Council tax

Understanding council tax charges

Council tax charges are determined by our expected expenditure and our required savings for the current financial year (2021/22), through the council budget.

Our gross expenditure for the current financial year is £433.334 million (an increase from £412.985 million in 2020/21), it's broken down as follows:

Areas of expenditure (excluding Benefits and Schools) Pence in the pound
Adult Care 42p
Children, Young people and Education 21p
Culture and Leisure 4p
Environment, Waste andRegulatory Services 11p
Housing and Homelessness 3p
Transport, Highways andPlanning 7p
Supporting CapitalInvestment 12p

This year we’ll need to make savings of over £7 million.

We’ve agreed a council budget which focuses on adult social care, support for children and young people, additional resources to protect frontline services, and to accelerate the city’s economic recovery.

This year we'll create a £3.5 million Covid Recovery Fund to continue to fund vital services for local residents and businesses.

Annual council tax changes

In total the amount collected through council tax will rise this year by 4.99%. 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 3%
  • there will be a 1.99% increase in basic council tax

The amount raised though council tax charges this year will be £98.051 million (an increase from £93.808 million in 2020/21).

We’re raising an additional £806,692 from charges in Parish Council areas (an increase from £799,162 in 2020/21).

The Adult Social Care Precept will be spent exclusively on adult social care (an increase from 2% in 2020/21). York continues to face increased pressures including the costs of adult social care.

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 seventh lowest band D council tax for unitary authorities.

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 or exemptions.

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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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