Council Tax explained

Published: 13 March 2024

These pages explain how the Council Tax is arrived at and how the council raises and spends its income.

Council Tax is the local tax which helps to pay for local services.

It represents part of the council’s income which it needs to meet expenditure after taking account of income it receives from other sources. Your Council Tax helps to pay for local services such as sport and leisure facilities, street lighting, youth centres, supporting the elderly and much more.

It also contributes to Police, Fire and Rescue Services, the disposal of household waste and public transport. This page gives general information and should not be treated as an authoritative statement of the law.

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Council Tax Valuation Bands

Wirral Council has set a Council Tax charge for each band of dwelling as shown below for the year ending 31 March 2025. The charge comprises the following items:

Council Tax Band Range of Values Proportion to Band D Council Tax Payable
Band A up to and inc. £40,000 6/9 £1,508.97
Band B £40,001 - £52,000 7/9 £1,760.46
Band C £52,001 - £68,000 8/9 £2,011.95
Band D £68,001 - £88,000 1 £2,263.44
Band E £88,001 - £120,000 11/9 £2,766.42
Band F £120,001 - £160,000 13/9 £3,269.40
Band G £160,001 - £320,000 15/9 £3,772.41
Band H more than £320,000 18/19 £4,526.88

The amount of Council Tax charged for each band depends upon the tax set for Band D. All Council Tax valuations are based on the price that a property would have fetched if it had been sold on 1 April 1991.

Any increase or fall in a property’s value which results from general changes in the housing market since then will not affect its valuation.

You can check your Council Tax Band on the GOV.UK website.

The movement in general prices will not be a reason for changing your Council Tax band.

How to pay your Council Tax

Find out about the different ways you can pay your Council Tax

You can pay your Council Tax over 10 or 12 monthly instalments.

Find out how much your instalments would be

What happens if I don’t pay as requested?

Find out what happens if you do not pay your Council Tax

Find out how to get help if you are struggling to pay your Council Tax