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

How council tax contributes to the council’s budget

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
4.72 MB
pdf Council Tax Leaflet 2017-2018
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