The rises are being passed down from the top by the Conservative government [Image: Reuters].

Millions of homes face eye-watering council tax rises in April as the Tories pass the buck for their failure to fund social care properly.

Research today revealed at least 28 of the biggest councils are planning to raise bills by 4.99% – the maximum possible without putting it to a vote.

That is set to pile at least £50 onto many household bills in those areas.

The GMB union branded the measure a “postcode lottery” while Labour called it a “short-term sticking plaster”.

The list includes some of the largest city councils in England – among them Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, Nottingham, Rotherham and Hull.

Rural shires taking the hit were said to include Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Dorset and South Gloucestershire.

London boroughs Lambeth, Southwark, Camden and Kingston are all said to be imposing the maximum 4.99% rise too.

Source: Millions face 5% council tax rises to fund the Tories’ social care crisis

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