Council Tax helps pay for local services like rubbish collection, road maintenance and policing. Council Tax applies to all domestic properties.
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.
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.
You may be able to reduce your bill through:
Read our section on Council Tax reductions to find out more.
Download the Council Tax factsheet (PDF 222 KB)
The following factsheet is only applicable for people over pension age.
Download the Housing Benefit factsheet (PDF 496 KB)
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