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Your council tax

Council tax in South Gloucestershire has been frozen for a fifth consecutive year. The council’s element of the council tax bill has been kept at the 2010/11 level again, so on average, there is no increase in 2015/16. Your council tax bill also collects the precepts for the police and fire services. The charges set by the Avon & Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner, and by the Avon Fire Authority, have both increased by 1.99%.

The bill also includes precepts from parish and town councils, and special expenses. There are 47 parish and town councils in South Gloucestershire. In some areas there is no parish or town council. The 47 parish and town councils have set their budgets independently, and while the average increase is 0.9%, the increases range from about -27% to about +21%. One parish set their budget after South Gloucestershire Council met so an estimate was used.

The cost of the council’s services is spread mainly uniformly over the authority’s area. However, in some areas, the parish or town council may provide services which in other parts of the authority are provided by South Gloucestershire Council. The cost of these services, known as special expenses, is charged only to the areas which directly benefit from them. The special expenses costs vary across the 47 parished and the unparished area.

The South Gloucestershire element of the council tax for a Band D property remains unchanged at £1,245.20 on average. With precepts added from the Police & Crime Commissioner, Avon Fire Authority and all 47 Parishes, the average 2015/16 council tax for a Band D property is £1,550.11.

Following a change in council tax legislation, council tax can now be paid over 12 monthly instalments instead of 10. If you wish to pay in 12 instalments, please contact us in writing or telephone 01454 868003.

Information relating to the relevant and  previous financial  years in regard to the gross expenditure of the local authority can be viewed in the Council’s budget section.  If you are unable to print this document and require a hard copy please request in writing to the council or call 01454 868003.

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