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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.

How your money is spent

Following a period of consultation, the Council agreed the budget report 2019-20 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 2019-20) has a breakdown of how the revenue budget is divided up.

Revenue spending on Council Services will total £744 million during 2019-20. A total of £609m of this spending will be funded from a combination of grants, business rates, and fees and charges. This leaves a total of £135m to be met from Council Tax. The budget also includes £195 million 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 of 2.9% for 2019-20. The Adult Social Care precept was not increased for 2019-20 but maintained at the same level as 2018-19.

Council Tax

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