Council tax

Understanding council tax charges

Council tax charges are determined by our expected expenditure and our required savings for the current financial year (2020/21), through the council budget.

Our gross expenditure for the current financial year is £412.985m (an increase from £400.468m in 2019/20), it's broken down as follows:

A pie chart showing use of pence in the pound for gross general fund expenditure.

  Areas of expenditure (excluding Benefits and Schools) Pence in the pound
Yellow: Adult Care - 42 pence. Adult care 42 pence
Pink: Children, Young People and Education - 21 pence. Children, Young people and Education 21 pence
Orange: Culture and Leisure - 4 pence. Culture and Leisure 4 pence
Dark green: Environment, Waste and Regulatory Services - 11 pence. Environment, Waste and Regulatory Services 11 pence
Red: Housing and Homelessness - 3 pence. Housing and Homelessness 3 pence
Light green: Transport, Highways and Planning - 7 pence. Transport, Highways and Planning 7 pence
Blue: Supporting capital investment - 12 pence. Supporting capital investment 12 pence

This year we’ll need to make savings of over £4 million, which is equivalent to 3.2% of our net budget (£127.2 million).

We’ve agreed a council budget which focuses on investment in our communities, frontline services and adult social care.

This year we'll be:

  • investing over £1m being to create a new neighbourhood street service to further support our local communities
  • increasing spending in Adult Social Care by £4m

Annual council tax changes

In total the amount collected thorough council tax will rise this year by 3.99%. This will be made up of changes to the government Adult Social Care Precept, as well as the basic council tax rate:

  • the government Adult Social Care Precept will be set at 2%
  • there will be a 1.99% increase in basic council tax

The amount raised though council tax charges this year will be £93.808m (an increase from £90.066m in 2019/20).

We’re raising an additional £799,000 from charges in Parish Council areas (£752,000 in 2019/20).

The Adult Social Care Precept will be spent exclusively on adult social care (an increase from 1.5% in 2019/20). York continues to face increased pressures including the costs of adult social care. Last year, the net spending on these services was £49.9m, which was equivalent to 40% per cent of our net budget.

Police and fire precepts, which contribute towards the costs of emergency services in our area, will also have an impact on council tax. The level of the police and fire precept charge varies according to the charges in Parish Council areas

Your council tax payments

Although council tax is increasing, we continue to have one of lowest council tax levels among local authorities in England, with the fourth lowest band D council tax.

If you’re struggling with your council tax payments, you can spread the cost of your bill over 12 months rather than 10.

See further information about your council tax , or find out if you're eligible for any council tax discounts.

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Council Tax appointments

To get council tax advice in person at West Offices, you need to make an appointment.

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