Where Council Tax Goes

The money raised from Council Tax together with Government grants is used to pay for a wide range of local services. These include but are not limited to:

  • education
  • social services
  •  libraries
  • highway maintenance
  • street lighting
  •  building control
  • planning and economic development
  •  passenger transport
  •  cemeteries and crematoria
  • trading standards
  •  waste management
  • homelessness assistance
  • money advice
  • parks and playgrounds
  • housing benefit
  • health and safety
  • food hygiene
  • information and advice centres
  • pest control

What is Council Tax?

Council Tax is the current form of local taxation for domestic properties which local authorities use to raise money to pay for around 25% of the cost of local services such as Education, Social Services, Refuse Collection and so on.

Council Tax is a property tax with a personal element. The property element is based on the property's valuation band (see Valuation bands). The personal element takes into account the number of people aged over 18 living in a property, and allows for a discount to be granted in some circumstances.


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pdf Council Tax Leaflet 2019-2020
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pdf Council Tax Leaflet 2018-2019
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pdf Council Tax Leaflet 2017-2018
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