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Council Tax

Council Tax is a local tax, set by each local Council, to help pay for local services. The tax has two elements, a property element and a personal element. When the Council Tax is set it is assumed that two adults live in the property. 

If only one adult lives in the property, Council Tax for that property will be reduced by 25%.  The amount you pay depends on which Council Tax band your property falls in.
 
There is only one bill for each property and this must usually be paid by the owner occupier or tenant of the property. Generally, the owner must also pay the bill if nobody lives in the property as their main home.

The amount payable depends on what valuation band your home is in. The higher the band the more you pay. The Council Tax Levels are set in late February each year.  For current charges please see the 'Download' area on the right.

Normally you will be offered ten instalments, although that number will be reduced if the bill is issued after the end of April. In most cases the payment free months are February and March but consult your newest bill for your instalments that are due. You can now also pay over 12 instalments if your first payment is made in April. Contact us to find out more and arrange this.

Council Tax Support

From 1 April 2013, Council Tax Support replaced Council Tax Benefit. If you're of state pensionable age, the rules will stay the same. If you're of working age, you will get less Council Tax Support. Click here.

If you are on a low income, Council Tax Support could help reduce your Council Tax bill. To see if you are entitled to any help please go to Click here to claim Council Tax Support

New Discount - 1st April 2014

Family annexes (that are not exempt)

From 1st April 2014, there is a new Council Tax discount of 50% for people living in annexes, provided they are related to the person liable to pay the Council Tax of the main dwelling. The discount is extended to those people living in dwellings with annexes which are unoccupied provided they are using those annexes as part of their main residence.

If a non-family member occupies an annexe then the discount will not apply.

If you feel you may qualify please contact us


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