With soaring energy bills and food prices continuing to rise, Scots are going to have their finances stretched even further when they receive their council tax bills towards the end of March.
It gave the green light to cash-strapped local authorities to raise more money from residents to plug holes in their
Most councils have agreed on a rise of around 5 per cent, including both Edinburgh and Glasgow, with others opting for increases of between 3.9 per cent and 10 per cent.
It means bigger bills for those across all the council tax bands – with the average Scot paying Band D rates.
So, here are the 10 cheapest areas to live in when it comes to a Band D council tax bill (actual bills will be higher as they will include water and sewerage charges) and how much you’ll be paying.
This year will see substantial rises across
Scotland, adding further to the misery of the cost of living crisis. 5. North Lanarkshire
Band D property residents in Kilsyth (pictured) and across North Lanarkshire will pay £1,320.78 council tax this year following a 5 per cent hike.
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Band D council tax bills in Dumfries and Galloway are going up by 6 per cent to £1,334.85.
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Band D residents in the beautiful Scottish Borders will see their council tax bill rise by 5 per cent to £1,356.11.
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With a 7 per cent rise in council tax, Falkirk residents have the second biggest hike in Scotland. They still get decent value for money though compared to other local authority areas, with a Band D bill coming in at £1,363.82.
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