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Council Tax is a local tax set by local councils to help pay for local services.
There will be one bill per dwelling (house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat) whether it is owner-occupied or rented.
Who pays is decided by reference to what is called a hierarchy of liability. Owner-occupiers or resident tenants (including council tenants) usually have to pay the tax. In some cases the owner, not the resident, has to pay the Council Tax, such as dwellings occupied by more than one household, where residents pay rent separately for different parts of the dwelling. If a property is empty, or it is no one’s main home, the owner is responsible for the bill.
How much will I have to pay?
Your Council Tax bill will be based on the relative value (see Council Tax Bands) of your dwelling compared to others in the local area. There is a discount scheme where only one adult lives in a dwelling. The bill may also be reduced where people with disabilities live in a dwelling, and people on low income may be entitled to a reduction under our Council Tax Support scheme.
Details of how the Council decides the level of Council Tax and how that money is spent can be found on our Efficiencies: How we give you value for money web page.
How do I pay?
There are a number of ways in which you can pay your Council Tax including Direct Debit, online via faster payment or direct credit, by phone, PayPoint, by post or by bankers standing order. For further details please go to our How to Pay web page.