I don't know about your area but in my area ever since the Government took off the lock on increases 2 years ago ours is shooting up each year with each dept doing the maximum they are allowed. Always with the same excuses
When I wrote to my local MP, I got a sarcastic letter back saying I should be grateful that they price has not gone up in 5 years, so even if the increases are large it could of been worse!
it is now £160 a month with the increases, and I wonder if the Government has learnt that they can keep cutting the amount of money paid to councils so they have to keep hitting us with large increases year on year, so all the blame goes on your local council..
and I don't mean stealth like the fuel duty tax etc, I mean in that your local council can just keep adding massive increases each year without much headlines, unlike if the Government announced a rise in general taxation