Council Tax

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. Payment is due once a month from April through to January inclusive.  Normally, you will be offered 10 instalments, however if you would like your instalments extended until March email, ensure that you quote your name, address and customer reference number.

Council Tax privacy 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 / government departments to prevent or detect fraud / crime.  This includes participation in the National Fraud Initiative. Find out more about Coventry City Council's data sharing
  • Public agencies / government departments and other organisations as required to support the collection of council tax. 
  • Information is also shared within the Council for the purposes of delivering other Council activities. Where this happens, data sharing agreements are in place to control the use of this data.

Any personal data you have given us will not be passed to third parties for commercial purposes.

You have the right to request that Coventry City Council stops processing your personal data in relation to any Council service. Where possible, the Council will seek to comply with your request but there may be some situations where it will not be able to do this, e.g. where the Council is required to hold or process information to comply with a legal requirement. However, if we do cease processing your personal data, this may cause delays or hinder the Council’s ability to provide you with services.

How your money is spent

Following a period of consultation, the Council agreed the budget report 2018-19 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 three (which can be found budget report 2018-19) has a breakdown of how the revenue budget is divided up.

Revenue spending on Council Services will total £727 million during 2018-19. A total of £600m of this spending will be funded from a combination of grants, business rates, and fees and charges. This leaves a total of £127m to be met from Council Tax. The budget also includes £263 million of capital spending. (£141.5 million and 117% more than the latest estimated 2017/18 programme)

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 of 4.9% for 2018-19. 3.0% of this increase is the Adult Social Care precept.

Council Tax

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