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Council Tax charges

How is Council Tax worked out?

Each dwelling (like a house, flat, or bungalow) is placed in a Council Tax band according to its value. Valuations are carried out by the Valuation Office, not the council.

Valuation was last carried out in 1991, so Council Tax bands are based on what the property was or would have been worth in 1991. Properties and their bands are listed in valuation lists which are publicly available for anybody to look at.

Find out which Council Tax band your home falls in by choosing 'property enquiry' in your Council Tax account.

If you disagree with your Council Tax banding, you may be able to make an appeal. You can find out more about Council Tax banding appeals on GOV.UK. Please note, if you appeal against your band, you must still pay your bill while you're waiting for the appeal to be dealt with.

Adult social care increase

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The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)

The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its Council Tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this “precept” at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.

2020/2021 update

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.