour will be forcing a Commons’ vote today urging Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to stop
their planned council tax hike to protect family budgets and help secure the economy.

Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick previously said councils would be funded to do
“whatever it takes” to support their communities but later backtracked and suggested
councils should share the burden of their lost income.

Steve Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, said:
“The Prime Minister’s £2 billion council tax bombshell will hit many hard-pressed families at
the worst possible time – just as many receive their p45s.
“This Government should not be making families pay the price for their broken promises to
support councils.
“The Prime Minister must scrap this economically illiterate council tax rise – and if he
doesn’t, Conservative MPs need to do the right thing and vote with Labour to protect
families’ incomes and help secure our economy.”

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