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Your Council Tax

For the year 2022/23

Find out what your Council Tax pays for and how your bill is calculated.

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 and Rescue Service plus some is used by the parish and town councils. Only 10% of what you pay is used to fund borough council services, which on average is 53p per day.

Here is a breakdown of each £ collected and where it goes

  • Kent Police 11p
  • Parishes 3p
  • Kent Fire and Rescue 4p
  • Tunbridge Wells Borough Council 10p
  • Kent County Council 72p

Find out about the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner precept increases for 2022/23 on the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner website.

Find out about the Kent Fire and Rescue Service increases for 2022/23 on the Kent Fire and Rescue Service website.

Referendum Limits

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 2022/23 the limits allowed Kent County Council to increase their Council Tax by up to 3 per cent, comprising a core 2 per cent plus an extra 1 per cent provided this is attributable to funding adult social care.

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.

Kent Police and Crime Commissioner have a limit of £10 which is 4.6 per cent increase over the previous year.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has a limit of £5 which is 2.65 per cent increase over the previous year.

Kent Fire and Rescue Service have a limit of 2 per cent increase over the previous year.

There are no set limits of increasing Council Tax for parish and town councils.

The table summarises, for each Council Tax band, the amount of Council Tax allocated to each of the organisations described above.

Kent County Council
(excl. Social Care Precept)
Kent County Council (incl. Social Care Precept)* Tunbridge Wells Borough Council Kent Police and Crime Commissioner Kent Fire and Rescue Service Total Council Tax (excluding Special Expenses and parish precepts)
A 858.66 974.16 91.89 152.10 54.90 1,273.05
B 1,001.77 1,136.52 107.20 177.45 64.05 1,485.22
C 1,144.88 1,298.88 122.52 202.80 73.20 1,697.40
D 1,287.99 1,461.24 137.83 228.15 82.35 1,909.57
E 1,574.21 1,785.96 168.46 278.85 100.65 2,333.92
F 1,860.43 2,110.68 199.09 329.55 118.95 2,758.27
G 2,146.65 2,435.40 229.72 380.25 137.25 3,182.62
H 2,575.98 2,922.48 275.66 456.30 164.70 3,819.14

This section gives you a breakdown of our income and expenditure.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council’s financial position remains sound but further significant pressures are ahead. The level of Council Tax reflects the need to deliver the Council’s priorities and statutory services, and to strike the right balance with fees and charges and Council Tax payers.

After over a decade of austerity and with Revenue Support Grant from the Government being reduced to zero the Council has had to operate on a very lean base. The impact of the pandemic has significantly reduced the income the Council receives from sales, fees and charges whilst additional pressure from demand for services and high inflation have stretched the Council finances.

The Council’s budget strategy of using reserves rather than cuts to services at least until the government comes forward with a multi-year finance settlement was overwhelmingly supported by the public. This approach will also give time for the impact from the pandemic to settle and to understand the demand and willingness of the public to pay for local services. This evidence can then be used to make informed decisions on services that can be afforded over the medium-term.

The government has developed a universal benchmark indicator called ‘Spending Power’ to measure the revenue available to provide local services. Tunbridge Wells Borough Council has one of the lowest levels of Spending Power in Kent at just £252 per household and therefore must continue to seek further value for money in the services that are delivered. Despite operating in one of the most expensive parts of the country combined with inflationary pressures and a rising population.

Borough General Council Tax for a Band D property. The average general Council Tax for a Band D property will be £137.83 for 2022/23 across the borough.

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council also provides certain services in Capel, Southborough, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Rusthall for the benefit of those residents for which the Council levies a special expense charge only on Council Tax payers in those respective areas. This expenditure is included in the Council’s revenue budget.





Tax Rate
Band D

Capel 0 2 2 2.27
RTW 2268 71 2339 120.03
Rusthall 103 6 109 69.45
Southborough 0 24 24 5.78




Tax Rate
Band D

Capel 0 2 2 2.33
RTW 2375 83 2458 123.20
Rusthall 106 7 119 71.29
Southborough 0 26 26 5.93

The amount of Council Tax you pay will vary where parish and town councils have issued a precept to the borough council.


Tax Rate Band
D dwelling


Tax Rate Band
D dwelling
Benenden 39,650 43.69 40,930 43.82
Bidborough 61,272 112.06 70,560 128.58
Brenchley and Matfield 125,000 87.84 132,900 91.05
Capel 68,918 75.10 73,225 78.10
Cranbrook and Sissinghurst 351,603 134.35 372,956 139.34
Frittenden 17,000 42.93 17,000 41.80
Goudhurst 195,000 146.24 210,000 154.85
Hawkhurst 232,475 114.33 249,321 118.69
Horsmonden 95,830 94.14 95,820 92.07
Lamberhurst 53,500 72.70 57,000 77.05
Paddock Wood 460,593 155.65 500,977 161.25
Pembury 228,497 101.06 243,624 106.11
Rusthall 79,000 50.52 79,000 49.63
Sandhurst 73,980 126.85 80,000 132.44
Southborough 541,429 128.20 597,245 138.28
Speldhurst 155,250 65.59 166,600 69.11

See here for contact details for parish and town budget information

Parish and Town Precepts (exceeding £140,000)

Cranbrook and Sissinghurst

2021/22 Gross Spending £000's 2021/22 Net Spending £000's 2022/23 Gross Spending £000's 2022/23 Net Spending £000's
Street Lighting 18 18 19 19
Recreation 87 85 96 94
Other Services 289 248 307 260
Transfer to/(from) reserves     
Total 394351422373


2021/22 Gross Spending £000's 2021/22 Net Spending £000's 2022/23 Gross Spending £000's 2022/23 Net Spending £000's
Street Lighting     
Recreation 29 18 54 54
Other Services 194 194 171 161
Transfer to/(from) reserves   (17)   (5)
Total 394351422373


2021/22 Gross Spending £000's 2021/22 Net Spending £000's 2022/23 Gross Spending £000's 2022/23 Net Spending £000's
Street Lighting     
Recreation 59 41 50 40
Other Services 191 191 277 209
Transfer to/(from) reserves     
Total 250232327249

Paddock Wood

2021/22 Gross Spending £000's 2021/22 Net Spending £000's 2022/23 Gross Spending £000's 2022/23 Net Spending £000's
Street Lighting 2 2 2 2
Recreation 289 254 313 296
Other Services 284 206 240 226
Transfer to/(from) reserves     (23)
Total 250232327249


2021/22 Gross Spending £000's 2021/22 Net Spending £000's 2022/23 Gross Spending £000's 2022/23 Net Spending £000's
Street Lighting 3 3 3 3
Recreation 19 15 19 13
Other Services 246 206 244 211
Transfer to/(from) reserves   4   17
Total 268228266244


2021/22 Gross Spending £000's 2021/22 Net Spending £000's 2022/23 Gross Spending £000's 2022/23 Net Spending £000's
Recreation 415 292 431 261
Other Services 310 249 400 337
Transfer to/(from) reserves     
Total 725541831598


2021/22 Gross Spending £000's 2021/22 Net Spending £000's 2022/23 Gross Spending £000's 2022/23 Net Spending £000's
Recreation 27 26 27 26
Other Services 136 129 158 226140
Transfer to/(from) reserves     
Total 163155185166
2021/22 Spending £000's 2021/22 Per Head £ 2022/23 Spending £000's 2022/23 Per Head £
Tunbridge Wells BC Budget (Net) 12,671 106.75 13,776 115.86
Town and Parish Precepts 2,779 23.41 2,987 25.12
Financed by Government Grants 4,171 35.14 4,626 38.91
Financed by Collection Fund Surplus/(deficit) (64) (0.54) 145 1.21
Financed by Council Tax 11,343 95.56 11,992 100.86

Summary of Revenue Budget

These figures exclude the re-allocation of overhead costs, including support service costs, departmental administrative costs and fixed asset depreciation charges to front line services. The ‘Other Services’ heading includes corporate management and a contingency provision.

2021/22 Gross Spending £000's 2021/22 Income £000's 2021/22 Net Spending £000's 2022/23 Gross Spending £000's 2022/23 Income £000's 2022/23 Net Spending £000's
Financial Services 5,923 -5,294 629 5,995 -6,222 -227
Shared Services 35,169 -33,211 1,958 29,106 -27,035 2,071
Housing, Health and Environment 11,590 -6,682 4,908 12,142 -6,594 5,548
Economic Development 1,785 -1,361 424 1,715 -1,396 319
Planning and Building Control 2,519 -1,327 1,192 2,702 -1,612 1,090
Other Services 9,358 -3,703 5,655 10,222 -4,073 6,149
Budget sub-total66,344-51,57814,76661,882-46,93214,950
Capital Adjustments 290   290 325   325
Interest   -450 -450   -555 -555
Transfer to/(from) Reserves   -1,935 -1,935   -944 -944
Net budget requirement66,634-53,96312,67162,207-48,43113,776

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.

2022/23 charges

ParishBand ABand BBand CBand DBand EBand FBand GBand H
Brenchley & Matfield£1,333.75£1,556.04£1,778.33£2,000.62£2,445.20£2,889.79£3,334.37£4,001.24
Cranbrook & Sissinghurst£1,365.94£1,593.60£1,821.26£2,048.91£2,504.22£2,959.54£3,414.85£4,097.82
Paddock Wood£1,380.55£1,610.64£1,840.73£2,070.82£2,531.00£2,991.19£3,451.37£4,141.64
Royal Tunbridge Wells£1,355.18£1,581.04£1,806.91£2,032.77£2,484.50£2,936.23£3,387.95£4,065.54

Check your band

12 monthly payments

Council Tax is normally spread over 10 monthly instalments. If you wish to pay your bill over 12 monthly instalments please see our change your bill frequency page.

Direct Debit

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 pay your Council Tax securely through our online payments site.

To make a payment online you will need:

  • a debit or credit card (Visa and Mastercard only)
  • your nine digit Council Tax account number

Pay online

Telephone payments

Payments can be made securely on our automated telephone payment line.

Telephone: 0800 023 7086

Please follow the prompts to make your payment. You will be given a transaction number when your payment is successfully completed.

Bank transfer or standing order

You can make payment through your own online banking by transferring payment to the Council's account or by setting up a regular standing order.

Please ensure you quote your nine digit Council Tax account number on all payments.

Our bank details are:

Bank: Lloyds Bank
Account name: Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Sort Code: 30-00-02
Account Number: 01396914 
IBAN: GB02LOYD30000201396914

Cash payments

Cash payments can be made using the payment kiosk at the Tunbridge Wells Gateway.

Allocation of payments

If you have outstanding Council Tax arrears for a previous year, and your payment does not match the amount outstanding on the current year, your payment may be allocated towards the arrears rather than where you intend. You will need to contact us to let us know which year your payment is for.

Achievements from 2021/2022 from across Tunbridge Wells Borough Council:

  • To keep borough residents informed, the Council has introduced a new weekly email newsletter for residents. Now, with more than 10,000 subscribers, you can also sign up at
  • To gain the views of residents, the Council has introduced TalkingPoint, a new way of consulting on the Council’s initiatives.
  • £1.4m was secured towards the development for The Amelia Scott, a new cultural and learning centre for Tunbridge Wells. The project remains on track and is due to open doors to the public April 2022. For progress updates go to
  • Safely delivered four sets of elections (PCC, KCC, Borough and Parish) against the backdrop of the pandemic and changing restrictions.
  • Undertook Regulation 19 consultation and submitted the Local Plan to the Secretary of State for Independent Examination.
  • Successfully defended an appeal against the refusal of planning permission for 400 houses and a new road in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Hawkhurst.
  • Successfully bid for £1.5m grant to deliver carbon reduction measures for Council building (Depot and Weald Sports Centre) and undertake detailed review of 12 largest assets (Salix bids).
  • A parklet and planter scheme was introduced in Royal Tunbridge Wells, these were well received, and the scheme extended for 18 months.
  • As part of the Queen's Green Canopy Tunbridge Wells Borough Council pledged to plant 700 saplings across the borough. These were successfully distributed to residents, charities and schools. Planting trees is one of the many steps we can take in helping reduce our atmospheric emissions.
  • After setting a commitment to become a carbon neutral Council by 2030 we launched a new website, aimed to educate and inspire residents on this journey.
  • Determined more planning applications in the calendar year 2021 than any in the preceding decade.

Approx £11m of grant + CARF given to businesses during the financial year

houseIf you live in a property in Council Tax bands A to D, you are likely to receive a £150 council tax rebate from the Government to help with the cost of living.

As countries around the world come out of Covid-19 lockdowns, surging demand for energy has meant energy prices have increased. Over the past year, the price of gas alone has quadrupled.

Whilst the problem is global, the effect is being felt by millions of households here in the UK.

The Government has listened to these concerns and it has acted.

Recently, the Government announced that around 20 million households in England in council tax bands A-D will get a £150 rebate from April.

The rebate will not need to be repaid.

Who’s eligible?

Households in council tax bands A-D will receive the £150 council tax rebate.

This means 4 out of 5 households in England will benefit, including around 95% of rented properties. However, second homes or empty properties will not benefit. If you are unsure of your council tax band, check your council tax band via your printed council tax bill, online via the GOV.UK website or contact your local council.

What if my household isn’t eligible?

  • Councils will receive an extra £144 million to provide support to vulnerable households who may not qualify for the £150 council tax rebate.
  • This includes people on low incomes in council tax bands E-H.
  • Your council will provide more detail on how this will operate in your area.

How will my household get its £150?

  • Your council will confirm how the rebate will be paid in your area.
  • For people who pay council tax by direct debit, in most cases, the rebate will go directly into bank accounts. If you don’t already pay by direct debit, you might want to sign up. This will make sure the rebate is paid to you quickly.
  • For those who do not pay council tax via direct debit, your council will confirm how the rebate will be paid to you. Please make sure that communication is from your local council before providing payment details.
  • The rebate will not need to be repaid.

What else is on offer to support households with their energy bills?

  • We are helping to spread the cost of the recent jump in energy prices over several years. £200 of this year’s energy bill will be taken off from October and spread equally over the next 5 years instead, easing the burden on family budgets. This is not a debt, no interest is charged and no credit ratings are affected.
  • The Warm Home Discount will be expanded, so nearly 3 million low-income households will benefit from a £150 discount.

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