Council Tax rates for 2021-22
|Valuation band||Property value on 1 April 1991||Council Tax amount|
|A||£40,000 or less||£1333.94|
|B||£40,001 to £52,000||£1556.27|
|C||£52,001 to £68,000||£1778.59|
|D||£68,001 to £88,000||£2000.92|
|E||£88,001 to £120,000||£2445.57|
|F||£120,001 to £160,000||£2890.21|
|G||£160,001 to £320,000||£3334.86|
|H||£320,001 or more||£4001.84|
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.
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. From April 2021 the Empty Property Premiums are:
- double the full Council Tax charge for properties empty between 2 and 5 years
- 3 times the full Council Tax charge for properties empty between 5 and 10 years
- 4 times the full Council Tax charge for properties empty for more than 10 years
These charges are described on your Council Tax bill as Premium of 100%, 200% and 300% respectively.
Your Council Tax bill for 2021-22
Your Council Tax is made up of 4 parts, which are shown on your bill. Most of the Council Tax is used for the services provided by Bury Council. There are also extra parts of the Council Tax called precepts. These are smaller amounts where the money collected is used for a specific purpose. Your bill shows three precepts.
Bury Council general element - shown as 'Bury Council' on your bill
Bury Council provides schools, social services for adults and children, bin collections, street cleaning, leisure services, libraries, parks, parking and many other local services. The general element of the Council Tax is used to pay for these services.
The government set limits on how much this part of the Council Tax can increase each year. If a council wants to exceed this limit, there must be a local referendum before this can happen. For the financial year 2021/22 the government set a limit of a 2% increase, and Bury Council chose to increase the general element of the Council Tax by 1.94%.
Adult Social Care Precept
This portion of the Council Tax is set by Bury Council, and the money collected is earmarked for the provision of social care for adults in the borough.
The precept was introduced by the government in April 2016. It allowed councils to charge extra Council Tax to meet their expenditure on adult social care, without the requirement to hold a referendum. The government reviews this precept each year and sets a limit on how much extra revenue a Council can raise. This limit is a percentage of the amount of Council Tax charged by the council in the previous year.
Local councils have the final say as to whether they want to set this precept, and if so, how much it will be. For the financial year 2021-22 Bury Council increased this part of the Council Tax by 3% in line with the government's limits.
Once a precept has been set this portion of the Council Tax must remain allocated to adult social care for future years as well. Therefore in 2021-22 the Adult Social Care precept is made up of the amount set for the current financial year plus the amount of the precepts charged since April 2016.
Your Council Tax bill shows the total amount of the precept and the percentage figure used to work out the current year's portion of the precept.
The decision to set the Bury Council general element and the Adult Social Care Precept was taken at the Council meeting on 24 February 2021.
Mayoral Police and Crime Commissioner Precept
This precept is set by the Mayor of Greater Manchester and pays towards policing in the Greater Manchester region. For the financial year 2021-22 the precept increased by 4.8% from the previous year.
Mayoral General Precept (including Fire Services)
This precept is also set by the Mayor of Greater Manchester. The money collected goes towards providing a regional Fire and Rescue Service. It also includes a contribution to fund the mayor, and the functions he is responsible for. For the financial year 2021-22 there was no change in the amount of this precept.
More information about the Mayoral Precepts is available at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority's web site