During 2021/22 we will spend £13.3 million on services and this will come mostly come from Council Tax and Business Rates.
We have been careful to protect our services as much as possible and keep our costs low so that you don’t feel the pinch.
For the fourth year in a row we are freezing our share of the Council Tax. We can do this because of the success of our Grow, Save, Charge business plan and our strong financial position.
Wychavon’s bill will continue to be the lowest in Worcestershire and one of the lowest in the country.
You may find your total bill still goes up from 1 April 2021 as other organisations that charge Council Tax may have increased their share.
You can read our pdf Your Services 2021-22 leaflet (6.16 MB) for more information or read on.
Who you pay Council Tax to
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:
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 2021/22 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
They 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.
How your Council Tax is spent
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 our corporate strategy.
A detailed explanation of where your money goes will also be available on this page shortly.
During 2020-21 we have mainly been focused on supporting businesses, individuals and communities through the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of the ways we have supported you during this pandemic include:
- Paid out more than £44 million to businesses in support payments
- £55,000 to support the reopening of Droitwich Lido during summer 2020
- £110,000 given to foodbanks to help those in need
- More than £19,000 spent from councillors’ ward budgets to support Covid-19 response and recovery
- £33,448 spent on community Covid-19 support projects
- Provided £17,400 for school breakfast clubs
- Over £10,000 for holiday hunger positive activity schemes
- Paid more than £100,000 to people self-isolating who have lost income
- Kept essential services, including waste and recycling collections, going
- Offered free parking for most of the last 12 months
- Worked with our voluntary and community sector to support the vulnerable
- More than 800 people given extra help to pay their Council Tax
- Supported rough sleepers off the streets and into permanent accommodation
More detailed information on how other organisations that charge Council Tax spend your money is available below:
- Worcestershire County Council
- West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner
- Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Authority
Help to pay your Council Tax bill
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.
Get your Council Tax bill by email or pay online
You can now get your Council Tax bill straight to your inbox as well as make payments online and by signing up for a self-service account.
Check your Council Tax band
You can check your Council Tax band or rate by putting your postcode into our My Local Area 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. There is more advice on how to do this on the Government's challenge your council tax band page.
Additional charge for 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 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 2021-22, allowing an additional 3% increase for adult social care. There is the option to defer some, or all, of this increase to 2022-23.
Council Tax Charges
- pdf pdf The 2021/2022 Council Tax Charges (194 KB) (194 KB)
- pdf pdf The 2020/2021 Council Tax Charges (37 KB) (37 KB)
- pdf pdf The 2019/2020 Council Tax Charges (39 KB) (39 KB)
- pdf pdf The 2018/2019 Council Tax Charges (85 KB) (85 KB)
Council Tax Valuation and Banding
- 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.
Find your Council Tax band
- Domestic Refuse/Recycling and Garden Waste
- Council Tax and Business Rates
- Thermal Imagery
- Cooling Towers
- Planning Applications
- Points of Interest
- Recycling Points
- Telecommunication Masts for 3, O2, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodaphone
- Tourist Information Centres; and
- Wychavon DC and Housing Association Offices