Council Tax

Photograph of Council Tax headed paperCouncil Tax is a way for local councils to raise money to pay for services such as education, social services, libraries, refuse collection, street lighting and leisure.

Council Tax is based on a property's value. All homes - including flats - are subject to Council Tax;  rented and owner occupied and whether they are lived in or not. Each property receives one Council Tax bill. The bill can be reduced for people living on their own and for some people with disabilities.

Council Tax for 2014/15 is £1,428.00 for a Band D property. This is made up of:

  • £1027.25: Staffordshire County Council
  • £177.61: Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, Staffordshire
  • £67.64: Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Authority
  • £155.50: Tamworth Borough Council

If you run a business, please take a look at our business rates page.

Financial information

Your Council Tax explained 2014/15 leaflet
Staffordshire County Council
Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service
Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, Staffordshire

Council Tax Bands 2014/15 and where it goes

Band Tamworth
Borough Council
Fire and Rescue 
Authority

OPCC Staffs

Staffordshire 
County Council
Total
A  £103.67 £45.09 £118.41 £684.83 £952.00
B £120.94 £52.61 £138.14 £798.97 £1110.66
C £138.22 £60.12 £157.88 £913.11 £1269.33
D £155.50 £67.64 £177.61  £1027.25 £1428.00
E £190.06 £82.67 £217.08  £1255.53 £1745.34
F £224.61 £97.70 £256.55 £1483.81 £2062.67
G £259.17 £112.73 £296.02  £1712.08 £2380.00
H  £311.00  £135.28  £355.22  £2054.50 £2856.00
%  11%  5% 12% 72%  100%

The actual amount of Council Tax you pay will depend on which Council Tax band your property is in. More than 90% of people in Tamworth pay less than the Band E charge. Any discounts or reductions you are entitled to receive may reduce your charge. If you have your reference number, you can check your Council Tax Balance online here.

If you have any questions regarding Council Tax, please contact:
The Council Tax Team. 
Tel: 01827 709530. Email: counciltax@tamworth.gov.uk

Important Information

A number of council tax payers have received a letter from companies providing a "no win, no fee" service regarding reducing residents council tax band. The company will charge the individual 30% of any reduction they receive.

Tamworth Borough Council strongly advises customers who want to check their banding to contact the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). It is responsible for assessing and reviewing council tax bands on all domestic properties. There is no charge for this service.

If after investigating the VOA agrees, the band will be changed. However the band could go up as well as down. Please visit the VOA website or Tel: 03000 501501. By post: Blackburn House, Old Hall Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 3BS.

Council Tax Referendums

Each financial year, the government proposes a limit to how much Council Tax can go up by, which has to be approved by the House of Commons. Councils wanting to raise taxes above this limit would have to hold a referendum and get agreement to the rise from local people.

For the 2014/15 financial year, the Secretary of State set a limit of 2.0%. Tamworth Borough Council has a 1.97% increase for 2014/15.

We have a duty to protect public funds and we may need to check your Council Tax information with other information we hold. We may also exchange information with other agencies, councils, government departments or bodies administering public funds to:

  • make sure the information is accurate
  • detect crime
  • protect public funds

If you wish to know more about the information about you or the way we use it please email: foimailbox@tamworth.gov.uk