WHAT IS A COUNCIL TAX
It is a tax paid to local authorities for the property you own or rent. The pay is used to partially fund local services such as policing, rubbish collection, fire services, park maintenance.
The cost is determined by the size of the property and by the number of people living in the property. All domestic properties are categorized into bands (A to H) by their local council depending on the value of the property. You will have to find the correct band for your property to determine how much you are required to pay.
it is YOUR LEGAL OBLIGATION to pay Council Tax.
▪️if you own or rent a property, it is YOU who is responsible for paying
◾️ if you’re renting a room in a house, the LANDLORD is most likely paying (check)
◾️ if you’re renting a (self-contained) flat, it is YOUR responsibility to make payments
Not paying your Council Tax
may result in prosecution and even a prison sentence.
HOW TO READ the COUNCIL TAX BILL
Your bill will include the following information:
✔️Your name and property address
◽️if you’re sharing a property with someone, make sure all names are listed so everyone is liable for payment
✔️Date of issue, example: 04-March-2018
✔️Your account number, example: 100325986789
✔️Valuation Band, example: B
✔️Individual charges including Adult Social Care charge
▫️this is an additional charge, indtroduced in 2016/17, for councils who provide social care to adults. It is a mandatory charge and it must be shown as a separate line on the bill.
✔️Total for (tax) year, example: £1185.54
✔️Method of payment, example: PAYMENTS MONTHLY
▫️ you will have to make 10 monthly payments, from April to January
▫️February and March are generally your “tax free” months
✔️First instalment, example: due on 01-Apr-2018 , 1x £114.54
✔️9 Other instalments, example: due on 01-May-2018 to 01-Jan-2019, 9x £119.00
✔️Back of the bill includes: Contact information, digital barcode, ways to pay etc.
▫️check the back of your bill for different ways you can pay the Council Tax, find the one most suitable to you. You can pay online, via direct debit, via telephone, using a digital code and your smartphone, at the post office, or by cash at any outlet displaying the PayPoint logo.
WHAT IS PAYPOINT
The PayPoint service was set up in 1996 and has now over 28,200 outlets across the UK.
You can use this service to pay bills, transfer money, top up your mobile, pay for parking, prepay energy, pay TV licence, even pick up online shopping.
HOW TO PAY A BILL USING PAYPOINT
You can pay most bills using your local PayPoint. Just look out for a logo, most newsagents and corner shops as well as gass stations provide this service. PayPoint is available 7 days a week.
1. Bring your bill
2. Bring your payment card or meter key
3. Say what and how much you want to pay
4. You will get a receipt, keep it safe
5. Your account will be credited the next working day
Find your nearest PayPoint here by entering your postcode.
HOW TO and WHERE TO PAY
Council tax can be paid IN FULL or IN INSTALLMENTS. There are various ways you can pay; online, via telephone, by post, by standing order etc. You can also visit your LOCAL COUNCIL and make a payment in person.
What is a local council
Local council acts as your local government. It is responsible for providing services and facilities in your local community. These include council housing, education, libraries, waste and recycling and many more depending on your area. Members of your local council are elected in local elections. Councillors are elected in local elections usually every four years.
Where to find my local council
Go to directgov website , type in your postcode or your address and the search will provide a link for your local council. Disabled people or full time students may be eligible for a discount, therefore it is in your own best interest to check and apply for a discounted rate where possible. You can do this online.
How to vote in local elections
In order for you to cast a vote you will have to register your name in the Electoral Registration Office. Even if you were not born in the UK (EU citizens and people from some Commonwealth countries), you still qualify to vote in UK Parliamentary elections (exceptions apply). If you do not register you will not be able to vote.
How to register and keep my details private
Even if you do not have a permanent address you can still register just contact your current local electoral registration office for more information. You can avoid your details being passed onto marketing companies by opting out of the edited register (tick a box to opt out) and only be registered in the full version used only for the purpose of elections. Details from the edited version of the register can be bought by other companies which are then entitled to use your details in for example market research.
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