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 made. 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 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.
Following a period of consultation, the Council set the budget report 2015-16 at Full Council (item 10). This explains about the Council's spending plans and how we use all of the revenue for the year ahead. Appendix four has a breakdown of how the revenue budget is divided up.
This year the Government has cut grants to the Council by £24m. A typical Coventry household will see a reduction of £638 in the amount the Council has available to spend (compared to 2010/11).
Revenue spending on Council Services will total £719m during 2015-16. A total of £617m of this spending will be funded from a combination of grants, business rates, and fees and charges. This leaves a total of £102m to be met from Council Tax. The budget also includes £118m of capital spending.