How Council Tax is worked out

Your Council Tax bill for 2018-19

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. Last year Greater Manchester's new elected Mayor became 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 new mayor, 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:

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 5.94%.

The extra money charged is then split between the Bury Council part and the Adult Social Care Precept. This year the increase is divided so that:

  • a 2.94% rise in the Council elements goes to the Bury Council part
  • a 3.00% rise in the Council elements goes to the Adult Social Care precept

Your bill also shows that the total amount of Council Tax you are charged has increased by 6.4%. This takes into account increases to the Mayoral Precepts as well as those to the Bury Council elements.

The Council Tax for 2018-19 was set at the Council meeting on 21 February 2018.

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