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What is Council Tax?

Council Tax is a local tax set by your local councils.

It helps to pay for local services such as schools, libraries, refuse collection and sports centres which are provided by Worcester City Council, Worcestershire County Council, West Mercia Police and Hereford & Worcester Fire Authority.

If you live in the parish of Warndon or St Peters you will also pay a small amount for parish council services.

You pay your Council Tax to the City Council and we send the county, police or parish the amounts they have asked for.

You can find out more about what your Council Tax pays for in our Council Tax leaflet and by using the links below.

The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly).

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to approval of the House of Commons.

Energy Bills Rebate 2022

The Government is providing a £150 one-off Energy Bills Rebate for most households in council tax bands A-D.

Find out more details about the Energy Bills Rebate.

The Government has published a tax-rebate factsheet addressing some of the most common queries about the Council Tax Energy rebate.

When will I get the £150 rebate?

Under government guidance we can't make any payments until after Friday 1 April 2022.

People who are eligible and pay their council tax by Direct Debit should have this paid directly into their bank account automatically. We expect to make these payments towards the end of April or during May 2022.

If you don’t already pay by Direct Debit, you can sign up to pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit online – this means we will then have your details ready for when we start making payments.

Sign up to pay by Direct Debit.

We are waiting for guidance on how to pay the £150 to residents who do not pay their council tax by Direct Debit or have no Council Tax to pay. If you qualify, we will be making arrangements to get this paid as soon as we can. You do not need to contact us about this payment, we will be in touch with you.

Energy Rebate Discretionary fund

The government will provide funding for councils to operate a discretionary fund for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible for a Council Tax Rebate. This could include, for example, individuals on low incomes who live in properties valued in bands E to H. The council’s discretionary policy is being developed and we will publish this alongside details of how to apply once the details have been confirmed.

Further updates will appear as soon as we have clearer timescales.

Does this mean I don’t have to pay my Council Tax bill?

No, you must continue to pay your Council Tax bill on the dates shown. If you are struggling to pay, please visit our What if I can't pay? page.

Properties that are eligible

Guidance from the government confirms that a one-off payment will be paid to every household that occupies a property and meets the following criteria on 1 April 2022:

  • the property is in council tax bands A-D, or
  • the property is a band E property that has a disabled persons reduction applied effectively reducing the band to a band D
  • the property is someone’s sole or main residence
  • it is a property that is exempt from council tax under the following classes:
    • class N - occupied solely by full-time students
    • class S- occupied by people under the age of 18
    • class U - occupied by someone who is severely mentally impaired
    • class W - an occupied annexe
  • that the person(s) who is liable to pay the council tax (or would be if the property wasn't exempt) is not a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the government or governmental body

Households that don't pay council tax as a result of council tax support will still be eligible for the payment.

Properties that are not eligible

Unoccupied properties that are unfurnished will not be eligible. 

Unoccupied properties that are furnished, have no permanent residents and are a second home will not be eligible.

Previous years' Council Tax leaflets