Council tax annual billing
Frequently asked questions
The 2016-17 Council Tax bills have recently been issued. To help with your enquiry, please view the frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) regarding Council Tax below. If you cannot find the answer to your query please contact the Council Tax team.
Check your Council Tax Account and Bill online - Citizen's Account service
I pay by Direct Debit, do I need to do anything?
No. Your Direct Debit details will automatically carry over to your new bill and we will collect your new instalments on the dates shown on your annual bill.
How do I set up a Direct Debit to pay my Council Tax?
The easiest way is to set up a Direct Debit online (opens new window)
Alternatively you can contact the Council Tax team with your Bank Account details and we can set up the Direct Debit, or download a Council Tax Direct Debit form (PDF, 137KB) to sign and post back to us.
I get paid at the middle/end of the month, can I pay then?
Unless you pay by Direct Debit, where you get the choice of 1st, 5th, 10th,15th, 22nd or 27th of each month, then payment must been made by the 1st of each month. You should use your March income to pay the April instalment in good time for 1st April due date. This means your payment will not be late for April.
My circumstances have changed, does my bill need updating?
Yes, if you need to claim an exemption or discount you can do this by using our online Council Tax Exemption claim form or online Council Tax Discount claim form. Alternatively you can contact the Council Tax team.
My circumstances have changed but the bill shows my old information
Please be aware that the Council Tax bills were produced from information we had on the 24th February 2016. If information was not processed prior to this date or has been received since then, then the bill will show the original information, however a revised bill will be issued as soon as possible.
How can I get help with my Council Tax bill?
You may be entitled to Council Tax Support. Please visit the Benefit Section for more information.
I live alone and want to claim the reduction for a Single Occupant?
If you are the only person aged over 18 years old resident in a property you may qualify for a 25% reduction on your Council Tax bill. You can apply for the discount on line by completing our online Council Tax Discount claim form.
What services does my money pay for and can I get a reduction if I do not use them?
The Council Tax helps pay for services such as schools, community centres, street lighting, youth and sports centres, libraries and swimming pools. Your Council Tax also pays towards police, fire, public transport and collection and disposal of waste. There are no reductions for people who do not use them.
What is the charge for the Parish/Town?
Your Parish/Town Council can add a charge to your Council Tax bill to pay for tasks they undertake in your Parish/Town. This includes maintaining playing fields and open spaces, providing footway lighting and looking after cemeteries and graveyards.
How is Council Tax set?
Local Authorities (including local parishes) and major precepting authorities (Cheshire Police and Fire service) are responsible for setting Council Tax levels in consideration of their budget requirement for the year.
The Council decides the total amount of Council Tax needed and legislation dictates how that amount is divided proportionately between individual properties, which are placed in one of eight bands from A to H, depending on their value as at 1st April 1991.
How much Council Tax will I have to pay for 2016-17?
In order to determine how much you will pay, you will need to know the valuation band of your property (which can be found on the Valuation Office website and the Parish area of Cheshire East your property is in.
Council Tax Bands and Payments:
Council Tax Bands and Payments
|Band||Property Value |
|Total Council Tax Payable -|
Excluding Parish Charges 2016-17
||£40,000 or less
||£40,001 to £52,000
||£52,001 to £68,000
||£68,001 to £88,000
||£88,001 to £120,000
||£120,001 to £160,000
||£160,001 to £320,000
||£320,001 and over