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

Why has Council Tax increased in 2017-18?

For 2017-18 , the Wirral Council part of the Council Tax bill has increased by 1.99% . This is in addition to a further 3% to be spent on Adult Social Care, rounded up to 5%.

Adult Social Care funding

‘The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has 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 is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care.

Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this “precept” at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.’

Your council tax demand notice shows two percentage changes: one for the part of the overall change attributable to the adult social care precept and one for the part attributable to general expenditure.