We collect Council Tax to pay for local services.
Your Council Tax bill is made up of five elements, which are split between:
We issue one bill for each home, no matter what type of property it is, or whether it is owned or rented.
You can look at GOV.UK to find out who is responsible for paying Council Tax.
Your bill is based on your Council Tax band. The Valuation Office Agency allocate Council Tax bands.
Council Tax has increased by 2.49% on average across all Chelmsford residents. That is £4.95 for a property in Band D (less than 10p per week).
Some areas will see a larger increase while other areas will see a smaller increase, or a decrease.
We share out costs known as 'special expenses' across the city. This depends on whether parish councils provide the same services that we do.
If a parish council provides the same services that we do, that part of the city is not charged for those items. This means that residents aren't taxed at both parish and city level for the same service.
The pattern of increases and decreases is due to changes in the way we calculate special expenses. This followed a recent review aimed at making sure calculations remain relevant and up to date, so we share out Council Tax fairly.
The amount we charge each resident will depend on:
- the services and functions provided by the parish council in your area (if there is one), and
- the services and functions we perform for residents
You can find out more about special expenses.
Statement regarding Adult Social Care precept
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 its 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 It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20.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 the approval of the House of Commons.
Adult Social Care increase
On your Council Tax bill, the increase in the charge (or precept) for Adult Social Care is shown as 1.5%.
This 1.5% is the increase in the charge for Adult Social Care as a proportion of Essex County Council's total charge for 2020/2021.
The increase between this year's and last year's Adult Social Care charge is 17.05%.
This means that for a band D property, the increase is £19.80, as last year's amount was £116.19 and this year's is £135.99.
Increases for each band
- Adult Social Care charge for 2020/21: £77.46
- Adult Social Care charge for 2021/22: £90.66
- Increase: £13.20
- Adult Social Care charge for 2020/21: £90.37
- Adult Social Care charge for 2021/22: £105.77
- Increase: £15.40
- Adult Social Care charge for 2020/21: £103.28
- Adult Social Care charge for 2021/22: £120.88
- Increase: £17.60
- Adult Social Care charge for 2020/21: £116.19
- Adult Social Care charge for 2021/22: £135.99
- Increase: £19.80
- Adult Social Care charge for 2020/21: £142.01
- Adult Social Care charge for 2021/22: £166.21
- Increase: £24.20
- Adult Social Care charge for 2020/21: £167.83
- Adult Social Care charge for 2021/22: £196.43
- Increase: £28.60
- Adult Social Care charge for 2020/21: £193.65
- Adult Social Care charge for 2021/22: £226.65
- Increase: £33.00
- Adult Social Care charge for 2020/21: £232.38
- Adult Social Care charge for 2021/22: £271.98
- Increase: £39.60