Council Tax

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Council Tax helps pay for local services like rubbish collection, road maintenance and policing. Council Tax applies to all domestic properties.

What is council tax?

One Council Tax bill is sent to each household, regardless of how many people are living there and whether it is owned or rented. Every domestic property is allocated to a valuation band depending on its value. Find your band and what your council charges per band on the GOV.UK website.

How is council tax allocated?

Your local council sets the amount of Council Tax it charges. This depends on how much the council and other public bodies (like the police) spend in your area, and on how much other funding they get.

How can you reduce your council tax bill?

You may be able to reduce your bill through:

  • exemptions, for example if your home is empty for a time or is occupied by people who do not count for Council Tax purposes
  • disability reductions for homes adapted for a disabled person.
  • discounts – if you live on your own, or with someone who isn't included for Council Tax like a student, a carer or someone with a severe mental impairment
  • Council Tax reduction for people on a low income.

Read our section on Council Tax reductions to find out more.

opens link in new window Download the Council Tax factsheet (PDF 222 KB)

The following factsheet is only applicable for people over pension age.

opens link in new window Download the Housing Benefit factsheet (PDF 496 KB)

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  • A factsheet about the Council Tax system in England.
  • A factsheet on Housing and Council Tax benefit.
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