Council tax charges 2023 to 2024

Council tax charges 2023 to 2024

The borough council collects council tax not only for its own purposes but also on behalf of Kent County Council, Kent Police, Kent Fire Rescue Service and parish councils.

In 2023 to 2024, the requirement from a band D property was set for:

  • Borough council: £210.71 (excludes special expenses - see below)
  • Kent County Council: £1,534.23
  • Kent Police: £243.15
  • Kent Fire and Rescue Service: £87.30

Information regarding precepting authorities:

Council tax charges for 2023 to 2024   

Council Tax charges for 2023 to 2024

The National Social Care Levy

Kent County Council's council tax for 2023 to 2024 includes the two per cent National Social Care Levy, which will be used specifically for demand and cost pressures within 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 to 2017. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019 to 2020. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

Special expenses

Local services are generally provided by the local parish or town council who have a separate charge on the council tax bill.

The borough council also provides some local services in some parished arears and all local services in Tonbridge where there is no parish or town council.

Local services provided by the borough council are paid for by the special expenses charge on the council tax bill. This means that local services are always paid for by local residents whether they live in a parished area or not.