A guide to your Council Tax

This webpage contains information about your Council Tax and answers frequently asked questions.

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PDFLeader of the Council’s budget statement 2017-18 [PDF 177KB]

PDFYour Council Tax Bill 2017-18 explanatory notes [PDF 95KB]

 

Valuation bands, parish charges and banding appeals.

Valuation bands

The amount of Council Tax you have to pay depends on the valuation band into which your property has been allocated. Except for those areas, which have Parish Council precepts (where additional amounts will be charged) each property in the same valuation band will be charged the same amount of Council Tax. The amount payable by individual taxpayers will however differ due to rebates, discounts and other reductions, which might apply.

The various proportions of all the Council Tax Property Valuation Bands are shown in the following Table as is the amount of Council Tax, which will be charged for 2017-2018.

Band Range of Property Values Council Tax 2017-2018
A Up to and including £40,000 £1,050.59
B £40,001 - £52,000 £1,225.71
C £52,001 - £68,000 £1,400.79
D £68,001 - £88,000 £1,575.89
E £88,001 - £120,000 £1,926.07
F £120,001 - £160,000 £2,276.29
G £160,001 - £320,000 £2,626.48
H Exceeding £320,000 £3,151.78

Parish Charges

The annual budget for 2017-2018 is shown in the Table below. If you live in one of the following Parish / Town Council areas you will have to pay extra. The amount of the extra charge applicable to your band will be shown on your bill. These areas are covered by:

Parish-Town Council Budget for 2017-2018
Blackshaw Parish Council £6,100
Erringden Parish Council £1,650
Hebden Royd Town Council £254,671
Heptonstall Parish Council £16,700
Ripponden Parish Council £41,013
Todmorden Parish Council £164,125
Wadsworth Parish Council £12,479

Banding Appeals

Any appeal should be made in writing to:-

  • Username Valuation Office Agency
  • Email ctnorth@voa.gsi.gov.uk
  • Telephone 03000 501501
  • Address
    Manchester One
    53 Portland Street
    Manchester
    M1 3LD

Who is responsible for payment of Council Tax?

Normally the person living in the property will pay the Council Tax, providing it is their sole or main residence and they are 18 years of age or over.

If more than one person lives in the property, then it is the person who comes first on the following list:

  • Freehold owner who lives in the property
  • Leaseholder who lives in the property
  • Statutory - secure tenant who lives in the property
  • Licensee
  • Any other person who lives in the property
  • Owner who does not live in the property.

Where the money goes and services covered by your Council Tax

Where the money goes

Service area 2017-2018
£ m
Chief Executive's Office 20.6
Adults, Health and Social Care 73.9
Children and Young People 145.9
Economy and Environment 41.7
Communities and Service Support 30.9
Housing Benefits 65.0
Levies and other services 20.8
Total 398.8
Budget 2016-2017
£ m
2017-2018
£ m
Difference
£ m

Gross Expenditure

406.4 398.8 -7.6

Fees and Charges

-33.6 -33-4 0.2

Grants and Contributions

-125.5 -118.6 6.9

Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG)

-99.7 -102.5 -2.8

RSG/Top Up

-34.9 -30.4 4.5

Local Retained Rates

-29.6 -25.6 4.0

Contribution from Balances

-1.2 -3.0 -1.8

Contribution from Earmarked Reserves

-4.9 -3.6 1.3

Total Gross Income

-329.4 -317.1 12.3

Adult Social Care Precept

1.5 3.8 2.3

Basic Council Tax Requirement

75.5 77.9 2.4

Council Tax Requirement

77.0 81.7 4.7

Services covered by your Council Tax

Council Tax money also covers services not supplied by the council such as the West Yorkshire Transport Services, Fire and Rescue Services and Crime and Police Services.

PDFWest Yorkshire Combined Authority [PDF 105KB]

PDFWest Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service [PDF 190KB]

Police and Crime Commissioner - Council Tax

How the Council Tax requirements are calculated

Requirements 2016-2017
Total
£ m
2017-2018
Total
£ m
2016-2017
Per Resident
£ p
2017-2018
Per Resident
£ p
Calderdale Aggregate Expenditure 406.4 398.8 1,959.73 1,913.61
Parish Council Precepts 0.5 0.5 2.41 2.40
Calderdale Aggregate Income -329.4 -317.1 -1,588.42 -1,521.58
Total CMBC and Parishes Council Tax Income 77.5 82.2 373.72 394.43
WY Fire and Rescue Authority Precept 3.5 3.6 16.88 17.27
WY Police Authority Precept 8.6 9.0 41.47 43.19
Council Tax (inc. Parish receipts) 89.6 94.8 432.07 454.89
Calderdale Population . . 207,376 208,402

Adult Social Care Precept

An adult social care authority like Calderdale is able to charge a further “precept” on its Council Tax from the financial year beginning in 2016, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care.  The increase in the level of this precept is subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons but currently the Secretary of State is offering the option of adding a 3% increase on to Council Tax bills in both 2017/18 and 2018/19 with an overall rise no greater than 6% allowable in total over the 3 year period from 2017/18 to 2019/20. The money raised will only be used for adult social care (looking after elderly residents and other vulnerable adults).

More information can be found in ‘Your Council Tax Bill 2017-2018 explanatory notes’.

Can I choose not to pay the Social Care Precept of Council Tax as it doesn’t relate to me?

No, you have to pay the total amount. The Social Care Precept is just one element of Council Tax that makes up your final bill. Council Tax is similar to Income Tax in that it is not a direct payment for services received.  Each householder contributes towards the overall cost of services provided in their locality. 

Will I have to pay the Social Care precept every year?

Yes.  As Calderdale’s and the wider country’s population is ageing there will be on-going (and increasing) demand on social care services as people become more frail and vulnerable, depending on social care to enable them to live fulfilling and independent lives.  The Social Care Precept will be used to cover some but not all of the extra costs associated with this. 

Discount and exemptions

Reduced or exempt Council Tax bills are available for:

  • carers;
  • single occupiers;
  • students;
  • individuals with disabilities or severe mental health issues.

This is not an full list of those that may be able to get help. For more information and the full details, see: Council Tax discounts and exemptions .

Discounts and exemptions are granted based on existing Council Tax records. They will be shown of the front of your bill. If your property has not been treated as exempt, but you think it should be, let us know. See: Contact Council Tax Section .

Note: If a discount or exemption is in place, but should not be, you must tell us as soon as possible. If you do not tell us, a penalty of at least £70 may be charged.

 

Empty Homes Premium

Calderdale Council is committed to enabling the provision of housing by encouraging owners to bring empty properties back into use.

Councillors used powers in the 2012 Local Government Finance Act to introduce an Empty Homes Premium of 50% on 1st April 2014. This is for properties that have been empty for two years or more. Unless a discount or exemption applies, there will be a 150% Council Tax charge for such properties.

Calderdale Council also agreed that as an incentive for new owners that if within 1 year of buying a property that is or becomes subject to empty homes premium, the property is brought back into use, the owner will qualify for a refund of any empty homes premium paid during that time.

For more information, or to make a claim for this incentive, contact the Empty Property team by email at: under1roof@calderdale.gov.uk .

For more information, see: Empty homes and area improvements .

 

Changes to Council Tax Discounts

On 1st April 2014, the following changes to Council Tax Discounts and Empty Property Premium came in:

  • A temporary 30 day exemption from Council Tax, if a property becomes empty and is unfurnished. If a person, who has been previously liable for the Council Tax at the property, has already claimed all or part of the 30 day exemption, then there may be none or a partial entitlement to any remaining balance of the 30 day period.
  • Empty Homes Premium: Calderdale Council is committed to enabling the provision of housing by encouraging owners to bring empty properties back into use. Councillors decided to use the powers in the 2012 Local Government Finance Act to introduce an Empty Homes Premium of 50%. Properties empty more than 2 years will have a Council Tax charge of 100%, plus an additional Empty Homes Premium of 50%. For more information, see: Empty homes ;
  • Buyers of long-term empty homes will be able to apply for a repayment of the empty homes premium they have paid between the purchase date and the date it becomes occupied, if this happens within a year. If you own a property which has been empty more than 2 years and want help to bring it back into use, contact the Empty Property team by email: under1roof@calderdale.gov.uk .
  • A temporary exemption for 6 months from Council tax for victims of flood and fire. This will apply if the property is classed as being uninhabitable and reasonable efforts are made to promptly bring it back into use.

 

Appeals

If you think you are not liable for Council Tax (e.g. you are not the resident or owner, or your property qualifies for exemption), or a mistake appears to have been made in calculating your bill, you should let us know as soon as possible.

You can provide the information by emailing: council.tax@calderdale.gov.uk .

Please note: You do not need to formally appeal if you feel you are entitled to a discount, or other reduction on your Council Tax if you have not claimed for it. See: discounts and exemptions , or how to tell us about changes of ownership or occupancy, see: Contact Council Tax Section .

If you wish to claim a Council Tax reduction , please see: Benefits .

If you contact us to dispute a Council Tax charge and an agreement cannot be reached, you will be advise on how to appeal.

Important note: Making an appeal (or awaiting the outcome of a claim for a discount or reduction) does not allow you to withhold Council Tax payment. If your appeal is successful, you will be credited with the amount of any overpaid Council Tax.

 

Council Tax Reduction

Information is available about the Local welfare assistance scheme, which is designed to help households on a low incomes.

Also, check Council Tax discounts and exemptions to see if you qualify for a reduction on your Council Tax.

 

What happens if I don’t pay?

Help and support is available ... you just need to take the step in asking for it.

What happens if I don't pay? If you are struggling to pay your bill, please get in touch with us. Do not wait for a reminder.

 

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