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 2020-21.

  Wirral Council Adult Social Care City Region Police Fire and Rescue  Total
A £964.29 £91.85 £12.67 £141.31 £53.60 £1,263.72
B £1,125.00 £107.16 £14.78 £164.87 £62.53 £1,474.34
C £1,285.72 £122.47 £16.89 £188.42 £71.47 £1,684.97
D £,1,446.43 £137.78 £19.00 £211.97 £80.40 £1,895.58
E £1,767.86 £168.40 £23.22 £259.07 £98.27 £2,316.82
F £2,089.29 £199.02 £27.44 £306.18 £116.13 £2,738.06
G £2,410.72 £229.63 £31.67 £353.28 £134.00 £3,159.30
H £2,892.86 £275.56 £38.00 £423.94 £160.80 £3,791.16

An explanation of each of these charges is given below.

Why has the charge for Wirral Council increased in 2020-21?

For 2020-21 the Wirral increase is 4%. This is a combination of the increase for the 2020/21 Wirral Council charge 1.99% (rounded to 2%) and the Wirral Adult Social Care charges of  2% on your  Council Tax bill (includes a rounding to 3%).

The cumulative annual Council Tax charge for 2020/210 of 4% also includes a Liverpool City Region Mayoral Precept (the charge remains the same as 2019/20) and a % increase for the Fire and Police. 

Example of how 2020-21 Council Tax for a Band D property is calculated

2019-20  Wirral council services charge (Band D) £1,416.11
2019-20  Adult Social Care charge £107.31
Total 2019-20 Wirral charge £1,523.42
Wirral 1.99% increase of total charge
Adult Social Care precept at 2%
£30.32
(sum of 2019-20 Wirral Council and Adult Social Care £30.47
Total Wirral 2020-21 charge £1,584.21
Liverpool City Region precept £19.00
Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner £211.97
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority £80.40
Total Annual Council Tax Charge 2020-21 £1,895.58

Adult Social Care Precept information

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 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.

Adult Social Care funding

Since 2016, the government has allowed the council to charge an additional amount of Council Tax each year to help cover the cost of Adult Social Care.

Adult social care services include helping people to live independently in their own homes or in residential care where necessary. Adults with physical and learning disabilities are also supported and funded by adult social care. Some people are required to contribute towards the cost of their care if they meet set criteria (for example, their level of savings and income), others need financial support from the council. This extra increase in Council Tax is called the adult social care precept and can only be used to fund adult social care.

For 2020-21 the maximum increase allowed for Adult Social Care Precept was 2%. For Wirral residents the Adult Social Care charge has increased by 2% of the total charge.

The presentation of the Adult Social Care Precept information on Council Tax Bills is prescribed in the ‘Council Tax (Demand Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017’.  

The Regulations state that the Adult Social Care precept amount for 2020-21 must be shown on the Council Tax bill as the total amount that has been raised for adult social care since in 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20 plus the amount raised in 2020-21. In addition, the percentage increase shown must be the 2020-21 Precept divided by the 2019-20 total Council Tax account for Wirral, that is, 2%. 

Liverpool City Region Mayoral Precept

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.

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 2020-21 also includes a percentage 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.