Council Tax rates for 2020-21


Council Tax in 2020-21
Valuation bandProperty value on 1 April 1991Council Tax amount
A£40,000 or less£1274.19
B£40,001 to £52,000£1486.56
C£52,001 to £68,000£1698.92
D£68,001 to £88,000£1911.30
E£88,001 to £120,000£2336.02
F£120,001 to £160,000£2760.76
G£160,001 to £320,000£3185.49
H£320,001 or more£3822.60

Details of previous year's Council Tax charges can be found in the downloads section at the bottom of this page

Valuation bands

Each property is valued, and placed into one of eight bands by the Valuation Office Agency. This determines how much Council Tax you pay. The bandings relate to value of a property on the open market on 1 April 1991 and not to current property prices. For new properties the Valuation Office Agency work out what their value would have been in 1991.

Find the valuation band for your property

If you think your property is in the wrong valuation band there is a right of appeal.

Council Tax for properties empty for more than 2 years

There is a higher rate of Council Tax for properties which have been empty and unfurnished for more than two years. This is to encourage their owners to bring them back into use. An extra 100% is charged on top of the full amount of Council Tax for properties empty between 2 and 5 years, and an extra 200% is charged for properties empty more than 5 years.

Discover how we can help if you have an empty property

Your Council Tax bill for 2020-21 

Bury Council provides schools, social services for adults and children, bin collections, street cleaning, leisure services, libraries, parks, parking and many other local services. Most of the Council Tax we collect is used to pay for these services.

On your bill there are two categories relating to the Council:

  • Bury Council - main part of the Council Tax used for all the services we provide
  • Adult Social Care - introduced in 2016 this is a portion of the Council Tax earmarked for providing social care for adults

We also collect money to pay for regional services in Greater Manchester. Greater Manchester's elected Mayor is responsible for setting these amounts. All councils in the region make a similar contribution.

  • Mayoral Police and Crime Commissioner Precept - pays towards policing in the region
  • Mayoral General Precept - most of this money goes towards providing a regional Fire and Rescue Service. This precept also includes a contribution to fund the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the functions he is responsible for.

Your bill also shows the amounts you paid towards these services last year.

More information about how your money funds regional services in Greater Manchester is available at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority's web site.

What do the percentage increase figures on my bill mean?

The government says that:

  • there are limits on the amount Bury Council can increase your bill by
  • we have to tell by how much your bill has increased

The Council is allowed to increase the Bury Council and Adult Social Care Precept parts of your bill. This year the total increase for these two parts is 3.94%.

Your bill also shows that the total amount of Council Tax you are charged has increased by 4.7%. This takes into account increases to the Mayoral Precepts as well as those to the Bury Council elements.

The Council Tax for 2020-21 was set at the Council meeting on 26 February 2020.


Contact for Council Tax