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What is council tax?

Council tax is a local taxation system levied on domestic properties. The responsibility for paying council tax lies with the owner of the property, or the tenants in the case of rental properties.


Why do I have to pay council tax?

The money raised by council tax goes towards funding local government, including policing, fire services, street cleaning and waste disposal.


How much do I have to pay for council tax?

Your council tax is calculated based on the value of your home. Houses are divided into different bands, each with a different amount payable in tax.


How do I know which council band my home is in?

You can find out your house’s council band any house in the UK by looking up its postcode using this government website:


Council tax exemption and discounts

If you and your housemates are students, then the good news is that you don’t have to pay council tax. Also, if you are living alone then your council bill will be reduced by 25%.


How council tax bills work

Council tax is usually paid in 10 monthly instalments, with a two-month council tax break in February and March. Some authorities offer 12-month payment plans to help spread the cost.

Council generally prefer to be paid by direct debit, but you can also pay via cash, cheque or debit card.