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Council tax

Council tax is a local tax set by councils to help pay for local services such as education, social services and highways maintenance.


Council tax is paid to your local district, borough or city council. Many allow you to pay your bill or view your account details online.

The amount you pay will vary depending on where you live and the value of your home. Each home is placed on a valuation list in one of 8 valuation bands, from A to H. The list will show only the band to which your home has been allocated, not it's actual value.

Valuations are carried out by the listing officer at the Valuation Office Agency not your local council. The basis of valuation is the capital value of each dwelling arrived at by estimating the amount it could have been sold for on the open market on 1 April 1991. This valuation date is the same for all properties.

Council Tax is a tax much like income tax and VAT and not a charge for different services. Whether someone benefits from council services depends very much on the personal circumstances of those individuals concerned. Therefore, not everyone will benefit from all the services available.

Councils with responsibility for providing adult care services were again given Government permission to raise council tax by up to 2% in addition to the maximum 3% permitted for 2019 to 2020.

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has 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 and include county councils in England.

The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional 'precept' on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this precept at an appropriate level each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019 to 2020.

Our agreed 3.99% increase in council tax in 2019 to 2020 means an increase of £39.48 a year - or 76p a week - for a band B property. Most homes in Derbyshire are band A or B. The 3.99% includes 2% to support the delivery of adult social care duties and responsibilities in 2019 to 2020.

Table showing council tax bands including the amount attributable to adult social care precept
Valuation bandCouncil TaxAmount attributable to adult social care precept 2016 to 2017Amount attributable to adult social care precept 2017 to 2018Amount attributable to adult social care precept 2018 to 2019Amount attributable to adult social care precept 2019 to 2020Total amount attributable to adult social care precept
  £ £ £ £ £ £
A 881.92 14.94 15.53 16.15 16.96 63.58
B 1,028.91 17.43 18.12 18.85 19.79 74.19
C 1,175.89 19.92 20.71 21.54 22.61 84.78
D 1,322.88 22.41 23.30 24.23 25.44 95.38
E 1,616.85 27.39 28.48 29.61 31.09 116.57
F 1,910.83 32.37 33.66 35.00 36.75 137.78
G 2,204.80 37.35 38.83 40.38 42.40 158.96
H 2,645.76 44.82 46.60 48.46 50.88 190.76

In Derbyshire the extra 2% for adult care in 2019 to 2020 will raise £6.3million a year.

The adult social care charge is ring-fenced to adult social care services, that is the additional funding raised through Council Tax can only be used to support these services. This charge is used to help fund the full range of social care related services, including:

  • expanding services to support the timely discharge of clients from hospital with either a residential or home-based care package
  • provide an urgent, short-term service to prevent admissions into hospital
  • voluntary and community groups that provide the most benefit in helping older and vulnerable people to live safely and well in their own homes without relying on social care services
  • protecting our home care service which provides support to people at home so they can stay living independently for as long as possible
  • services that support people with dementia and their carers
  • more use of assistive technology and specialist equipment, for example pressure pads and alarms
  • support services for younger adults with mental health issues and learning disabilities to help them live independently, prepare for independent living or a move to supported accommodation and help them learn new skills including support into employment where appropriate

Fire and police elements of council tax

We're not responsible for the police authority or fire service and have no influence on their priorities. If your query relates to the fire or police element of your council tax bill, you should contact the relevant authority:

Council tax leaflet

The council tax leaflet is published every year in March. It's sent out with your council tax bill. It explains how we spend the money we get, where this money comes from and how much comes from council tax.

The current council tax leaflet is attached to this page.