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 band is decided by the Valuation Office. See council tax charges and bands

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 and where your money goes in our council tax explained documents:

Budget

Our budget 2022 to 2023 plan: 

  • sees an overall revenue budget (money spent on things related to running the council and overheads) for 2022 to 2023 of £431.1 million
  • sees a capital budget (what we spend on investment, infrastructure projects or our Housing Revenue Account) for the next 10 years of £1,906.1 million
  • aims to balance increasing costs and service demand 

Council tax for 2022/23 has increased by 2.99%, which includes a 1% increase for funding adult social care.  

The Avon Fire Authority has increased the amount it needs from council tax payers by 1.99%. 

The Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner has increased the amount it needs from council tax payers by 4.1%. 

For example, the total charge for a band D property for 2022/23 is £2,230.37, compared with £2,163.65 for 2021/22. This includes: 

  • £1,901.22 for council tax, compared with £1,846.02 for 2021/22
  • £251.20 for the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner, compared with £241.20 for 2022/23
  • £77.95 for the Avon Fire Authority, compared with £76.43 for 2021/22

Revenue 

Our total spending on council services, as well as schools and welfare benefits, in 2022/23 will be £1,091 million. In 2020/21 this was £1,040 million. Spending by schools and on benefits is largely funded by the government.

Council services are also paid for by income from business rates, grants, service users, other organisations and our investments. 

Adult social care precept 

The Secretary of State 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 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.

Energy bills rebate

The government announced a pdf package to help households with rising energy bills (131 KB) .

Levies on the council

The Environment Agency (EA) and the Lower Severn Internal Drainage Board (IDB) charge the council a levy for flood defence and land drainage. The Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) charge a levy for the management of the local marine environment.

Levies on the council in 2022/23

RegionGross expenditure (£m)Total levy requirement (£m)Levy on the council 
EA Severn and Wye RFCC

33.8

1.22

2,880

EA Wessex RFCC

61.6

3.93

470,554

Lower Severn IDB

1.9

1.5

804,477

Devon and Severn IFCA

0.76

0.76

43,064


Levies on the council in 2021/22

RegionGross expenditure  (£m)Total levy requirement (£m)Levy on the council 
EA Severn and Wye RFCC

28

1.19

2,913

EA Wessex RFCC

40.2

3.86

467,630

Lower Severn IDB

1.6

1.4

736,172

Devon and Severn IFCA

0.74

0.74

41,810


Levies on the council in 2020/21

RegionGross expenditure  (£m)Total levy requirement (£m)Levy on the council 
EA Severn and Wye RFCC

27.6

1.17

2,827

EA Wessex RFCC

42.5

3.78

453,890

Lower Severn IDB

1.6

1.3

705,814

Devon and Severn IFCA

0.77

0.74

41,810


Council tax notice 

The pdf Council Tax Notice for 2022/23 (96 KB)  shows the council tax bands commencing from 1 April 2022.

Emergency services

Get information on spending plans for the Police and fire brigade and details of how the budgets are finalised:

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