The Tories £2 billion council tax bombshell will hammer seats represented by new Conservative MPs in former Labour seats in the North and Midlands hardest.
The brutal local tax rises announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in the Comprehensive Spending Review will see town halls across the country forced to pass costs on to households to pay for the financial crisis caused by Covid-19
Band D Council Taxpayers will face an average rise of £91 next year under plans by the Chancellor to encourage councils to raise the tax for areas that deliver social care by 5%, from £1,818 to £1,908.
The 30 areas with the highest council tax rises overlap with eleven key Parliamentary seats held by Labour until 2019 and two seats held until the 2017 General Election.
The news comes after the Local Government Finance Settlement, in which the Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick revealed that he expects councils to increase council tax by 5 per cent next year while cutting services as costs increase due to soaring levels of unemployment and demand for social care.
Many of the hardest-hit councils cover Parliamentary seats such as Blackpool North and South, Redcar, Bishop Auckland and Wolverhampton South West and Wolverhampton North East, represented by Conservative MPs after the 2019 General Election.
Steve Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary said: “Rishi Sunak’s Christmas present to hard-working families is to clobber them with a council tax hike to pay for his mismanagement of the economy which means we have the worst recession of major economies.
“People are losing their jobs, incomes are under pressure like never before, this is no time for the Conservatives to raid family budgets with a tax hike that will push many into debt.
“The message is clear: you pay more but get less under the Conservatives.”
A Government spokesperson said: “Councils set their own council taxes and we have given them the flexibility to minimise any increases.”
“We are ensuring that councils have the resources needed to deliver effective services including a £2.2 billion increase in core funding and an extra £1.55 billion to continue to support their communities during the pandemic.
“We’re also providing £670 million funding to help councils continue to support those least able to pay council tax.”