Council Tax

Council Tax helps pay for local services, and applies to all domestic properties whether owned or rented. How much you pay depends on the valuation band of your property and the responsibility to pay Council Tax usually lies with the occupier.

Each organisation that provides services in your area sets their own proportion of the Council Tax bill you receive. These are:

  • Kent County Council
  • your district council
  • your parish council (if you have one)
  • Kent Police
  • Kent Fire and Rescue Service

Read a full guide to Council Tax on GOV.UK.

You pay Council Tax directly to your district council and will receive your bill from them.

Pay your Council Tax

On 9 February 2017 we approved a 3.99% Council Tax increase to help balance the 2017/18 budget. This equates to approximately £0.87 extra per week for a band D household.

The 3.99% is made up of two parts:

  • 1.99% general increase, which is below the 2% threshold which would require us to hold a referendum
  • a further 2% for the 'adult social care precept'. This is the additional money councils raise from Council Tax in order to help pay for adult social care services. This amount can only be used as part of a council’s adult social care budget.

These amounts show how much of the Council Tax you pay we receive:

Description  Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
This was Kent County Council’s share of Council Tax
in 2015/16.
2015/16 Council Tax total £726.66 £847.77 £968.88 £1,089.99 £1,332.21 £1,574.43 £1,816.65 £2,179.98
This is the increase in Kent County Council’s share of Council Tax for 2016/17. It is less than the referendum limit. 2016/17 Council Tax increase £14.52 £16.94 £19.36 £21.78 £26.62 £31.46 £36.30 £43.56
This is the additional increase for adult social
care funding (it is 2% of the 2015/16 total above).
2016/17 Adult social care funding increase £14.52 £16.94 £19.36 £21.78 £26.62 £31.46 £36.30 £43.56
This was Kent County Council’s share of Council Tax in 2016/17 (it is all the three numbers above it
added together).
2016/17 Council Tax total£755.70£881.65£1,007.60£1,133.55£1,385.45£1,637.35£1,889.25£2,267.10
This is the increase in Kent County Council’s share of Council Tax for 2017/18. It is less than the referendum limit. 2017/18 Council Tax increase £15.06 £17.57 £20.08 £22.59 £27.61 £32.63 £37.65 £45.18
This is the additional increase for adult
social care funding for 2017/18 (2% of the
2016/17 total above).
2017/18 Adult social care funding increase £15.12 £17.64 £20.16 £22.68 £27.72 £32.76 £37.80 £45.36
This is Kent County Council’s share of Council
Tax for the year 2017/18 (it is all the three numbers
above it added together).
2017/18 Council Tax total£785.88 £916.86 £1,047.84 £1,178.82 £1,440.78 £1,702.74 £1,964.70 £2,357.64

Understanding your bill

Typical Council Tax bill breakdown % difference Amount for band C
Kent County Council 1.99% £1,008.32 (The share of Council Tax that Kent County Council will receive in 2017/18. This amount does not include the 2% increase for adult social care funding from 2016/17.)
Kent County Council
(for Adult Social Care funding)
2.0% (Kent County Council’s share of Council Tax will increase by 3.99% in 2017/18, which is this amount and the amount above) £39.52 (This is the 2% increase for adult social care funding for 2017/18 added to the 2% increase for adult social care funding from 2016/17. The Government requires all local authorities to show the adult social care funding increase in this way on Council Tax bills.)
Kent Police and Crime Commissioner 3.3% £139.69
Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue 1.9% £65.20
District or Borough Council These amounts will vary depending on which district council you pay your council tax to.
Parish Council
Total

By Kent County Council

The table below shows a breakdown of how the Council Tax for a band C property is spent on our main council services:

Service Amount spent Percentage
Adults and older people's services £424.71 40.5%
Children's services £174.11 16.6%
Community services £18.14 1.7%
Highways £32.64 3.1%
Schools' services £3.87 0.4%
Transport services £74.07 7.1%
Waste management £79.18 7.6%
Other direct services to the public £23.31 2.2%
Financing items £134.40 12.8%
Management support and overheads £83.41 8.0%
Total £1,047.84

Our budget shows how we spend our funding for 2017/18.

By other Kent organisations

Find out how Council Tax is spent by:

We pay a levy to the Environment Agency Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee of £369,336 (compared to £351,211 in 2015/16).