Setting the Council Tax

Most of the council’s net revenue expenditure is paid for by government grants and locally retained business rates. The remainder is raised through council tax.

The level of council tax is determined by the scale of the council’s spending plans (budget), the amount of grant received from the government, anticipated income from locally retained business rates and the size and makeup of the housing stock (known as the council tax tax-base).

We then add the amounts that Merseyside Police Authority and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service determine as their own precepts.

2018/19

The council has set a Council Tax requirement of £166.9 million for 2018/19.
We have taken into account the general purpose government support of £73.2 million and locally retained business rates of £186 million.

We have set our own share of the total council tax for a band D property at £1602.16 which is an increase of 5.99% compared to 2017/18. This includes a 3% adult social care precept.

The Merseyside Police Authority and the Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service have set a council tax for a band D property at £177.97 (7.23% increase from 2017/18) and £76.56 (2.99% increase from 2017/18).

The total band D council tax set for Liverpool will therefore be £1,856.69 which is an increase of 5.98% compared to 2017/18.

View information on council tax bands and charges.