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Council Tax

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The VOA are responsible for assessing Council Tax bands and you do not need the services of a third party to check on the banding. The Valuation Office Agency can be contacted at

To ensure that discounts and exemptions applied to Council Tax accounts are correct, we regularly complete data matching exercises. We are currently working with our partner, Northgate, reviewing customer eligibility for Single Person Discounts (SPD) and you may receive a review letter - an example of which is pdf icon Example Discount Review Letter [123kb].

Council Tax and what it pays for

Council Tax is collected by the Revenues Department and applies to all domestic properties, owned or rented (including council properties, mobile homes and houseboats). The amount you pay depends on your personal circumstances, the size and type of property and what band it is in.

Setting up and managing Council Tax or Business Rates online

Going online to manage your or your tenant's account is easy and secure, with 24 hour access to bills and to make payments.

Paying your Council Tax

The easiest way to pay your Council Tax is by Direct Debit and helps you avoid missed payment costs, as well as being automatically entered into a free £100 prize draw!

Council Tax Discounts & Exemptions

Council Tax is made up of two halves; 50% is the property element & 50% is the personal element. Depending on your situation, you may be eligible for help with your Council Tax payments.

Council Tax Bands and Amounts

Search your Council Tax banding using this service from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) - an external organisation responsible for maintaining the business rating and Council Tax valuation lists for England and Wales.

How Council Tax is calculated

There are four steps involved in calculating Council Tax charges for the year.

Council Tax - Complaints and Compliments

Our aim is that all Council Tax complaints are answered within 20 working days.