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.

Find out more about your Council Tax bill

How is Council Tax calculated?

Council Tax is made up of several charges:

  • a charge for Wirral Council services
  • an additional charge for Adult Social Care
  • a charge for the Liverpool City Region combined authority
  • a charge for Merseyside Police services
  • a charge for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority services

The table below gives a breakdown of these charges for each property band for 2019-20.

  Wirral Council Adult Social Care City Region Police Fire and Rescue  Total
A £944.07 £71.54 £12.67 £134.65 £52.56 £1,215.49
B £1,101.42 £83.46 £14.78 £157.09 £61.32 £1,418.07
C £1,258.76 £95.39 £16.89 £179.53 £70.08 £1,620.65
D £,1,416.11 £107.31 £19.00 £201.97 £78.84 £1,823.23
E £1,730.80 £131.15 £23.22 £246.85 £96.36 £2,228.38
F £2,045.49 £155.00 £27.44 £291.73 £113.88 £2,633.54
G £2,360.18 £178.85 £31.67 £336.62 £131.40 £3,038.72
H £2,832.22 £214.62 £38.00 £403.94 £157.68 £3,646.46

An explanation of each of these charges is given below.

Why has the charge for Wirral Council increased in 2019-20?

For 2019-20 the Council Tax charge for Wirral Council has increased by 2.99% on the previous year.

This is a combination of the increase of the charges for council services and Adult Social Care. It includes a rounding to 3%.

The Adult Social Care charge has not increased.

Example of how 2019-20 Council Tax for a Band D property is calculated

2018-19  Band D council services charge £1,371.88
2018-19  Band D Adult Social Care charge £107.31
Total charge for council services plus Adult Social Services   £1,479.19
2.99% increase of total charge £44.23
2018-19 total charge of £1479.19 plus £44.23 £1,523.42

Council Tax calculation for all bands

2018-19 charges

Property band Wirral Council charge Adult Social Care charge Total
A £914.59 £71.54 £986.13
B £1,067.02 £83.46 £1,150.48
C £1,219.45 £95.39 £1,341.84
D £1,371.88 £107.31 £1,479.19
E £1,676.74 £131.15 £1,807.89
F £1,981.60 £155.00 £2,136.60
G £2,286.47 £178.85 £2,465.32
H £2,743.76 £214.62 £2,958.38

2019-20 charges

Property band 2.99% increase Wirral Council charge (2.99% increase) Adult Social Care charge (0% increase) Total
A £29.48 £944.07 £71.54 £1,015.61
B £34.40 £1,101.42 £83.46 £1,184.88
C £39.31 £1,258.76 £95.39 £1,354.15
D £44.23 £,1,416.11 £107.31 £1,523.42
E £54.06 £1,730.80 £131.15 £1,861.95
F £63.89 £2,045.49 £155.00 £2,200.49
G £73.71 £2,360.18 £178.85 £2,539.03
H £88.46 £2,832.22 £214.62 £3,046.84

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.

Within the flexibilities currently offered by Government, Wirral Council has chosen to levy the precept as 2% in 2016-17 and 3% in both 2017-18 and 2018-19. This means no % increase in this precept is being made in 2019-20 under the current arrangements. The Adult Social Care precept will therefore continue to be charged at the same level in 2019-20 as in 2018-19.

Liverpool City Region Mayoral Precept

For the first time in 2019-20, your Council Tax will contribute to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority which is working to promote further jobs, inclusive growth and investment across the area.

To enable the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority to continue to deliver projects for the city region, such as ultra-fast digital connectivity, a Mayoral Transport Plan, an apprenticeship portal, and to ensure its long-term financial sustainability, the 2019-20 budget will be funded through a Liverpool City Region Mayoral precept as shown on the 2019-20 bill, based on the Council Tax Band for your property. 

Find out more on the Liverpool City Region website

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner precept and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority precept

The cumulative annual Council Tax charge for 2019-20 also includes an increase for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority services Fire and Police as shown on your Council Tax bill.