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.


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 2023. 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 £1368.39
Band B £40,001 - £52,000 7/9 £1596.45
Band C £52,001 - £68,000 8/9 £1824.51
Band D £68,001 - £88,000 1 £2052.58
Band E £88,001 - £120,000 11/9 £2508.71
Band F £120,001 - £160,000 13/9 £2964.83
Band G £160,001 - £320,000 15/9 £3420.97
Band H more than £320,000 2 £4105.16

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  


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 2022-23. Your bill therefore also includes an additional 1% adult social care precept.


Financial summary

Total Council Tax requirements 2022-23

Wirral Council                                     £290,018,299

Levies

Transport levy                                £22,464,000
Waste Authority levy £17,673,380
Flood defence levy £184,607
Port health levy £164,078
Sea fisheries levy £75,856
Total for levies £40,561,921

Precepts

Police and Crime Commissioner
precept
£22,553,000
Fire and Rescue precept £7,957,363
Liverpool City Region
Combined Authority precept
£1,808,275
Total for precepts £32,318,638
Total requirement £362,898,858

Less revenue sources

Business Rates Baseline (£63,721,415)
Business Rates S31 (£21,399,334)
Top Up (£54,288,702)
Social Care Support Grant (£19,767,038)
Services Grant (£5,615,655)
Market Sustainability and Fair Cost of Care Fund (£1,215,250)
Lower Tier Services  (£519,910)
New Homes Bonus (£437,776)
Capital Receipts (£2,930,000)
Contribution from Local Council Tax Support Grant (£1,731,000)
Collection Fund (surplus) / deficit £4,076,360
Total External Support (£167,549,719)
Net Requirement £195,349,139
Tax Base for Band D £95,172.39
Council Tax for Band D           £2,052.58

How spending has changed

Budget Requirement 2021-22 £329.4 million
Levies and precepts £1.9 million
Employees 4.5 million
Other Running Costs £6.1 million
Regeneration and Place £400,000
Resources £3.1 million
Legal and Governance £100,000
Neighbourhoods £200,000
Childrens £2.0 million
Adult Care and Health £7.6 million
Removal of one-off 2021/22 pressures £4.3 million

Savings and Efficiencies

 
Neighbourhoods (£5.3 million)
Regeneration (£1.8 million)
Children and Families (£3.2 million)
Adult Care and Health (£3.9 million)
Finance, Legal, Resource and Cross-cutting Efficiencies (£4.1 million)
Removal of one-off 2021/22 pressures (£10.9 million)
Budget Requirement 2022/23 £330.6 million


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

By area of spend

2022/23 by area of spend Amount
Business Management £118.42 million
Environment £246.72 million
People £494.36 million
Total £859.51 million

By type of spend

Type of spend in 2022/23 Amount Percentage
Capital £22.42 million 2%
Levies £40.55 million 5%
Employees £160.16 million 19%
Running Expenses £638.38 million 74%
Total £859.51 million  

General fund expenditure

  2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Gross expenditure £833.7 million £8858.3 million £859.5 million
Gross income (£168.9 million) (£121.6 million) (£177.1 million)
Specific government grants (£360.0 million) (£407.4 million) (£351.8 million)
Net operating requirement £304.8 million £329.4 million £330.6 million
Use of reserves and general balances (£4.5 million) (£11.1 million) (£4.7 million)
Collection Fund (surplus) or deficit (£1.3 million) £1.0 million £4.1 million
Social Care Support Grant (£11.3 million) (£14.6 million) (£19.8 million)
Market Sustainability and Fair Cost and Care Fund 0.0 0.0 (£1.2 million)
Net budget requirement £287.7 million £304.7 million £309.0 million

Less grants

  2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Business Rates Top Up (£53.0 million) (£53.1 million) (£54.3 million)
Business Rates S31 (£13.4 million) (£12.1 million) (£21.4 million)
New Homes Bonus (£500,000) (£200,000) (£400,000)
Lower Tier Services 0.0 (£500,000) (£500,000)
Services Grant 0.0 0.0 (£5.6 million)
Covid Emergency Fund 0.0 (£10 million) 0.0

Local taxation

  2020/21 2021/22 2022/23
Business Rates Baseline (£71.9 million) (£72.2 million) (£63.7 million)
Council Tax Requirement (£148.9 million) (£156.7 million) (£163.0 million)

Add precepts

  2020/21 2021/22 2022/22
Police and Crime Commission £19.9 million £21.4 million £22.6 million
Fire and rescue £7.6 million £7.7 million £8.0 million
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority £1.8 million £1.8 million £1.8 million
Total Council Tax requirement £178.1 million £187.6 million £195.3 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.

Discounts

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.

Exemptions

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.

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 counciltax@wirral.gov.uk

Find out more or apply for a reduction

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 £12.85 per week (standard deductions for protected working age claimants and pensioners range from £4.20 to £12.85 per week based on the non-dependants income).
  • 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.

The £150 Energy Rebate for 2022 will not be used as income or capital when working out your 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 1 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, 34.8% 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

  2020 - 2021
(£ million)
2021 - 2022
(£ million)
Total Net Expenditure 77,045 82,115
Contribution to Reserves 0,502 0
Total Requirement 77,547 82,115
Use of Reserves 0 -3,126
Levy 77,547 78,989
Levy per Head (Merseyside) £54.49 £55.07

The Levy for Wirral Council for 2022-23 will be £17,673,380.

For more information contact:

Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority
7th Floor
No.1 Mann Island

Liverpool L3 1BP


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

  2021/22
(£ thousand)
2022/23
(£ thousand)
Gross Expenditure 98,705 132,090
Levies Raised 4,179 4,283
Total Council Tax Base 2,167 2,208

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 2.5%

The total Local Levy raised has increased from £4,178,918 in 2021/2022 to £4,283,391 for 2022/2023.


Supporting other services - Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority

The Authority is facing increasing environmental; terrorist; fire; and protection risks. By managing its resources it has secured significant re-investment back into the organisation in recent years, particularly in frontline response and protection services.

It has increased the number of available fire appliances from 26 to 32, with a long-term aspiration to have 34 appliances, and the number of firefighters from 620 to 642.

The Authority continues to look to invest in the Service, and the 2022/2023 budget includes a capital programme that invests £62 million in the Service’s infrastructure by 2026/2027. This includes a potential new £35 million Training and Development Academy and fire station.

The ongoing investment the Authority has made in the Service and the benefits this brings to the Merseyside community, are reflected in the latest HMICFRS inspection evaluation.

The Authority scored an unprecedented three ‘Outstanding’ judgements across the eleven sub themes for its work preventing fires and other emergencies, its response to major and multi-agency incidents, and for making the best use of its resources. 

How the Merseyside Fire and  Rescue Authority is funded

The Authority’s 2022/2023 Gross Budget is £94 million. This excludes the £11 million the Authority incurs in its role as lead authority for the Home Office’s National Assurance Resilience initiative, as this is fully funded by them.

The Gross budget is the total amount that the Authority plans to spend, and below outlines how this is funded.   

Service Percentage
Council Tax 32.6%
Government Settlement Funding 33.4%
Other Income and Reserves

34%

Council Tax Charge for the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority

The Council Tax for a Band D property for 2022/232 has been set at:

Gross Budget   £93.688 million
  Income and Specific Grants (£13.583)
  Net Use of Reserves (£18.313)
Net Budget Requirement   £31.792 million
  Collection Fund Deficit £1.147 million
  Local Business Rate Adjustment (£469)
  Government Settlement Funding (£31.720 million)
Council Tax Requirement   £31.688 million
Tax Base    £379,000.34
Band D Equivalent   £83.61

The Authority set a Council Tax requirement of £31.688 million for 2022/2023 and a Council Tax for a Band D property of £83.61, a 1.96% increase on the 2021/2022 figure of £82.00. By increasing the council tax charge, it allows the Authority to maintain the investment in frontline services and fund the further investment planned in 2022/2023. Most council taxpayers in Merseyside will pay Band A Council Tax of £55.74 about 15p per day towards their Fire and Rescue Service.

The Authority has issued a precept on the five Merseyside District Councils of £31.688 million, Wirral’s contribution to expenditure financed by precept is £7.957 million, which represents 25.1% of the total precept.   

How the money is spent

Approximately 74% of the Authority’s 2022/2023 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 11%, and relate to investment in frontline activities such as fire stations, fire appliances and operational equipment.

The remaining 15% 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 ICT costs.

2022-23 Net Budget by Service Analysis 

Response and Control 54.5%
Capital / RCCO 11.3%
Operational Preparedness 9.9%
Protection 4.5%
Prevention and Community Safety 4.8%
Support Services and Other 15%

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.

Email: iancummins@merseyfire.gov.uk


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

As the elected Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram is committed to ensuring that every part of our region shares in the benefits of a fair and prosperous economy, where no one is left behind.

From the Young Person’s Guarantee, which guarantees a job, training or apprenticeship opportunity to unemployed young people to Housing First a radical new approach to helping the homeless, we are leading the way in building a fairer, more inclusive local economy.

Combined Authority interventions have already delivered 10,000 new jobs and 7,000 apprenticeships across our region and invested tens of millions of pounds in local schools and colleges.

The Mayor’s ambition is to secure the Liverpool City Region’s position as a pioneer in the Green Industrial Revolution and establish ourselves as Britain’s Renewable Energy Coast promoting our unparalleled strengths in renewable energy and ambitions in tidal power. Under his plans, we will hit net zero carbon at least a decade before national targets.

Real progress is also being made to deliver a London-style local transport network that makes getting round the region cheaper, quicker, cleaner and more reliable. Bringing together our buses, trains and ferries and linking them to new and upgraded cycling and walking routes under one integrated network, will transform public transport.

The 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 Mayor is seeking to set a Mayoral precept for 2022/23 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.

The precept will enable the CA 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 the Coronavirus – are delivered.

To date, this has included helping local councils to protect local jobs and businesses through a £50 million support package during COVID, tailoring programmes to help small and socially-trading businesses, and continued lobbying for greater support from central government.

On day one after his re-election in May, he launched a £150 million COVID Recovery Fund to help the launch the region’s post-pandemic recovery, creating jobs, support businesses and attracting more investment.

2021/22
(£ thousand)
  2022/23
(£ thousand)
156,294 Gross Expenditure 205,569
(43,220) Income and Specific Grants (96,426)
(97,404) Income from Levy (99,352)
(7,913) Contributions from Reserves (1,909)
7,757 Council Tax Requirement 7,882
408,281 Tax Base 414,832
19.00 Band D Equivalent 19.00

The movements in the gross expenditure budget are detailed below:

  £ thousand
Gross Expenditure 2021/22 156,594
Reduction in Net Debt Servicing Cost (154)
Increase Revenue Grants and new funding award 48,491
Employee Associated Costs 1,026
Increase in costs in association with the delivery of Mayoral Priorities 1,912
Removal of 2021/22 specific items (2,000)
Gross Expenditure 2022/23 205,569

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 2022/23 for each of the Merseyside Councils within the LCRCA is:

  2021/22 Levy
(£ thousand)
2021/22 Levy
(£ thousand)
Knowsley 10,279 10,563
Liverpool 33,924 34,669
Sefton 18,828 19,111
St Helens 12,302 12,545
Wirral 22,071 22,464
Total 97,404 99,352

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 £3.24 million for 2022/23.

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

After a decade of austerity, one of my main priorities as Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner is to help Merseyside Police rebuild and that is what I am focused on delivering.

In the last two years, 665 new police officers have been recruited.
Some are already walking the beat, keeping our communities safe and the rest will join them very soon, preventing crime, protecting the public and maintaining safety.

We remain 456 police officers short of the number we had back in 2010.
We need to find a further £3 million of cuts in the year ahead, and we predict we will have to find a further £13.7 million of savings by 2026/27. With these challenges, setting a balanced budget for our police service has been no easy task.

While I was very reluctant to ask you as taxpayers to contribute a little extra to support policing, I’m grateful to have had your backing through my public consultation and that of the body which scrutinises my work, the Police and Crime Panel.

Thanks to your support, we will be able to maintain those 665 new police officer posts, protect PCSO and police staff jobs and put Merseyside Police in the best possible position to keep our communities safe in the year ahead.

In return, I promise to continue to lobby the Government at every chance I get to provide the funding for our missing 456 officers, and I will also work to secure extra grants and funding for our region wherever I can.

I will also hold the Chief Constable to account to ensure we maximise every penny of this budget delivering on the shared priorities set out in my Police and Crime Plan to keep you safe.

Thank you for playing a vital role in helping us to build a Safer Merseyside.

Emily Spurrell
Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside

Police and Crime Commissioner budget

How the money is spent:

2021/22 
(£ million)
  2022/23
(£ million)
187.614 Police Officer Pay 199.138
53.436 Police Pensions 55.631
76.295 Police Staff Pay 79.694
11.966 Police Staff Pensions 11.429
1.332 Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner 1.427
8.273 PCC Controlled Expenditure 7.123
50.717 Other 59.092
389.633 Gross Expenditure 413.534

Where the money comes from:

Source 2021/22 £ million 2022/23 £ million
Police General Grant (270.671) (286.573)
Council Tax Grants (15.641) (15.641)
Council Tax Requirement (84.682) (89.812)
Collection Fund Deficit / (Surplus) 1.256 (0.472)
Specific Government Grants (17.732) (15.994)
Income (2.790) (2.790)
Net Contribution to/(from) Reserves 627,000 (2.252)
Total Funding (389.633) (413.534)

Why has the Council Tax requirement changed?

  £ million
COUNCIL TAX REQUIREMENT 2021/22 (84.682)
Increase in Tax Base (1.339)
Increase in Band D Equivalent (3.791)
COUNCIL TAX REQUIREMENT 2022/23 (89.812)
2021/22   2022/23 Increase
373,099 Tax Base (Band D Equivalent properties 379,001 5,902
£226.97 Increase in Tax Base £236.97 £10.00

How to contact us

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Council Tax
Wirral Council
PO Box 290
Wallasey
Wirral
CH27 9FQ

Automated 24-hour telephone payment line: 0151 606 2345

Find out all you need to know about Council Tax on our website


Data Protection

Information that you provide us will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679. As an Authority, we have a duty to protect the public funds which we administer and we may use the information held about you for the prevention and detection of fraud.

This may include, but not be limited to, matching Council Tax data with Electoral Registration records. The Council may also use the information you provide for the purpose of performing any of its statutory enforcement duties. When necessary we may share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds.

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