Use the links below to find the information you need:
- Council Tax Energy Rebate
- Who you pay Council Tax to
- How your Council Tax is spent
- Council Tax charges
- Help to pay your Council Tax bill
- Get your Council Tax bill by email or pay online
- Council Tax Valuation and Banding
- Find your Council Tax band
- Appeal your Council Tax valuation
The Government is providing a £150 one-off Energy Bills Rebate for most households in council tax bands A-D.
The Government has also published a factsheet addressing some of the most common queries about the Council Tax Energy rebate.
When will I get the £150?
We have paid £4.3million to 29,000 households in Council Tax Bands A to D that qualify for the payment. These were paid at the end of May.
If you live in a property in Council Tax Band A to D and pay your Council Tax using another method, then you will be able to claim the payment through the Post Office with a special voucher which will be sent to you. The Post Office began sending these vouchers out from 23 June and it will take about two weeks to complete delivery.
We are aware in other parts of the country there are reports of people receiving phone calls from fraudsters claiming to be from ‘the council’ asking for bank details. We will not be collecting bank details we do not have on record in this way.
If you receive one of these calls you should not give out any information and put the phone down. You can report scams using the Action Fraud website (opens new window).
You can use our My Local Area search to check which Council Tax Band your property is in if you are not sure.
Energy Rebate Discretionary fund
We have been given just over £270,000 from the Government to run a discretionary fund for households in need who would not otherwise be eligible for a Council Tax Rebate or may need extra support. Each council is free to set its own qualifying criteria for its discretionary scheme.
Under our discretionary scheme the following households will receive support:
- Households in Council Tax Bands E to H who are claiming Council Tax Support will receive a one-off payment of £150. About 331 households will qualify for this payment.
- Any household not liable for Council Tax but that can provide evidence they are responsible for energy bills will get a single payment of £150. Where there are multiple households in a single property, the payment will be divided equally between the number of households. For Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO) the £150 payment will be divided by the number of available bedrooms and no payment will be made for any rooms that are unoccupied.
- Any household in Council Tax Bands A to H and already receiving the maximum reduction in their Council Tax – 80% for people of working age and 100% for those of pension age – will get a one-off top up payment. How much this will be will be determined once payments have been made to the other two groups.
Some of these payments may be made automatically if we have bank details on file or you may have to apply.
We will release more information – and any application form if necessary – by the middle of July.
Does this mean I don’t have to pay my Council Tax bill?
No, you must continue to pay your Council Tax bill on the dates shown.. If you are struggling to pay, find out more about support to pay your Council Tax.
Properties that qualify for the Energy Bills Rebate
Guidance from the Government confirms that a one-off payment will be paid to every household that occupies a property and meets one of the following criteria on 1 April 2022:
- the property is in Council Tax bands A-D and is someone’s sole or main residence
- the property is in bands A-D and is exempt from Council Tax under one of the following classes:
- class N - occupied solely by full-time students
- class S - occupied by people under the age of 18
- class U - occupied by someone who is severely mentally impaired
- class W - an occupied annexe
- the person(s) who is liable to pay the Council Tax (or would be if the property wasn't exempt) is not a local authority, a corporate body or other body such as a housing association, the Government or governmental body
- the property is a band E property that has a disabled person's reduction applied, effectively reducing the band to a band D
Households that don't pay Council Tax as a result of Council Tax Support will still be eligible for the payment.
Properties that do not qualify for the Energy Bills Rebate
Unoccupied properties that are unfurnished will not be eligible.
Unoccupied properties that are furnished, have no permanent residents and are a second home will not be eligible.
You pay Council Tax to five different organisations. Each one charges a different amount for their services. These different amounts are added together to make your total Council Tax bill. Wychavon is responsible for collecting the money and passing it on to these other organisations.
In this area you pay Council Tax to these organisations.
Worcestershire County Council
For every pound you pay in Council Tax, 73p is given to Worcestershire County Council. This pays for services including, but not limited to, adult social care, looked after children, road and path maintenance, libraries and waste disposal.
West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner
In 2022/23 you will pay 13p in every pound to the West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner. This is to help fight crime and keep communities safe.
Wychavon District Council
We keep just 6p in every pound you give us in Council Tax. This funds services including waste and recycling collections, planning services, business support, housing, parks, public toilets, elections, community safety and much more.
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
The fire service get 5p out of every pound of Council Tax. Your money helps to support the work of this service including tackling fires, dealing with road traffic collisions and responding to major emergencies like flooding.
Every area in Wychavon has a town or parish council. 3p in every pounds goes to them. The services they run vary but they can include parks/playgrounds, allotments, cemeteries, bus shelters, Christmas lights and they also comment on planning applications.
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 expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to approval of the House of Commons.
The offer was renewed for the financial year 2022-23, allowing an additional 3% increase for adult social care, of which 2% was carried forward from 2021/22.
We are freezing our share of the Council Tax bill for the fifth year in a row. This means by March 2023 you, our residents, will have benefitted by keeping £1.9milllion in your pockets.
The amount you pay may still rise though as other organisations may raise their part of the bill. You can get support to pay your Council Tax bill depending on your circumstances.
Through good financial management and wise investment decisions, we can keep our Council Tax on hold while continuing to
deliver high quality services to you.
Our Corporate Strategy explains the things we will invest our resources in to make our district even better. Your Council Tax is an important part of that. Find out more by reading the Wychavon corporate strategy.
Our priority is to support the district to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic by continuing to invest in the things that matter to you – our economy, our environment, and our communities.
Our corporate strategy guides this work and includes a range of ambitious targets and actions, which we call promises. On top of this we have our Intelligently Green Plan which is leading our work on helping to tackle climate change.
Some things we have done since April 2021:
- Opened our new business support hub The Pillar to help new start-ups and microbusinesses to grow.
- Paid £24.8m in business support grants to local businesses during the pandemic in 2021.
- Secured £283,000 to invest in boosting apprenticeships and training opportunities across Wychavon, in partnership with our
neighbouring council Malvern Hills District Council.
- Invested more than £75,000 supporting promotion of local businesses and our town centres to support their recovery following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.
- Opened a new £1.4m 3G pitch and pavilion at Evesham United and began work on a £2.3m community sports hub in Droitwich.
- Made another £1m available for community projects with lasting benefits for residents on top of £3m already committed.
- Delivered 210 affordable homes.
- Opened our new youth homelessness project in Evesham.
- Delivered a speech and language programme in 45 schools and early years settings.
- Supported the creation of the Pershore health and wellbeing hub.
- Created new wildlife and pollinator habitats in our parks and open spaces.
- Contributed £150,000 to the Wyre Road, Pershore Active Travel Corridor which enabled construction to start in 2021.
- Paid nearly £400,000 to support foodbanks, voluntary organisations, schools, and youth providers during the
pandemic in 2021.
- Awarded £3m to improve the energy efficiency of fuel poor homes across the district.
New promises for 2022/23
Every year we renew our strategy and plans to make sure we are still prioritising the things that matter to you and make new
We have added new commitments to our existing promises for 2022/23. They are:
- Work with councils in Stratford and Warwick and the Heart of England Forest on a £725,000 bid to fund a major tree planting scheme to help tackle climate change and support biodiversity.
- Invest more in sports and leisure facilities in Badsey, Bretforton, Pershore and Inkberrow by 31 March 2025.
- Support low-income households to improve energy efficiency.
- Work with partners to map community facilities so we can target our future funding and support by March 2024.
- Promote Wychavon’s visitor offer to increase the amount people spend in the district by 10% above pre-Covid levels by 31 March 2025.
- Investigate the use of alternative low carbon fuels, including hydrotreated vegetable oil, for waste collection vehicles by March 2024.
- Create a £15,000 fund to support communities to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.
- Release £3.7m to support new affordable housing schemes
More detailed information on how other organisations that charge Council Tax spend your money is available below:
- Worcestershire County Council website (opens in new window)
- West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner website (opens in new window)
- Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Authority (opens in new window)
A new vision for our Town Centres
Our town centres are going through many changes, driven by changing consumer habits as more of us shop online. In future our high streets will be less about shops and more about providing places for people to live, a place to bring people together for events and to socialise and enjoy experiences that cannot be bought online.
That doesn’t mean there won’t be a place for retail, particularly high-quality independent businesses. But the town centres we know today will be different in the future.
To help our town centres adapt to these changes, we have produced three town centre investment plans for Droitwich Spa, Evesham and Pershore, called prospectuses.
They set out a potential blueprint for how each area could develop over the next 20 years.
They include everything from changing the way people and vehicles move around our town centres to identifying high quality
development sites that have the potential to drive change.
We will use these plans to work with various landowners and to attract investment from the private and public sector.
We don’t have a timeline for delivering these plans as not all the sites and projects identified are owned by us. But we will use them to guide our investment and actions as opportunities become available.
You can check your Council Tax band and the annual charge for your property (opens in new window) using Wychavon's My Local Area search. This information will also be on your Council Tax bill.
If you are unsure which band a property is in you can find out by going to the Valuation Office Agency website (opens in new window) and searching the Council Tax lists pages.
The charges shown assume that no discounts or exemptions apply. To see if you or the property would qualify for a discount or exemption please go to our Council Tax discounts and exemptions page.
If you cannot find the information you require then please contact our Council Tax team.
Depending on your circumstances you may qualify for help with paying your Council Tax bill. Visit our Council Tax Support page for more information.
You may also qualify for certain discounts and exemptions on your Council Tax bill.
You can now get your Council Tax bill straight to your inbox as well as make payments online. Sign up for a Council Tax self-service account.
Most residential properties are subject to Council Tax. There will be one bill per property, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, and whether it is owned or rented.
Each property has been placed in one of eight bands according to its open market capital value at 1 April 1991 and this is based on certain assumptions:
- vacant possession
- a freehold interest or;
- if a flat, a 99 year leasehold at a nominal rental and
- the property being in a reasonable state of repair.
The bands are as follows:
- Band A up to £40,000
- Band B between £40,001 and £52,000
- Band C between £52,001 and £68,000
- Band D between £68,001 and £88,000
- Band E between £88,001 and £120,000
- Band F between £120,001 and £160,000
- Band G between £160,001 and £320,000
- Band H more than £320,000
Your Council Tax bill will tell you which band applies to your property.
You can inspect the Valuation List on the Valuation Office Agency website or at a Wychavon Community Contact Centre in Droitwich Spa, Evesham and Pershore.
You can check your Council Tax band or rate using My Local Area (opens in new window) by putting in your postcode into the database.
If you think you have been placed in the wrong Council Tax band then you can challenge it by contacting the Valuation Office Agency. Visit challenge your council tax band on the Government's website (opens in new window) for more information on how to do this.
You can also find more information on Wychavon's appeal your Council Tax page.