Council tax explained
Where your money goes and a guide to your council tax bill.
Council tax and your bill
Council tax is your way of helping to pay for many local services like emergency services, rubbish collection, libraries, schools, street lights and much more.
Council tax is charged on the household. It's based on the value of the property and not on what the household earns.
The amount of council tax you have to pay depends on which property band your home is in.
Your final bill will be changed if you qualify for any of the council tax discounts or exemptions.
Council tax in detail
Find out how council tax is calculated, ways to pay and where your money goes in our council tax explained 2017/18 document (pdf, 293k) (opens new window)
Council tax notice
The council tax notice for 2017/18 (pdf, 17k) (opens new window) shows the council tax bands commencing from 1 April 2017.
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