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Council Tax bands

Council Tax bands

Find your Council Tax band

 

Find your Council Tax property band by entering your postcode into the   Council Tax band search on the Valuation Office Agency website. If your enquiry is about the Council Tax band given to your property, contact the Valuation Office Agency.

How much Council Tax will I have to pay?

Percentage change in your Council Tax bills

For Adult Social Care Authorities, Council Tax demand notices show 2 percentage changes - 1 for the part of the overall change attributable to the adult social care precept and 1 for the part attributable to general expenditure. This is in addition to the percentage changes for the other local precepts listed on the front of the bill.

The Council Tax element for Wokingham Borough is an increase of 1.99 percent for year 2021 to 2022. When rounded to 1 decimal point this appears at 2.0 percent on your Council Tax bill.

Council Tax bands and ratios

The charges for the different Council Tax bands have fixed ratios to each other, expressed as fractions of the charge for band D. The ratios are fixed and the same for every local authority in the country.

  • Band A = 6/9
  • Band B = 7/9
  • Band C = 8/9
  • Band D = 9/9   
  • Band E = 11/9   
  • Band F = 13/9
  • Band G = 15/9   
  • Band H = 18/9   
         

How the Wokingham Borough element increase is calculated 

Based on an average band D property you take the 2021 to 2022 Wokingham Borough Council excluding Adult Social Care (ASC) precept amount minus last year’s 2020 to 2021 Wokingham Borough Council excluding ASC precept amount. Then divide this figure by last year’s Wokingham Borough Council total figure 2020 to 2021 (Wokingham Borough Council including Adult Social Care (ASC) precept amount) x 100 percent to get the percentage increase.

  • £1,439.24 - £1,408.53 = £30.71
  • £30.71 / £1,543.14 x 100 percent = 1.99 percent
         

Depending on what banding your property is in you apply the banding ratio mentioned above based on Band D charge.

  • Example band A charge for 2021 to 2022
  • Take band D charge £1,439.24 / 9 x 6 = £959.49
   

Council Tax leaflet 2021 to 2022

Every year we produce a Council Tax leaflet, which has information about how much you will pay and how we spend the money we get.

Find out how we use this money to deliver local services by reading our  Council Tax Leaflet 2021 to 2022 (PDF document.)

Data protection

We collect information for Council Tax purposes, but it may be used for any of the Council’s purposes. We may check information you provide, or a third party provides about you, with other information we hold. We may give information to third parties to check the accuracy or to prevent or detect crime, or to protect public funds in other ways as permitted by law. We will not disclose information about you to anyone outside the Council unless the law permits us to. If you would like more information about how we use your data, read our privacy notices.

Adult Social Care precept (extra tax)

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government 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 for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. This was subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State offered the option of charging this 'precept' at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019 to 2020.

This option has also been offered for financial year 2020 to 2021 giving councils with adult social care responsibilities the ability to increase their council tax by a further 2 percent, on top of the core principle, to be spent exclusively on Adult Social Care.

Adult social care precept 2021 to 2022

The Local Government Settlement for 2021 to 2022 has given powers for local authorities with adult social care responsibilities to raise Council Tax above the referendum limit by up to 3 percent.

How the Adult Social Care precept increase is calculated 

It is important to note that the Adult Social Care (ASC) precept 3 percent increase is based on the Council Tax base (which includes both Wokingham Borough Council and ASC amounts) from last year and not just a comparison against the previous year Adult Social Care (ASC) precept amount. In addition to this as it is an accumulated amount you have to add on the ASC amount from last year into the total.

Based on an average band D property you take the 2021 to 2022 Wokingham Borough Council including Adult Social Care (ASC) precept amount minus last year’s 2020 to 2021. Then divide this figure by last year’s 2020 to 2021 Wokingham Borough Council including ASC precept amount x 100 percent to get the percentage increase.

  • £1,543.14 / 100 x 3 = £46.29
  • £46.29 + £134.61 (last year’s Adult Social Care amount) = £180.90
              

Depending on what banding your property is in you apply the banding ratio mentioned above based on Band D charge.

  • Example: band A Adult Social Care (ASC) charge for 2021 to 2022 is £120.60This is calculated using band D ASC charge £180.90 / 9 x 6 = £120.60
       

Parish precepts (extra taxes) and leaflets

Parish precepts are additional taxes charged on each property to fund the town or parish council. The precepts are used to fund activities that benefit your community. Read the documents below for a list of parish precepts.

   

Useful websites

For more information about Council Tax and Parish Councils, Police and Crime Commissioner Thames Valley or the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, visit the websites below:

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