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.
Following a period of consultation, the Council set the budget report 2016-17 at Full Council. This explains about the Council's spending plans and how we use all of the revenue for the year ahead. Appendix three has a breakdown of how the revenue budget is divided up.
This year the Government has cut grants to the Council by £16m. A typical Coventry household will see a reduction of £754 in the amount the Council has available to spend (compared to 2010/11).
Revenue spending on Council Services will total £693 m during 2016-17. A total of £582m of this spending will be funded from a combination of grants, business rates, and fees and charges. This leaves a total of £111m to be met from Council Tax. The budget also includes £117m of capital spending.
In 2015/16 local authorities were allowed to increase their Council Tax by a maximum of 2% before being required to hold a specific referendum to decide the issue. For 2016/17 onwards central government have changed the rules relating to Council Tax increases. They have allowed authorities like Coventry City Council, with responsibility for providing adult social care services, to increase council tax by a further 2% above the previous 2% threshold (i.e. 4% in total). This has been done in response to the increasing pressure on adult social care brought about by people living longer. Read the formal statement regarding this change.