Council tax informationLast updated: 20 January 2014 15:27 UK
Council tax is locally set and payable on all domestic properties. In most cases there will be one bill per property, regardless of whether it is rented or owned, a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat.
Council tax is collected to help pay for local services such as police, fire, schools, roads, libraries and waste collection. Council tax is not a direct payment for these services and is payable regardless of whether they are actually used.
- Follow the link for more information on changes to discounts from 1 April 2014 for dwellings that are 'furnished and not the sole or main residence'
Please follow the links above and below for much more information on council tax.
Contact the local taxation officeIf you still have a query, look for 'council tax' on our contact us page to find out how to contact the local taxation office, or visit the Department for Communities and Local Government for further information on council tax.
If you are struggling to pay your council taxIf you are having difficulty paying your council tax, help could be at hand. You may be eligible for a discount or exemption, or our council tax support scheme - alternatively you may be able to set up a special payment arrangement that takes your circumstances into consideration - please phone us on 023 9268 8588 to explore these options.
Please follow the link to pay your council tax online, or use our online council tax support and housing benefit calculator to estimate what you may be entitled to - the following forms also enable you to perform additional tasks online:
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