What is my council tax bracket? UK house groups and how to check explained, as part of £150 council tax rebate rollout
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a one-time council tax refund for some of the UK’s poorest households in February 2022
So how can you know if your council tax bracket entitles you to the discount?
Here’s what you need to know.
What is my council tax bracket?
Council tax is the money charged to you by your local authority for the services they provide, for example rubbish collection, as well as other public bodies like the police and fire department.
In Scotland this also includes your water bill as the public service is nationalized north of the border.
How much you pay depends on the value of the house you live in (whether you own it or rent it) and the area it is in.
The parameters of these bands vary across the UK, while the rate you will pay to be in a particular band varies from place to place.
As a general rule, the more expensive your house or apartment is, the more council tax you will have to pay.
There are eight bands in England and Scotland, ranging from A (the cheapest band) to H.
Meanwhile, in Wales there are nine bands, with 1 being the most expensive and 9 the cheapest.
For example, if you have a low income or live alone, you will see your council tax reduced.
How can I check which housing tax bracket I am in?
The housing tax varies according to your place of residence.
In Northern Ireland council tax is called a ‘rate’ and is calculated differently.
Can I benefit from a residence tax reduction?
When the measure was first announced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak on February 3, it only applied to households in England.
Mr Sunak said English households in Bands A to D – 80% of households in England – will benefit from the £150 council tax refund.
This money will be released from April and will not need to be repaid.
Under the Barnett formula, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland split a pot of £715m.
But only Wales has announced its own version of the scheme.
Along with the rebate, councils in England are receiving £144million to support vulnerable households.
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