It is likely that virtually every Council in England is going to raise Council Tax rates by 5.99%, the 2.99% maximum allowed without a referendum, and a further 3% to fund social care. From the look of it, for a Band D property, the average increase is going to be £100.00 or so a year. How do the English members view this? Do you view it as an essential increase in Council funds, or as an abrogation by Central Government, in that the extra funding should come from the Treasury, not the Council Tax payers? Obviously, being Scottish, I have no dog in this race. Our Council, West Lothian, has chosen not to increase the Council Tax for Bands A - D, but has increased the charge for Bands E - H, by about 7%. The 2018 -2019 figures aren't out yet, unless there is no change at all for the current year. When I worked, I did income and expenditure calculations day in day out, and was absolutely astonished at the level of water charges in England, £50.00+ a month wasn't uncommon. For a Band B house here, it is about £15.00 a month.