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Council tax determines the way households contribute to local authority services.

Local authorities are responsible for the setting, collection and enforcement of council tax.

Council tax is payable on all domestic properties unless they are covered by exemptions. Council tax is set annually by local authorities and is charged according to valuation bands. It is made up of 50% property tax and 50% personal tax. It is based on the value of your property relative to others in your local area.  

Depending on the characteristics of your property or household, you may qualify for a discount, reduction or exemption. For further information please contact your local authority.

Council tax banding

Every home is allocated to a council tax band.  The band is used by local authorities to calculate the amount of council tax to be paid.

Since 1 April 2005, council tax has been calculated using nine valuation bands (bands A to I) that were established in 2005 using 2003 property values.  

The amount of council tax paid varies between the different bands according to proportions set out in law. The amount payable is worked out in relation to Band D properties. For example, a house in band A will pay two-thirds of one in band D and a house in Band H will pay twice that of one in band D.

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