It has now been announced that Sunderland Council is imposing a whopping 3.99% increase on Council Tax in the next financial year.  This startling revelation was announced at a Council budgetary meeting in which the figure could lead to many taxpayers forking out thousands extra to the Council coffers.

A local poll on the topic by the Sunderland Echo revealed an astonishing 92% of people are against such a rise.

Ryhope UKIP Cllr Steven Bewick commented on SFT's public page alleging that the Labour Cabinet hiked taxes almost to the maximum with little consultation with locals.