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Your Council Tax 2020/21

How to pay your Council Tax

Paying by secure Direct Debit is the simplest and easiest way to pay your bill.

  • You can pay over 10 or 12 monthly instalments, pay the full amount in one go or pay half yearly
  • Sign up online and choose either the 1st or 15th of each month to make your payment.
  • You will need your bank details and your Council Tax account number.

Set up a direct debit

You can also pay your Council Tax by cash, standing order, cheque or online find out more.

Unfortunately we are not in a position at present, or for the foreseeable future to process cash or cheque payments due to the health risks presented by COVID-19. If you are unable to pay by another method, please contact us on 01892 526121.

How we spend your money

Most of the Council Tax we collect from you is used for services that are provided by Kent County Council, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and Kent Fire & Rescue Service plus some is used by the parish and town councils.

Council Tax split illustration Find out about the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner precept increases for 2020/21 on the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner website.

Find out about the Kent Fire and Rescue Service increases for 2020/21 on the Kent Fire and Rescue Service website.

Only 10 per cent of what you pay is used to fund borough council services, which is an average of 50p per day find out more.

Limits to Council Tax increases

Although Council Tax is set locally by democratically elected local members at a public meeting of Full Council, the Secretary of State has the power to set a limit above which a referendum must he held. For 2020/21 the limits allowed Kent County Council to increase their Council Tax by up to 4 per cent, comprising a core 2 per cent plus an extra 2 per cent provided this is attributable to funding adult social care. find out more.

Our budget

Our budget is funded from: fees and charges, a small share of business rates, Council Tax and zero Revenue Support Grant from the government. This section gives you a breakdown of our income and expenditure. find out more.

Council Tax breakdown

Your bill will tell you what band you are in and how much you need to pay. Council Tax is calculated based on your band and the area of the borough you live in find out more.

Links & Attachments

Council Tax Leaflet 2020/21

Council Tax Leaflet 2020/21 (with tables designed for screenreaders)

Council Tax 2020/21 explanatory notes

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