What your council tax pays for

Council tax is a property-based tax which is payable on most domestic properties. A domestic property is usually a house or a flat, but it also means other types of property where people can live, such as a houseboat or a caravan.

The council tax you pay is divided between the county council, the police and fire authorities, and the city council.

This table shows how the money is divided, as an amount and as a percentage of the total.

How council tax is split among authorities, based on a Band D property
AuthorityAmountPercentage
County Council £1,167.12 73.06%
Police and Crime Commissioner £183.15 11.46%
City Council £181.75 11.38%
Fire Authority £65.52 4.10%
Total £1,597.54 100%

Figures quoted above are based on a council tax payment of £1,597.54 for a Band D property in 2016/17.

The County Council Amount of £1167.12 includes £22.86 to be used for Adult Social Care.

Amounts are proportionally smaller for bands A to C and larger for bands E to H.

For a detailed breakdown of spending on Cambridge City Council services in 2016/17 download our leaflet:

City council expenditure

Our budget for 2016/17 requires £16.1 million.

The £7.4 million we receive from council tax contributes towards this, and the remaining amount (£8.7 million) is made up from government grants and movements on reserves. The total is then divided among a number of services.

The table below shows the amount given to each service along with monies received from the government and other budgetary adjustments.

How council tax is split among authorities, based on a Band D property
ServiceAmount
Central services to the public £1.5m
Cultural and related services £7.9m
Environmental and regulatory services £8.4m
Planning and development services £4.3m
Transport planning, policy and strategy and parking services -£4.2m
Housing services (excluding housing revenue account) £3.2m
Corporate and democratic core £2.5m
Commercial property and other trading -£5.8m
Capital accounting adjustments -£5.4m
Interest -£0.9m
Revenue funding of capital £1.9
Pension deficit costs £1.3m
Adjustment to previous year's business rates collection £1.4m
Net expenditure £16.1m
Business rates (net of tariff payable to central government) -£4.7m
Government funding - non-ringfenced grants -£8.3m
Movements in reserves £4.3m
Amount raised from council tax £7.4m

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