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Council Tax

Data Protection - Fair Processing Notice

Coventry City Council will use the information you have provided for the administration of council tax. The Council is under a duty to protect public funds.

The Council will lawfully share your information when necessary with:

  • Public agencies such as the Department of Work and Pensions and National Audit Office to prevent or detect fraud and any other crime. Council tax information may be compared with other sources of data to prevent or detect crime. This link provides more information about data sharing
  • Other Council departments to promote more efficient and cost effective delivery of services
  • Credit reference agencies and enforcement agents for the recover money owed to the Council

The information you provide will only be used for the specified purpose for which you have given it or for purposes that are compatible with that. Any personal data you have given us will not be passed to third parties for commercial purposes.

Information will be shared among officers, councillors and other partner agencies where the law allows or requires it, to help improve the service you receive and to develop other services. We may also be legally required to share your personal data with law enforcement bodies such as the Police, government authorities and other organisations, for the prevention and detection of crime. If you do not wish certain information about you to be exchanged within the Council, you can request that this does not happen, although this may affect the ability of the Council to provide some services to you.

The Council sets the amount of Council Tax you pay, it helps pay for local services such as education and social services. The amount set depends on how much the Council and certain other public bodies (such as the police and Fire Service) spend and how much money they get from other places. The amount charged (before any reductions) also depends on which valuation band each property is in.

Each council is responsible for collecting Council Tax from all households in their area.

You will normally receive your annual Council Tax bill in March. It will tell you how much you have to pay and how that amount has been worked out. The bill will also set out the amount of each instalment and the dates when payment should be received. Normally, you will be offered 10 instalments, although that number will be reduced if the bill is issued after the end of April.

Payment is due once a month from April through to January inclusive, unless you pay by Direct Debit when you can pay on the 1st, 10th, 17th and 24th of the month. 

How your money is spent

Following a period of consultation, the Council agreed the budget report 2017-18 at Full Council. The report details the Council's spending plans and explains how we intend to use all of the revenue for the year ahead. Appendix four (which can be found budget report 2017-18) has a breakdown of how the revenue budget is divided up. This year the Government has cut grants to the Council by a further £12m

Revenue spending on Council Services will total £703 m during 2017-18. A total of £585m of this spending will be funded from a combination of grants, business rates, and fees and charges. This leaves a total of £118m to be met from Council Tax. The budget also includes £123m of capital spending.

From 2016/17 onwards central government gave local authorities with responsibility for providing adult social care services the flexibility to increase council tax by an additional element, to reflect the increasing pressure on adult social care brought about by people living longer. This additional element is known as Adult Social Care precept. Coventry City Council has set a total council tax increase 4.9% for 2017-18. 3.0% of this increase is the Adult Social Care precept.

Council Tax

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