Budgets and finance
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, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority determine as their own precepts.
The council has set a Council Tax requirement of £187.1 million for 2020/21.
We have taken into account the general purpose government support, and locally retained business rates of £202 million.
We have set our own share of the total council tax for a band D property at £1,715.90 which is an increase of 3.99% compared to 2019/20. This includes a 2% 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 £211.97 (4.95% increase from 2019/20) and £80.40 (1.98% increase from 2019/20). An additional precept of £19 per year for a band D property has been set by the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. This is unchanged since 2019/20.
The total band D council tax set for Liverpool will therefore be £2,027.27.