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Council tax bills to rise from 1 April - here's what's happening and what to do about it

Council tax bills to rise from 1 April - here's what's happening and what to do about it

Council tax bills are set to rise for millions of households from 1 April, with the majority seeing total increases of around 3%. We've tips on how to reduce your bill below and a list of how much local councils will charge across England, Scotland and Wales.

The tables we've put together at the bottom of this piece provide a council-by-council guide on the planned price increases but they should only be used as a rough guide, as the way bills are calculated is complex and so you'll need to visit your council's website or wait for your annual statement to arrive to confirm your final bill.

The hikes come as the cost of living crisis escalates, with rises to national insurance payments and the energy price cap also happening next month. If you're struggling, see our Cost of living crisis help.  

Three tips on how to reduce your council tax bill

If your bills are rising, here are a few tips and some info on ways you can reduce your council tax.

  1. Properties in bands A-D will receive a non-repayable £150 rebate, so set-up a direct debit to receive it. About 20 million households in England – those with homes in council tax bands A to D – will get a £150 rebate in April. To guarantee you get it in good time, we recommend you set up a direct debit now so that your local authority has your bank account details and can give you the money as quickly as possible. You can cancel the direct debit once you receive your payment. 

  2. 100,000s are in the wrong council tax band - check you're not set to pay more than you owe. Many homes are in the wrong council tax band, and have been since 1991. It's well worth asking: "What council tax band am I in?" If you're concerned your property could be in the wrong band there are steps you can follow to check and challenge your band:

    - Check the band your neighbours are in. The most important step is to find out if your band's higher than your neighbours in similar or identical properties. You could simply ask them, but there's no need to as it's public info. The band of every property can be found online in England (Valuation Office Agency) and Scotland (Scottish Assessors' Association).

    (Wales does have a council tax system, but a nationwide revaluation was done there in 2003, so errors are less likely and less long-standing (though you can still challenge if you think it's wrong.) 

    - A second crucial step is to estimate what your home was worth in 1991, as that's when and how the council tax bands were defined. This CAN'T be used as evidence if you challenge your band. But it's an important test to see that you're on the right track if you do decide to challenge.

    Challenging your band is not something to do speculatively without the checks though, for one simple reason - you can't just ask for your band to be lowered – only for a reassessment, which means it could be moved up or down. For full information on how to do this see our Challenge Your Council Tax Band guide.

  3. Check if you're eligible for a council tax discount - some could save £1,000s. Many people are eligible for discounts of between 25% to 100% off their council tax bill, saving £100s – or even £1,000s – each year. However, it's up to YOU to flag to your local council whether you might be eligible for a discount. The table below details the discount you may be entitled to: 

How council tax bill hikes are calculated

Council tax bills are complex and are typically made up of various different elements. Plus, exactly how much you'll pay also depends on your council tax band, which is based on your property's value.

In Scotland and Wales, your 2022/23 bill is split into a number of elements:

  • Your local council element. The maximum increase is set at 3% for Scotland, while there's no cap on rises in Wales. This maximum increase also includes any funding towards adult social care, which isn't usually detailed separately as it is in England and Wales (see below).  
  • Other associated costs. This includes any charges for parish/town councils. 

In England, any increase to your bill can be made up of some or all of the following elements in 2022/23 - though how much you'll pay in total depends on which elements apply to you: 

  • Your local council element - though this can be split into two parts. The maximum this can rise by is 1.99% or £5 (whichever is higher) with this funding going towards council services.
    - If you live in a 'single-tier authority', where one council looks after all your services, there will be one fee to pay.
    - For those in 'two-tier authorities', where two councils cover services, there are two fees - one set by your county council, and another set by your district, borough or city council. How much of your bill goes towards each council varies by authority, but county councils tend to take the largest share. 

  • An additional, separate 'mayoral' charge for those in London and Manchester. This is rising by a flat rate of 8.8% in London and by a flat rate of 7.7% in Manchester. These rates are set by the two mayors and cover the cost of services such as policing and fire safety. 

  • A charge for adult social care. The maximum this can rise by is 1%. This charge is usually included alongside your council rate, meaning a combined total increase for many of 2.99%.  

  • Other associated costs. The maximum increase for this is set by the local council. This covers fees to police and crime commissions, fire and rescue services and any town/parish councils. 

Some councils are increasing bills by 5%

However, on top of the above elements some councils are able to carry over any increases not used in previous years, which means some households may see larger hikes. Based on the council tax and adult social care elements alone, some councils are increasing bills by more than 2.99%, with five councils hiking rates by 5% (see the map below) - plus, any other associated costs due on top.

Figures rounded to one significant figure.

How much the council element of tax bills in England will rise by

The tables detail how much the local council element of bills will rise by in 2022/23, including any adult social care rates. The tables do not include any other associated charges or the mayoral increases for those in London and Manchester. To work our your total % increase you'll need to visit your council's website or wait for your annual statement to arrive - which should be dropping on doormats very shortly if it hasn't already. 

  • Two-tier authorities

    Upper-tier authority (Tax hike 2022/23) Lower-tier authority (Tax hike 2022/23)

     

     

     

     

     

    Cambridgshire County Council (4.99%)

    Cambridge City Council (2.38%)
    East Cambridgeshire District Council (no hike)
    Fenland District Council (TBC)
    Huntingdonshire District Council (3.37%)
    South Cambridgeshire District Council (3.17%)

     

     

     

     

     

    Cumbria County Council (no hike)

    Allerdale Borough Council (no hike)
    Barrow-in-Furness Borough Council (2.04%)
    Carlisle City Council (no hike)
    Copeland Borough Council (1.95%)
    Eden District Council (no hike)
    South Lakeland District Council (1.50%)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Derbyshire County Council (3.00%)

    Amber Valley Borough Council (2.80%)
    Bolsover District Council (TBC)
    Chesterfield Borough Council (2.86%)
    Derbyshire Dales District Council (1.94%)
    Erewash Borough Council (2.54%)
    High Peak Borough Council (2.50%)
    North East Derbyshire District Council (2.58%)
    South Derbyshire District Council (2.90%)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Devon County Council (3.00%)

    East Devon District Council (3.30%)
    Exeter City Council (2.98%)
    Mid Devon District Council (2.34%)
    North Devon Council (2.55%)
    South Hams District Council (2.85%)
    Teignbridge District Council (2.78%)
    Torridge District Council (2.90%)
    West Devon Borough Council (2.07%)

     

     

     

     

     

    East Sussex County Council (4.49%)

    Eastbourne Borough Council (1.99%)
    Hastings Borough Council (1.99%)
    Lewes District Council (1.99%)
    Rother District Council (2.47%)
    Wealden District Council (2.53%)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Essex County Council (4.49%)

    Basildon Borough Council (no hike)
    Braintree District Council (2.64%)
    Brentwood Borough Council (2.55%)
    Castle Point Borough Council (1.95%)
    Chelmsford City Council (2.38%)
    Colchester Borough Council (2.47%)
    Epping Forest District Council (3.23%)
    Harlow Council (no hike)
    Maldon District Council (2.41%)
    Rochford District Council (2.06%)
    Tendring District Council (2.78%)
    Uttlesford District Council (3.05%)

     

     

     

     

     

    Gloucestershire County Council (2.99%)

    Cheltenham Borough Council (2.28%)
    Cotswold District Council (3.60%)
    Forest of Dean District Council (2.65%)
    Gloucester City Council (2.99%)
    Stroud District Council (2.30%)
    Tewkesbury Borough Council (3.87%)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hampshire County Council (2.99%)

    Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council (3.80%)
    East Hampshire District Council (2.33%)
    Eastleigh Borough Council (1.99%)
    Fareham Borough Council (2.99%)
    Gosport Borough Council (2.12)
    Hart District Council (2.71%)
    Havant Borough Council (2.33%)
    New Forest District Council (2.73%)
    Rushmoor Borough Council (2.35%)
    Test Valley Borough Council (3.30%)
    Winchester City Council (2.70%)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Hertfordshire County Council (3.99%)

    Borough of Broxbourne (3.43%)
    Dacorum Council (2.37%)
    East Hertfordshire District Council (2.90%)
    Hertsmere Borough Council (2.90%)
    North Hertfordshire District Council (2.06%)
    St Albans City and District Council (2.70%)
    Three Rivers District Council (2.68%)
    Watford Borough Council (1.50%)
    Welwyn Hatfield Council (2.23%)
    Stevenage Borough Council (2.04%)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Kent County Council (2.99%)

    Ashford Borough Council (2.90%)
    Canterbury City Council (2.24%)
    Dartford Borough Council (no hike)
    Dover District Council (2.51%)
    Folkstone and Hythe District Council (1.96%)
    Gravesham Borough Council (2.30%)
    Maidstone Borough Council (1.99%)
    Sevenoaks District Council (2.20%)
    Thanet District Council (2.06%)
    Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council (2.30%)
    Tunbridge Wells Borough Council (2.65%)
    Swale Borough Council (2.74%)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lancashire County Council (3.99%)

    Burnley Borough Council (1.99%)
    Chorley Council (1.99%)
    Fylde Borough Council (1.99%)
    Hyndburn Borough Council (1.99%)
    Lancaster City Council (1.99%)
    Preston City Council (1.99%)
    Ribble Valley Borough Council (1.99%)
    Rossendale Borough Council (1.99%)
    South Ribble Borough Council (no hike)
    West Lancashire Borough Council (2.50%)
    Wyre Council (2.23%)
    Pendle Borough Council (1.99%)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Leicestershire County Council (3.00%)

    Blaby District Council (2.84%)
    Charnwood Borough Council (3.46%)
    Harborough District Council (2.85%)
    Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council (3.51%)
    Melton Borough Council (2.35%)
    North West Leicestershire District Council (3.00%)
    Oadby and Wigston District Council (2.12%)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Lincolnshire County Council (4.99%)

    Boston Borough Council (2.50%)
    City of Lincoln Council (1.89%)
    East Lindsey District Council (3.26%)
    North Kesteven District Council (2.79%)
    South Holland District Council (2.83%)
    South Kesteven District Council (3.06%)
    West Lindsey District Council (2.00%)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Norfolk County Council (2.99%)

    Breckland District Council (5.01%)
    Broadland District Council (no hike)
    Great Yarmouth Borough Council (2.92%)
    King's Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council (3.28%)
    North Norfolk District Council (3.17%)
    Norwich City Council (1.99%)
    South Norfolk District Council (3.13%)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    North Yorkshire County Council (3.99%)

    Craven District Council (1.99%)
    Hambleton District Council (4.27%)
    Harrogate Borough Council (1.99%)
    Richmondshire District Council (no hike)
    Ryedale District Council (no hike)
    Scarborough Borough Council (2.09%)
    Selby District Council (no hike)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nottinghamshire County Council (4.00%)

    Ashfield District Council (2.60%)
    Bassetlaw District Council (2.73%)
    Broxtowe Borough Council (2.87%)
    Gedling Borough Council (2.85%)
    Mansfield District Council (no hike)
    Newark and Sherwood District Council (1.94%)
    Rushcliffe Borough Council (2.40%)

     

     

     

     

     

    Oxfordshire County Council (4.99%)

    Cherwell District Council (3.55%)
    Oxford City Council (1.99%)
    South Oxfordshire District Council (3.74%)
    Vale of White Horse District Council (3.47%)
    West Oxfordshire District Council (4.47%)

     

     

     

    Somerset County Council (2.99%)

    Mendip District Council (3.00%)
    Sedgemoor District Council (3.06%)
    Somerset West and Taunton Council (2.95%)
    South Somerset District Council (2.80%)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Staffordshire County Council (2.99%)

    Cannock Chase District Council (1.95%)
    East Staffordshire Borough Council (1.90%)
    Lichfield District Council (1.50%)
    Newcastle-Under-Lyme District Council (1.99%)
    South Staffordshire Council (3.99%)
    Stafford Borough Council (1.90%)
    Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (2.99%)
    Tamworth Borough Council (2.68%)

     

     

     

     

    Suffolk County Council (2.99%)

    Babergh District Council (2.00%)
    East Suffolk Council (2.89%)
    Ipswich Borough Council (1.98%)
    Mid Suffolk District Council (no hike)
    West Suffolk Council (TBC)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Surrey County Council (4.99%)

    Elmbridge Borough Council (2.16%)
    )Epsom and Ewell Borough Council (2.38%)
    Guildford Borough Council (2.75%)
    Mole Valley District Council (2.60%)
    Reigate & Banstead Borough Council (2.11%)
    Runnymede Borough Council (2.99%)
    Spelthorne Borough Council (2.40%)
    Surrey Heath Borough Council (2.20%)
    Tandridge District Council (2.20%)
    Waverley Borough Council (2.60%)
    Woking Borough Council (2.00%)

     

     

     

     

    Warwickshire County Council (3.75%)

    North Warwickshire Borough Council (2.27%)
    Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council (1.99%)
    Rugby Borough Council (3.20%)
    Stratford-on-Avon District Council (3.40%)
    Warwick District Council (no hike)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    West Sussex County Council (2.99%)

    Adur Council (1.99%)
    Arun District Council (TBC)
    Chichester District Council (2.99%)
    Crawley Borough Council (2.31%)
    Horsham District Council (2.90%)
    Mid Sussex District Council (2.80%)
    Worthing Council (2.00%)

     

     

     

     

     

    Worcestershire County Council (3.94%)

    Bromsgrove District Council (2.12%)
    Malvern Hills District Council (2.99%)
    Redditch Borough Council (1.99%)
    Worcester City Council (2.52%)
    Wychavon District Council (no hike)
    Wyre Forest District Council (2.23%)

    Based on properties in Band D. Figures include any increase to adult social care.

  • Single-tier authorities

    Single-Tier Authority (Tax hike 2022/23)
    Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (3.50%)
    Bath and North East Somerset Council (2.99%)
    Bedford Borough Council (3.74%)
    Birmingham City Council (2.99%)
    Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (3.99%)
    Blackpool Borough Council (2.99%)
    Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council (3.12%)
    Bournemouth (BCP) Council (4.00%)
    Bracknell Forest Council (4.49%)
    Bradford Metropolitan District Council (2.99%)
    Brighton and Hove City Council (2.99%)
    Bristol City Council (2.99%)
    Buckinghamshire Council (3.99%)
    Bury Metropolitan Borough Council (2.94%)
    Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council (2.99%)
    Central Bedfordshire Council (1.95%)
    Cheshire East Council (2.99%)
    Cheshire West and Chester Council (2.99%)
    Christchurch (BCP) Council (4.00%)
    City of London (1.00%)
    City of York Council (2.99%)
    Cornwall Council (2.99%)
    Coventry City Council (2.99%)
    Darlington Borough Council (2.99%)
    Derby City Council (1.99%)
    Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council (4.49%)
    Dorset Council (2.99%)
    Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council (2.99%)
    Durham County Council (3.00%)
    East Riding of Yorkshire Council (3.99%)
    Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council (2.99%)
    Halton Borough Council (2.99%)
    Hartlepool Borough Council (4.90%)
    Herefordshire Council (2.99%)
    Isle of Wight Council (2.99%)
    Isles of Scilly (TBC)
    Kingston-upon-Hull City Council (2.99%)
    Kirklees Council (2.99%)
    Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (2.99%)
    Leeds City Council (2.99%)
    Leicester City Council (3.00%)
    Liverpool City Council (2.99%)
    London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (2.99%)
    London Borough of Barnet (1.00%)
    London Borough of Bexley (2.99%)
    London Borough of Brent (2.99%)
    London Borough of Bromley (1.00%)
    London Borough of Camden (2.99%)
    London Borough of Croydon (2.99%)
    London Borough of Ealing (2.99%)
    London Borough of Enfield (1.00%)
    London Borough of Hackney (2.99%)
    London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham (no hike)
    London Borough of Haringey (2.99%)
    London Borough of Harrow (2.99%)
    London Borough of Havering (2.99%)
    London Borough of Hillingdon (1.90%)
    London Borough of Hounslow (2.99%)
    London Borough of Islington (2.99%)
    London Borough of Lambeth (2.99%)
    London Borough of Lewisham (2.99%)
    London Borough of Merton (2.99%)
    London Borough of Newham (2.99%)
    London Borough of Redbridge (2.99%)
    London Borough of Richmond upon Thames (1.94%)
    London Borough of Southwark (2.99%)
    London Borough of Sutton (2.99%)
    London Borough of Tower Hamlets (1.00%)
    London Borough of Waltham Forest (2.99%)
    London Borough of Wandsworth (no hike)
    Luton Borough Council (2.99%)
    Manchester City Council (2.99%)
    Medway Council (2.99%)
    Middlesbrough Borough Council (2.99%)
    Milton Keynes (3.75%)
    Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council (2.95%)
    North East Lincolnshire Council (2.99%)
    North Lincolnshire Council (2.89%)
    North Northamptonshire Council (2.99%)
    North Somerset Council (2.99%)
    North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council (2.99%)
    Northumberland Council (4.24%)
    Nottingham City Council (2.99%)
    Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council (3.99%)
    Peterborough City Council (2.99%)
    Plymouth City Council (1.00%)
    Poole (BCP) Council (4.00%)
    Portsmouth City Council (2.99%)
    Reading Borough Council (2.99%)
    Redcar and Cleveland Council (2.00%)
    Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council (2.99%)
    Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (4.50%)
    Royal Borough of Greenwich (2.99%)
    Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (1.99%)
    Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames (1.99%)
    Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (2.99%)
    Rutland County Council (2.99%)
    Salford City Council (3.99%)
    Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council (3.99%)
    Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council (2.99%)
    Sheffield City Council (2.99%)
    Shropshire Council (3.99%)
    Slough Borough Council (2.99%)
    Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (3.89%)
    South Gloucestershire Council (2.99%)
    South Tyneside Council (2.95%)
    Southampton City Council (no hike)
    Southend-on-Sea Borough Council (3.99%)
    St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council (2.99%)
    Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council (3.50%)
    Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council (2.90%)
    Stoke-on-Trent City Council (2.99%)
    Sunderland City Council (2.99%)
    Swindon Borough Council (2.99%)
    Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council (2.99%)
    Telford & Wrekin Council (1.00%)
    Thurrock Council (3.17%)
    Torbay Council (2.99%)
    Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council (2.99%)
    Wakefield Metropolitan District Council (3.99%)
    Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council (2.99%)
    Warrington Borough Council (2.98%)
    West Berkshire Council (4.00%)
    West Northamptonshire Council (2.99%)
    Westminster City Council (1.00%)
    Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council (2.99%)
    Wiltshire Council (2.99%)
    Wirral Council (2.99%)
    Wokingham Borough Council (2.99%)
    Wolverhampton City Council (2.99%)

    Based on properties in Band D. Figures include any increase to adult social care.

How much council tax bills in Scotland will rise 

The table does not include any smaller associated charges from the likes of parish and/or town councils. To work our your total percentage increase you'll need to visit your council's website or wait for your annual statement to arrive. 

  • Scottish Council Tax Hikes

    Council (Tax hike 2022/23)
    Aberdeen City Council (3.00%)
    Aberdeenshire Council (3.00%)
    Angus Council (2.95%)
    Argyll and Bute Council (3.00%)
    City of Edinburgh Council (3.00%)
    Clackmannanshire Council (3.00%)
    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (3.00%)
    Dumfries and Galloway Council (3.00%)
    Dundee City Council (2.90%)
    East Ayrshire Council (3.00%)
    East Dunbartonshire Council (3.00%)
    East Lothian Council (3.00%)
    East Renfrewshire Council (3.50%)
    Falkirk Council (4.00%)
    Fife Council (3.00%)
    Glasgow City Council (3.00%)
    Inverclyde Council (1.95%)
    Midlothian Council (2.38%)
    North Ayrshire Council (3.00%)
    North Lanarkshire Council (3.00%)
    Orkney Islands Council (3.00%)
    Perth and Kinross Council (2.50%)
    Renfrewshire Council (3.00%)
    Scottish Borders Council (3.00%)
    Shetland Islands Council (no hike)
    South Ayrshire Council (2.90%)
    South Lanarkshire Council (2.50%)
    Stirling Council (3.00%)
    The Highland Council (3.00%)
    The Moray Council (3.00%)
    West Dunbartonshire Council (3.00%)
    West Lothian Council (3.00%)

    Based on properties in Band D. Figures include any increase to adult social care.

How council tax bills in Wales will rise

The table does not include any smaller associated charges from the likes of parish and/or town councils. To work our your total percentage increase you'll need to visit your council's website or wait for your annual statement to arrive. 

  • Welsh Council Tax Hikes

    Council (Tax hike 2022/23)
    Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council (no hike)
    Bridgend County Borough Council (no hike)
    Caerphilly County Borough Council (2.50%)
    Carmarthenshire County Council (2.50%)
    Ceredigion County Council (2.50%)
    City and County of Swansea (0.95%)
    City of Cardiff Council (1.90%)
    Conwy County Borough Council (3.95%)
    Denbighshire County Council (2.95%)
    Flintshire County Council (3.95%)
    Gwynedd County Council (2.95%)
    Isle of Anglesey County Council (2.00%)
    Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (1.00%)
    Monmouthshire County Council (3.95%)
    Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council (no hike)
    Newport City Council (2.40%)
    Pembrokeshire County Council (5.00%)
    Powys County Council (3.39%)
    Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council (1.00%)
    Torfaen County Borough Council (1.95%)
    Vale of Glamorgan Council (2.90%)
    Wrexham County Borough Council (4.00%)

    Based on properties in Band D. Figures include any increase to adult social care.

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