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.

Town/parish council

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:

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

Use my local area search to find your Council Tax band and the annual charge for your property. If you are unsure which band a property is in you can find out by going to the Valuation Office Agency website 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 Discounts and exemptions page. You may also be entitled to a reduction by qualifying for benefit.  Please go to our Council Tax Support or Housing Benefits pages for more information. If you cannot find the information you require then please contact our council tax team.

Council Tax Valuation and Banding

Most dwellings are subject to the Council Tax. There will be one bill per dwelling, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, and whether it is owned or rented. Each dwelling 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:

Council Tax Bands

Band Minimum Maximum
A up to £40,000
B £40,001 £52,000
C £52,001 £68,000
D £68,001 £88,000
E £88,001 £120,000
F £120,001 £160,000
G £160,001 £320,000
H £320,001 and above
Your Council Tax bill states which band applies to your dwelling. Please note: This value has been assessed by the Inland Revenue NOT the District Council. The Valuation List can be inspected at Government Buildings, Whittington Road, Worcester, by visiting the Valuation Office Agency website or at our Community Contact Centres at PershoreEvesham & Droitwich. You may be able to appeal against this valuation - see Appeals.

Find your Council Tax band

Find your Council Tax Band by using 'My Local Area' search Using the Wychavon Parish search facility you will be able to find out your Council Tax Band And Rates as well as other useful information including:
  • Domestic Refuse/Recycling and Garden Waste
  • Council Tax and Business Rates
  • Thermal Imagery
  • Cooling Towers
  • Hospitals
  • 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
Aerial photographs are also available from our 1999 dataset and we are working on getting a later version online soon.