This page explains 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.

You can contact the council if you do not understand something or need further information.

A message from the Leader of the Council

The last year has been incredibly difficult and was not the start to the new decade we were hoping to see just 12 months ago, but it has been heartening to witness how communities across Wirral have pulled together and helped each other, especially the most vulnerable and those in need, as we continue to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

I’m pleased to see how much the council has been at the centre of much of this, to help those most affected, our vulnerable residents, supporting our schools and parents, care homes and NHS.

However, the crisis has sharply exposed the unacceptable inequalities in our borough and highlights the importance of our efforts in improving the social and economic factors for everyone living within Wirral.

With the roll-out of vaccines – which is proceeding at real pace here in Wirral – there is now hopefully a chance to look forward with optimism and we can push on even faster in addressing the disparities which exist across our communities.

A key part of this is regeneration and attracting inward investment and high quality jobs. Despite the pandemic we have already seen much work on our ambitious plans for Birkenhead, with demolition underway at Milton Pavement, improvements to the highways network and developments at Wirral Waters moving forward at pace.

The Wirral Local Plan underpins much of this work and is moving ahead with the focus on development of brownfield sites to meet our business and housing needs, while our Community Wealth Building Strategy is a key part of the way we will work to ensure people aren’t left behind and are able to share in our borough’s prosperity.

We have bold plans here in Wirral to help in tackling the climate emergency and are committed to protecting the environment, including our local countryside and coastal areas. We are also dedicated to supporting active travel and delivering a cycling and walking programme of improvements which will also have crucial health benefits for everyone, reducing air pollution and increasing active travel.

Wirral Council will be asking residents to pay an extra 4.99% on their council tax in 2021-22. 1.99% of this is for council services, and 3% is an additional increase the  government allows authorities to add to meeting the rising costs of social care.

This council is committed to working hard to provide the services people need and value, supporting Wirral’s residents and businesses, while always being open to new and better ways of delivering those services.

All the while, this administration will continue to focus on providing careful financial management of the authority to ensure its stability in the future while always putting the needs of the people of Wirral at the forefront of everything the council does.

Councillor Janette Williamson
Leader of Wirral Council

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 2022. 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 £1327.50
Band B £40,001 - £52,000 7/9 £1548.74
Band C £52,001 - £68,000 8/9 £1769.99
Band D £68,001 - £88,000 1 £1991.24
Band E £88,001 - £120,000 11/9 £2433.74
Band F £120,001 - £160,000 13/9 £2876.23
Band G £160,001 - £320,000 15/9 £3318.74
Band H more than £320,000 2 £3982.48

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 1st 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  

Adult Social Care Funding

In relation to the year beginning 2020 and any subsequent year, the Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities. (‘Adult social care authorities’ are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional 'precept' on its Council Tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17.

It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

The government has extended this into 2021-22. Your bill therefore also includes an additional 3% adult social care precept.

Financial summary

Total Council Tax requirements 2021-22

Wirral Council                                     £289,265,725


Transport levy                                £22,071,000
Waste Authority levy £17,665,512
Flood defence levy £181,957
Port health levy £120,000
Sea fisheries levy £73,646
Total for levies £40,112,115


Police and Crime Commissioner
Fire and Rescue precept £7,724,285
Liverpool City Region
Combined Authority precept
Total for precepts £30,894,318
Total requirement £360,272,158

Less revenue sources

Business Rates Baseline (£72,150,000)
Business Rates S31 (£12,052,730)
Top Up (£53,137,092)
New Homes Bonus (£178,150)
Social Care Support Grant (£14,641,925)
Capital Receipts (£350,000)
Collection Fund (surplus) / deficit £1,000,000
Lower Tier Services / Covid-19 funding (£10,490,244)
Capitalisation Directive (£10,700,000)
Total External Support (£172,700,140)
Net Requirement £187,572,018
Tax Base for Band D £94,198.6
Council Tax for Band D           £1,991.24

How spending has changed

Increased pressures

Budget Requirement 2020-21 £304.8 million
Levies and precepts £1.9 million
Employees £7.2 million
Other Running Costs £15.0 million
Regeneration and Place £1.2 million
Resources £1.6 million
Legal and Governance £300,000
Neighbourhoods £8.7 million
Childrens £3.6 million
Adult Care and Health £9.0 million

Savings and efficiencies

Neighbourhoods (£6.5 million)
Regeneration (£2.9 million)
Children and families (£2.3 million)
Adult care and health (£4.5 million)
Finance, legal, resource and cross-cutting efficiencies (£7.7 million)
Budget Requirement 2021-22 £329.4 million

How the Council spends its own money (in gross terms)

By area of spend

2021/22 by area of spend Amount
Business Management £110.3 million
Environment £253.22 millioon
People £494.78 million
Total £858.33 million

By type of spend

Type of spend in 2021/22 Amount Percentage
Running expenses £638.23 million 74%
Employees £159.07 million 19%
Levies £40.10 million 5%
Capital £20.93 million 2%
Total £858.33 million  

General fund expenditure

  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Gross expenditure £817.7 million £833.7 million £858.3 million
Gross income (£169.0 million) (£168.9 million) (£121.6 million)
Specific government grants (£367.3 million) (£360.0 million) (£407.4 million)
Net operating requirement £281.4 million £304.8 million £329.4 million
Use of reserves and general balances (£9.0 million) (£4.5 million) (£11.1 million)
Collection Fund (surplus) or deficit 0.0 (£1.3 million) £1.0 million
Social Care Support Grant 0.0 (£11.3 million) (£14.6 million)
Net budget requirement £272.4 million £287.7 million £304.7 million

Less grants

  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Business Rates Top Up (£48.0 million) (£53.0 million) (£53.1 million)
Business Rates S31 (£11.7 million) (£13.4 million) (£12.1 million)
New Homes Bonus (£800,000) (£500,000) (£200,000)
Lower Tier Services 0.0 0.0 (£500,000)
Covid Emergency Fund 0.0 0.0 (£10 million)

Local taxation

  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Business rates baseline (£69.6 million) (71.9 £million) (£72.2 million)

Add precepts

  2019/20 2020/21 2021/21
Police and Crime Commission £18.9 million £19.9 million £21.4 million
Fire and rescue £7.4 million £7.6 million £7.7 million
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority £1.8 million £1.8 million £1.8 million
Total Council Tax requirement £170.5 million £178.1 million £187.6 million

How does Council Tax work?

Council Tax is made up of a property element and a personal element. The property element is a tax on dwellings where people live, including domestic properties such as houses, flats and living accommodation in part of a commercial property, for example, a flat above a shop.

Each dwelling is given a value or a band and the council sets the charge against each band. The personal element of the tax relates to the assumption that two adults live in a property.

Discounts are available, for example, if only one adult lives in a property. The amount you pay may also be reduced if you are on a low income or you have a disability.


Council Tax is calculated based on the assumption that two adults live in the property. A 25% discount may be awarded if there is one resident in the property.

Find out about other available discounts

Empty properties not shown in the following list will attract a full charge. Any properties empty between 2-5 years not shown in the list will attract a premium charge of 100% (200% payable), irrespective of any change in ownership.

From 1 April 2021 properties empty and unfurnished for at least 5 years but less than 10 years will attract an additional premium charge of 200% ( 300% payable) and properties empty and unfurnished  for at least 10 years will attract an additional premium charge of 300% (400% payable) irrespective of any change in ownership.


Certain occupied and unoccupied properties may be exempt from Council Tax if they fall into one of the categories listed:

Unoccupied properties:

  • CLASS B: owned by a charity and has been unoccupied for a period of less that  6 months.
  • CLASS D: left unoccupied by a person in detention (except for non-payment of Council Tax).
  • CLASS E: left unoccupied by a person who is a permanent resident in a hospital or nursing home.
  • CLASS F: where the last occupier was a sole adult who has died and probate has either yet to be granted or has been granted for a period of less than 6 months. Please note, exemption only applies if the deceased is the liable person for Council Tax.
  • CLASS G: occupation is prohibited by law.
  • CLASS H: unoccupied awaiting occupation by a minister of religion.
  • CLASS I: unoccupied by a person receiving care elsewhere.
  • CLASS J: unoccupied by a person providing care elsewhere.
  • CLASS K: unoccupied property where the owner is a student, who has left to live and study elsewhere.
  • CLASS L: unoccupied repossessed property.
  • CLASS Q: left unoccupied by a bankrupt.
  • CLASS R: unoccupied caravan pitch or boat mooring.
  • CLASS T: unoccupied, but forms a part of another dwelling which may not be let separately, i.e. a granny flat or annexe.

Occupied properties

  • CLASS M: student hall of residence.
  • CLASS N: occupied solely by students.
  • CLASS O and P: armed forces, barracks, married quarters and accommodation for visiting forces.
  • CLASS S: occupied only by a person(s) under the age of 18.
  • CLASS U: occupied solely by severely mentally impaired person(s).
  • CLASS V: occupied by diplomats and their non-British spouse.
  • CLASS W: a separate unit within a property, occupied by a dependant relative of the Council Tax payer who is resident in the main connected property i.e. granny flat or annexe.

You must tell us:

  • if you receive a bill and disagree that you are liable to pay. Please return it right away telling us why you consider it to be incorrect
  • if you think you may be entitled to a discount or exemption and none is shown on the bill
  • if a discount or exemption is shown on your bill and you no longer qualify for it. Failure to do so could lead to a financial penalty being made against you.

If you tell us that there has been a change to your property and wish to apply for a discount or exemption, we will arrange for one of our inspectors to visit it and check. We will not accept a backdated claim that a property qualifies for a reduction where Wirral Council has not been given the opportunity to inspect the property, or you are unable to provide satisfactory evidence to support your claim.

The council has the power to reduce Council Tax where national discounts and exemptions do not apply.

Each case will be viewed on its merits, and we will only consider using this power in exceptional circumstances.

People with disabilities

If you, or someone living with you, needs a room, an extra room due to a disability (for example, extra bathroom), or uses a wheelchair indoors, you may be entitled to a reduced Council Tax bill. This reduction aims to ensure that people with disabilities do not pay more Council Tax on account of their disability. If you qualify, your bill may be reduced.

Find out more or apply for a reduction. You can also call 0151 666 3291.

If your home has special fixtures for a resident with a disability and you believe that they reduce the value of your home and this has not been taken into consideration in your valuation band, you should email the council for a DPR application at

Council Tax Appeal System

You may appeal against a Council Tax decision if you do not agree with it. 

Find out how you can appeal against a Council Tax decision

Can I appeal against my property’s valuation band?

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) values domestic properties for Council Tax. This valuation is used to set your Council Tax band. You might need to contact the VOA if you think your Council Tax band is wrong.

You can find out more about when you can challenge your band and what you need to do on the GOV.UK website. If you challenge your band, you must continue to pay Council Tax at your current band until your appeal is decided.

You can contact the VOA via the GOV.UK website. If you are unable to use the online service, you can also contact the VOA on 03000 501 501. 

Appeals against banding are restricted to:

  • new taxpayers who can appeal within six months of becoming liable
  • new properties brought onto the Valuation List
  • properties which change to or from domestic use
  • properties which have a material increase such as an extension and a change of ownership happens
  • properties which have a material decrease such as demolition of part of the property

Council Tax Support

The Council Tax Support scheme is designed to help people on Department for Work Pension benefits or who have low paid jobs or low incomes. Its aim is to also help and protect the most vulnerable in our community, our elderly and our disabled/long term sick, in line with government guidelines.

The key features of Wirral’s scheme are:

  • Support up to a maximum of 88% (except for people who fall into a protected group or are pensioners).
  • A standard non-dependant deduction of £12.45 per week (standard deductions for protected working age claimants and pensioners).
  • Capital amount limited to £6,000 (£16,000 for pensioners and those in protected groups).
  • Second Adult Rebate only for pensioners.
  • A backdate provision of up to 3 months for exceptional circumstances.

The amount of Council Tax Support you receive depends upon:

  • Any income and savings you may have
  • The number of people who live in your property
  • The Council Tax band of your property

If you are eligible for Council Tax Support, the amount awarded will be shown on your new bill. Your bill and the amount to pay may also alter if your circumstances change. You must tell us immediately of any change to your income, savings or the number of people in your household changes. If you make a new successful claim for Universal Credit and are liable for Council Tax your award notice  will be used to work out any entitlement to Council Tax Support.

Apply for Council Tax Support 

You must carry on paying the instalments shown on your Council Tax bill whilst an application is being considered. If your application is successful, you will be sent a new bill with revised instalments.

Care Leavers Discount

If you have been in the care of Wirral Council (for instance you lived in a care home or were fostered) and are leaving care, you may be entitled to a reduction in Council Tax until you reach the age of 25. The amount of reduction you’re entitled to may be up to 100% depending on the number of people who live with you.

The reduction will apply from 1st April 2018 or whenever you became liable to pay Council Tax if after this date.

Fraud hotline

Do you know or suspect that someone is claiming Housing Benefit, Council Tax Support or a Council Tax discount or exemption fraudulently?

Find out how you can report fraud

Supporting other services - Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority (MRWA)

We are the public body responsible for dealing with household waste and recycling once it’s been collected from your home.

Using the latest technologies we aim to make sure as much waste as possible is sustainably managed. Our Energy from Waste facility in Wilton diverts over 92% of Merseyside’s non-recycled waste from landfill – and in the process saves more than £100m in current landfill disposal costs over the life of its contract.

We work hard to encourage Merseyside’s householders to use less in the first place and, through our 14 Household Waste Recycling Centres and District Council kerbside collections, to recycle as much as they can.

Last year, 37.2% of Merseyside’s household waste was reused, recycled and composted. Recycling, alongside our waste prevention work and involvement with community projects, can help us all contribute to stopping climate change.

Read more about the work of the Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority

Wirral Council's financial contribution to Merseyside Waste Authority

  2019 - 2020
2020 - 2021
Total Net Expenditure 76,408 77,045
Contribution to Reserves 0 0,502
Total Requirement 76,408 77,547
Use of Reserves (1,411) 0
Levy 74,998 77,547
Levy per Head (Merseyside) £52.93 £54.49

The Levy for Wirral Council for 2021-22 will be £17,665,512.

For more information contact:
Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
7th Floor
No.1 Mann Island

Liverpool L3 1BP

Tel: 0151 255 1444
Merseyside Waste Disposal Authority website 
Recycle Right website

Supporting other services - Environment Agency

The Council Tax (Demand Notices) (England) Regulations 2011.

The Environment Agency is a levying body for its Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Functions under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and the Environment Agency (Levies) (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.

The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood and coastal erosion risk management for 6500 kilometres of main river and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. Money is spent on the construction of new flood defence schemes, the maintenance of the river system and existing flood defences together with the operation of a flood warning system and management of the risk of coastal erosion. The financial details are:

North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee

(£ thousand)
(£ thousand)
Gross Expenditure 92,022 130,113
Levies Raised 4,097 4,179
Total Council Tax Base 2,178 2,163

The majority of funding for flood defence comes directly from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). However, under the new Partnership Funding rule not all schemes will attract full central funding.To provide local funding for local priorities and contributions for partnership funding the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees recommend through the Environment Agency a local levy.

A change in the gross budgeted expenditure between years reflects the programme of works for both capital and revenue needed by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to which you contribute. The total Local Levy raised by this committee has increased by 2.0%

The total Local Levy raised has increased from £4,096,979 in 2020/2021 to £4,178,918 for 2021/2022.

Supporting other services - Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority

Between 2010/11 and 2020/21 the Government cut the Authority’s funding by over 32% or approximately 50% in real terms. That resulted in unavoidable reductions in the front line operational services over this period.

The Authority was concerned that increasing environmental; terrorist; fire; and protection risks meant previous frontline cuts that were required to balance budgets over the last decade had gone too far. Last year, on the back of the Chief Fire Officers recommendations, the Authority re-invested £1.0m in frontline response and protection services increasing the number of available fire appliances from 26 to 30 and the number of firefighters from 620 to 642.

The 2021/22 budget sees a further re-investment in frontline services by increasing the number of fire appliances to 32, and a capital programme that invests £52m in the Service’s infrastructure by 2025/26, including a potential new £25m Training and Development Academy. The new investments also include a temporary increase in the number of protection staff employed to deal with the Grenfell Tower recommendations.

How the Merseyside Fire and  Rescue Authority is funded

The Authority’s 2021/22 Gross Budget is £75.4m. This excludes the £10m the Authority incurs in its role as lead authority for the National Assurance Resilience initiative, as this relates to a Home Office function and is fully funded by them. The Gross budget is the total amount that the Authority plans to spend, including expenditure funded by reserves, fees and specific grants.

The table below outlines how the £75.4m is funded:

Service Percentage
Council Tax 36.9.%
Government Settlement Funding 41.6%
Other Income and Reserves


Council Tax Charge for the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority

The Council Tax for a Band D property for 2021/22 has been set at:

Gross Budget   £75.444m
  Income and Specific Grants (£11.718m)
  Use of Reserves (£4.476m)
Net Budget Requirement   £59.250m
  Collection Fund Deficit £2.836m
  Local Business Rate Adjustment (£0.115m)
  Government Settlement Funding (£31.377m)
Council Tax Requirement   £30.594m
Tax Base    £373,099.34
Band D Equivalent   £82.00

The Authority set a Council Tax requirement of £30.594m for 2021/22 and a Council Tax for a Band D property of £82.00, a 1.99% increase on the 2020/21 figure of £80.40. This the maximum increase allowed by the Government before the Authority would be required to hold a referendum. By increasing the charge by the maximum it allows the Authority to maintain the investment in frontline services approved in 2020/21 and fund the further investment planned in 2021/22. Most Council Tax payers in Merseyside will pay Band A Council Tax of £54.67 about 15p per day towards their Fire and Rescue Service.

The Authority has issued a precept on the five Merseyside District Councils of £30.594 million, Wirral’s contribution to expenditure financed by precept is £7.724 million, which represents 25% of the total precept. 

How the money is spent

Approximately 71% of the Authority’s 2021/22 budget remains committed to delivering Operational Response, Protection and Preventative frontline services, as these functions have been recognised as priority areas by the public following extensive consultation.

The costs associated with funding capital investment account for 15.3%, and relate to investment in frontline activities such as fire stations, fire appliances and operational equipment. The remaining 14.1% is on support services, of which a significant proportion relates to essential frontline service support such as insurance of vehicles and premises, the vehicle maintenance workshop and operational and fire control ICT costs.

2021-22 Net Budget by Service Analysis 

Response and Control 52.8%
Capital / RCCO 15.3%
Operational Preparedness 9.5%
Protection 4.2%
Prevention and Community Safety 4.1%
Support Services and Other 14.1%

Contact the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority

The Authority values the opinions of the people it serves. If you wish to comment about the services of the Authority please contact
Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters on 0151 296 4000.

Ian Cummins
CIPFA, Director of Finance
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority
Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters
Bridle Road
Bootle L30 4YD.


Supporting other services - Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor and Combined Authority

The Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region works as head of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) to ensure that all areas of our region share in the benefits of a fair and prosperous local economy.

As well as leading on issues such as the economy, transport, housing and skills, the Mayor is responsible for shaping the future of our region around the needs of our communities. He is your voice and the voice of the Liverpool City Region on the world stage and when lobbying government for greater funding and local decision-making.

The Metro Mayor is accountable to, and represents the people of, all six boroughs in Liverpool City Region: Halton, Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.

In accordance with the Combined Authorities (Finance) Order 2017, the Metro Mayor is seeking to set a Mayoral precept for 2021/22 of £19 per Band D property - which is a freeze on the last year’s precept and the lowest rate in the country. Most Council Tax payers across the City Region will pay a Band A Council Tax rate of £12.67 per year.

This funding will help the Metro Mayor and Combined Authority to keep delivering for you – as it has with the creation of 9,000 jobs and 5,500 apprenticeships, investing tens of millions of pounds in local schools and colleges and overseeing the region’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Metro Mayor has worked with local councils to support local jobs and businesses, through a £50million support package, as well as tailored programmes to help small and socially-trading businesses and continued lobbying for greater support and a fair furlough from central government.

The Metro Mayor has also published an ambitious economic recovery plan for the whole of the city region. In it, he sets out how £1.4 billion in investment could unlock £8.8 billion of projects to begin in the next 12 months, creating more than 100,000 jobs in the process.

The precept will enable the Combined Authority to ensure its long-term financial sustainability and help ensure that the Mayoral objectives – a London-style integrated transport network, a fairer, more inclusive local economy, a green industrial revolution and a strong recovery from COVID-19 – are delivered.

(£ thousand)
(£ thousand)
270,351 Gross Expenditure 156,294
(143,105) Income and Specific Grants (43,220)
(97,403) Income from Levy (97,404)
(21,828) Contributions from Reserves (8,040)
8,015 Council Tax Requirement 7,630
412,268 Tax Base 401,579
19.00 Band D Equivalent 19.00

The movements in the gross expenditure budget are detailed below:

  £ thousand
Gross Expenditure 2020/21 270,351
Increase in costs associated with the delivery of Mayoral priorities 1,787
Pay associated costs 722
Reduction in Merseytravel and Tunnels operating grants (1,803)
Special Rail Grant paid direct to Merseytravel (94,557)
Change in debt servicing costs (7,115)
Reduction in Capital and other payments to Merseytravel (13,091)
Gross Expenditure 2021/22 156,294

Find out more about the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Transport Funding

The LCRCA’s transport responsibilities are funded through transport levies across each of the six councils. This funds concessionary travel, subsidised bus services, the Mersey Ferries and a range of other services.

The transport levy 2021/22 for each of the Merseyside Councils within the LCRCA is:

  2020/21 Levy
(£ thousand)
2021/22 Levy
(£ thousand)
Knowsley 10,240 10,279
Liverpool 33,869 33,924
St. Helens 12,321 12,302
Sefton 18,851 18,828
Wirral 22,123 22,071
Total 97,404 97,404

For historical and legal reasons Halton Council currently provide transport activities directly within the boundaries of the borough of Halton. This is funded through a differential transport levy collected by Halton on behalf of the LCRCA which will be £3.2million for 2021/22.

Mayor Steve Rotheram,
Metro Mayor Liverpool City Region

Mr John Fogarty, B.A. Hons, C.P.F.A. Director of Corporate Services,
Liverpool City Region Mayoral Combined Authority

Supporting other services - Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

It is my statutory duty to ensure that an efficient and effective police service is delivered by the Chief Constable on behalf of the public. Similarly I have a responsibility to produce an annual budget, including setting the Council Tax precept requirement for the police service on Merseyside. This precept provides the balance of funding not covered by government grant and is raised entirely and only for the police service, enabling the full cost of policing to be met. 

The Government has provided additional funds to enable Forces to meet their officer recruitment targets for the second stage of ‘Operation Uplift’, which delivers the Government’s policy to recruit 20,000 police officers nationally by 31st March 2023. Merseyside’s second stage target has already been met due to my decision to recruit an additional 500 police officers in 2020/21, taking the urgent steps necessary to rebuild the Force. Of the remaining additional 660 police officers that Merseyside expect to recruit under ‘Operation Uplift’, 160 will be recruited in the next financial year. This will deliver a total police officer workforce of 4,127, the highest number of officers since I was first elected in 2012.

However, the Government did not provide sufficient funds to cover local inflationary pressures, commitments and pay awards.  This funding gap is expected to be met through the precept and efficiency savings from the Force.  The Government has said that PCCs can increase their precepts by up to £15 on a Band D equivalent property without the need to hold a referendum.

I therefore asked the public to support an increase in the precept and I am pleased that 62% of those who responded did so. Consequently, I have raised the precept by the maximum allowed which will raise an additional £5.6m of precept income. In Council Tax terms the new precept is £151.31 per property per year at Band A (the majority of taxpayers on Merseyside) and £226.97 at Band D, an increase of £10.00 and £15.00 respectively on the 2020/21 levels. This has enabled me to set a balanced budget in 2021/22, allowing the Chief Constable to address inflationary and other demand pressures, protect police staff jobs and provide sufficient funding to enable the Chief Constable to rebuild the Force.

Rt Hon Jane Kennedy
Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

Police and Crime Commissioner budget

370.193 GROSS EXPENDITURE 389.633  
(2.790) Income (2.790)  
(17.097) Specific Government Grants (17.732)  
0.066 Net Contribution to/(from) Reserves 0.627  
350.372 NET BUDGET REQUIREMENT 369.738  
(133.069) Less:      Police General Grant (142.181) 38.4%
(121.553) DCLG Formula Funding (128.490) 34.8%
(14.103) Local Council Tax Support Grant (14.103) 3.8%
(1.538) Legacy Council Tax Freeze Grant (1.538) 0.4%
(0.216) Collection Fund (Surplus) / Deficit 1.256 (0.3%)
(79.893) COUNCIL TAX REQUIREMENT (84.682) 22.9%
376,909 Tax base 373,099  
£211.97 Band D Equivalent £226.97  
£10.00 Increase in Band D Equivalent £15.00  

Why has the gross expenditure changed?

GROSS EXPENDITURE 2020/21 370.193
Police Uplift Programme 13.145
Allowance for Pay and Price Inflation 4.633
Net Committed Growth/(Savings) 0.900
Net Increase in Other Specific Grant Expenditure 0.635
None Achievement of Savings from Previous Year 0.127
GROSS EXPENDITURE 2021/22 389.633

Why has the Council Tax requirement changed?

Reduction in Tax base (0.808)
Increase in Band D Equivalent 5.597

How to contact us

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Council Tax
Wirral Council
PO Box 290
Wirral CH27 9FQ

Automated 24hr telephone payment line: 0151 606 2345

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