Council Tax

For information about your Council Tax rebate you must contact your local borough or district council.

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.

Pay your Council Tax

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

Pay your Council Tax

On 10 February 2022, we approved a 2.99% Council Tax increase to help balance the 2022 to 2023 budget. This equates to approximately 82p extra per week for a band D household.

The 2.99% is made up of 2 parts:

  • 1.99% general increase, which is below the 2% threshold which would require us to hold a referendum
  • a further 0.99% 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.

This table shows how the increase affects each Council Tax band (please remember the figures in this table relate to the Kent County Council element of your Council Tax bill only):

BandTotal charge for 2021 to 22Increase less than the 2% referendum limitAdditional 1% Adult Social Care LevyTotal charge for 2022 to 2023
A£945.84£115.50£858.66£974.16
B£1,103.48£134.75£1,001.77£1,136.52
C£1,261.12£154.00£1,144.88£1,298.88
D£1,418.76£173.25£1,287.99£1,461.24
E£1,734.04£211.75£1,574.21£1,785.96
F£2,049.32£250.25£1,860.43£2,110.68
G£2,364.60£288.75£2,146.65£2,435.40
H£2,837.52£346.50£2,575.98£2,922.48

Understanding your bill

How each part of your Council Tax has changed from last year
Typical Council Tax bill breakdown% increase on 2021 to 2022 Council Tax billAmount for band D
Kent County Council1.998%£1,287.99 (The share of Council Tax that Kent County Council will receive in 2022 to 2023. This amount does not include the increase for adult social care funding since 2016-17)
Kent County Council (for Adult Social Care funding)0.996% (Kent County Council’s share of Council Tax will increase by 2.994% in 2022 to 2023, which is this amount and the amount above)£173.25 (This is the 1% increase for adult social care funding for 2022 to 2023 ** added to the increases for adult social care which were first introduced on 1 April 2016) 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 Commissioner4.58%£228.15
Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue1.89%£82.35
District or Borough CouncilThese amounts will vary depending on which district council you pay your council tax toThese amounts will vary depending on which district council you pay your council tax to
Parish councilThese amounts will vary depending on which district council you pay your council tax toThese amounts will vary depending on which district council you pay your council tax to

** This is a 0.996% increase on the total 2021 to 2022 Kent County Council charge. How this element of your Council Tax increase is calculated:

  • The total 2021 to 2022 charge was £1,418.76.
  • 0.996% of this total charge is £14.13.
  • The Adult Social Care charge for 2021 to 2022 was £159.12
  • The Adult Social Care charge for 2022 to 2023 is £173.25 (£159.12 + £14.13).

How your Council Tax is spent

How your Council Tax is spent by our main services
Service% Council TaxAmount for band D
Adults and older people40.42%£590.64
Children's social care13.91%£203.23
Borrowing costs10.94%£159.87
Management, support services and overheads7.99%£116.74
Waste services7.04%£102.90
Transport services6.59%£96.25
Highways3.41%£49.79
Children's other services3.06%£44.78
Costs of running our operational premises2.45%£35.73
Other direct services to the public
(incl Public Protection, Environment, Regeneration, Planning & Local Democracy)
2.17%£31.73
Community services1.40%£20.44
Schools' services0.63%£9.14
Total:100.00%£1,461.24

None of your Council Tax goes towards funding public health or schools and high needs education services as these services are fully funded by grants.

Find out how Council Tax is spent by:

On 11 February 2021, we approved a 4.99% Council Tax increase to help balance the 2021 to 2022 budget. This equates to approximately £1 extra per week for a band D household.

The 4.99% is made up of 2 parts:

  • 1.99% general increase, which is below the 2% threshold which would require us to hold a referendum
  • a further 2.99% 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.

This table shows how the increase affects each Council Tax band (please remember the figures in this table relate to the Kent County Council element of your Council Tax bill only):

BandTotal charge for 2020 to 21Increase less than the 2% referendum limitAdditional 3% Adult Social Care LevyTotal charge for 2021 to 2022
A£900.84£18.00£27.00£945.84
B£1,050.98£21.00£31.50£1,103.48
C£1,201.12£24.00£36.00£1,261.12
D£1,351.26£27.00£40.50£1,418.76
E£1,651.54£33.00£49.50£1,734.04
F£1,951.82£39.00£58.50£2,049.32
G£2,252.10£45.00£67.50£2,364.60
H£2,702.52£54.00£81.00£2,837.52

Understanding your bill

How each part of your Council Tax has changed from last year
Typical Council Tax bill breakdown% increase on 2020 to 2021 Council Tax billAmount for band D
Kent County Council1.998%£1,259.64 (The share of Council Tax that Kent County Council will receive in 2021 to 2022. This amount does not include the increase for adult social care funding since 2016-17)
Kent County Council (for Adult Social Care funding)2.997% (Kent County Council’s share of Council Tax will increase by 4.995% in 2021 to 2022, which is this amount and the amount above)£159.12 (This is the 3% increase for adult social care funding for 2021 to 2022 ** added to the increases for adult social care which were first introduced on 1 April 2016) 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 Commissioner7.38%£218.15
Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue1.93%£80.82
District or Borough CouncilThese amounts will vary depending on which district council you pay your council tax toThese amounts will vary depending on which district council you pay your council tax to
Parish councilThese amounts will vary depending on which district council you pay your council tax toThese amounts will vary depending on which district council you pay your council tax to

** This is a 2.997% increase on the total 2020 to 2021 Kent County Council charge. How this element of your Council Tax increase is calculated:

  • The total 2020 to 2021 charge was £1,351.26.
  • 2.997% of this total charge is £40.50.
  • The The Adult Social Care charge for 2020 to 2021 was £118.62
  • The Adult Social Care charge for 2020 to 2021 was £159.12 (£118.62 + £40.50).

How your Council Tax is spent

How your Council Tax is spent by our main services
Service% Council TaxAmount for band D
Adults and older people40.16%£569.77
Children's social care13.71%£194.54
Borrowing costs11.01%£156.15
Management, support services and overheads7.78%£110.33
Waste services7.16%£101.56
Transport services6.86%£97.27
Highways3.13%£44.45
Children's other services3.11%£44.09
Costs of running our operational premises2.37%£33.68
Other direct services to the public
(incl Public Protection, Environment, Regeneration, Planning & Local Democracy)
2.27%£32.23
Community services1.48%£20.97
Schools' services0.97%£13.72
Total:100.00%£1,418.76

None of your Council Tax goes towards funding public health or schools and high needs education services as these services are fully funded by grants.

Find out how Council Tax is spent by:

We pay a levy to the Environment Agency Southern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee of £442,054. (compared to £420,366 in 2019-20).