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Council tax

Council tax is a local tax, set by councils to help pay for local services. It is based on the value of a property and applies to all domestic properties, including houses, bungalows, flats, maisonettes, mobile homes or houseboats, whether owned or rented.

A typical council tax bill for a Surrey household will consist of county council, borough/district, police and possibly parish elements. The borough and district councils are responsible for collecting the council tax on behalf of the county council, police and parishes.

Council tax payments and enquiries

Council tax bills in Surrey are paid to the district and borough council. Select your borough or district to go to information on payments. Information is also available on council tax benefits.

Council tax benefits

Council tax benefit was abolished and replaced by council tax localisation from April 2013. Each borough and district council is responsible for running its own local council tax scheme

Your local authority will be able to advise you about its local scheme.

People can still get additional non means-tested help with council tax discounts, exemptions and the disability reduction scheme.

Council tax and adult social care funding

Surrey County Council approved a council tax increase of 2.99% for the 2019/20 financial year. This is within the Government's referendum limits set out by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. The 2.99% increase is applied to the total council tax value for 2018/19, which for a Band D household was £1,411.29. Surrey County Council has not increased the Adult Social Care precept in 2019/20.

The county council precept for 2019/20 for a Band D household will rise by £42.21 to £1,453.50. Of this £102.39 relates to the Adult Social Care precept, which remains at the same level as last year.


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