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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

The Local Government Finance Settlement set the core council tax increase referendum limit as up to 3% for 2018/19. Local authorities are limited to a total rise of 6% for the Adult Social Care Precept over the three years 2017/18 to 2019/20. Local authorities may opt for combinations such as 3%, 3%, 0% or 2%, 2%, 2%. The Government will require local authorities opting to do this to provide assurance that this funding will be used for adult social care services.

In relation to the financial year beginning in 2018 the Secretary of State has determined (and the House of Commons has approved) a referendum principle of 6% (comprising 3% for expenditure on adult social care and 3% for other expenditure), for adult social care authorities. These authorities may therefore set council tax up to this percentage in 2018 without holding a referendum.

Surrey County Council has opted for an increase in the core council tax of 2.99% and a second year increase of 3% for the ASC precept in 2018/19. This is within the Government's referendum limits


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