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What is Council Tax and how much you should pay

Council Tax is a local property based tax which helps fund local services provided by Lancashire County Council, Burnley Borough Council, Lancashire Fire Authority and the Lancashire Police Authority.

Each domestic property is placed in a valuation band which is determined by the Valuation Office. Most houses in Burnley fall into bands A and B. You can check the valuation band of any property by visiting the Valuation Office website.

 Adult Social Care Charges explained

The Government has put in place changes to the way in which Council Tax can be used to fund Adult Social Care services.  In this area, Adult Social Care is run by Lancashire County Council.  The changes mean that Councils who run Adult Social Care services can charge an additional ‘precept’ on the whole charge – separate from the increase applied to general funding.

For 2017/18, Lancashire County Council has increased its overall charge by 3.99%.  2% of the increase is to fund Adult Social Care and 1.99% is to fund General Expenditure.  

The amount charged during 2016/17 by Lancashire County Council for a Band D property was £1,174.86 and £22.60 of this charge related to Adult Social Care.

In 2017/18 the Lancashire County Council charge for a Band D property will increase to £1,221.74. This is an overall rise of 3.99% on last year, which includes £46.10 to fund Adult Social Care.

The Adult Social Care element has increased by 2% or £23.50 on the overall charge.

This is calculated as follows:

£23.50 (the amount of Adult Social Care increase) divided by £1,174.86 (last year’s overall charge) multiplied by 100 (to give a percentage figure).

The way that we work out this increase and show it on our Council Tax bills is prescribed by The Council Tax (Demand Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.

  

 

2016/17 Charge

2017/18 Charge

Overall % Increase

£ Amount increase

General Expenditure

£1,152.26

£1,175.64

1.99%

£23.38

Adult Social Care Expenditure

£22.60

£46.10

2.00%

£23.50

Overall Charge

£1,174.86

£1,221.74

3.99%

£46.88

  

There may be similar increases shown on your bill for 2018/19.  The Government has said that this arrangement can stand for 3 years and that there will not be further increases in the Adult Social Care element for 2019/20.

Please note that by law we must show increases on the bill to the nearest decimal point – which means that in this case a 1.99% Lancashire County Council General Expenditure increase shows as 2.0%.

 

Email scam

We’ve been made aware that residents are some times being approached via email by a company claiming they are owed a council tax refund. The company usually asks residents to confirm certain details, including their bank details.

This is a scam and residents are advised not to give any details. They should delete any such emails.

If in doubt, always check with the council’s council tax team on 01282 425011 or email localtaxation@burnley.gov.uk 

 

The table below shows the Council Tax charge in Burnley for 2017/18

Area

Band A

Band B

Band C

Band D

Band E

Band F

Band G

Band H

Unparished Areas

 £         1,157.15

 £         1,350.00

 £         1,542.87

 £         1,735.73

 £         2,121.46

 £         2,507.17

 £         2,892.88

 £         3,471.46

BRIERCLIFFE PARISH COUNCIL

 £         1,165.09

 £         1,359.26

 £         1,553.46

 £         1,747.64

 £         2,136.02

 £         2,524.37

 £         2,912.73

 £         3,495.28

CLIVIGER PARISH COUNCIL

 £         1,164.64

 £         1,358.74

 £         1,552.86

 £         1,746.97

 £         2,135.20

 £         2,523.41

 £         2,911.61

 £         3,493.94

WORSTHORNE PARISH COUNCIL

 £         1,167.14

 £         1,361.65

 £         1,556.19

 £         1,750.71

 £         2,139.77

 £         2,528.81

 £         2,917.85

 £         3,501.42

HABERGHAM EAVES PARISH

 £         1,163.71

 £         1,357.65

 £         1,551.62

 £         1,745.57

 £         2,133.49

 £         2,521.38

 £         2,909.28

 £         3,491.14

IGHTENHILL PARISH COUNCIL

 £         1,158.54

 £         1,351.63

 £         1,544.73

 £         1,737.82

 £         2,124.01

 £         2,510.19

 £         2,896.36

 £         3,475.64

PADIHAM TOWN COUNCIL

 £         1,166.21

 £         1,360.57

 £         1,554.95

 £         1,749.32

 £         2,138.07

 £         2,526.80

 £         2,915.53

 £         3,498.64

HAPTON PARISH COUNCIL

 £         1,167.08

 £         1,361.59

 £         1,556.11

 £         1,750.63

 £         2,139.67

 £         2,528.69

 £         2,917.71

 £         3,501.26

Is your Council Tax account in credit?

If your account is in credit, you may choose to leave the credit on the account to offset any future liability. Alternatively, you may request a refund. If you want to request a refund, please complete and return the Council Tax Refund Form. You can print this from the downloads on the right hand side of this page.

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