On Thursday (22 March 2017) the Welsh Government published its annual statistical release on Council tax levels, this follows local authorities and Police and Crime Commissioners setting their budgets for 2017-18. The release collates changes to council tax across Wales and breaks down its constituent elements. This blog provides a summary of the data.
Council tax is usually compared by looking at the average price paid for band D properties. For 2017-18, the average price of a band D property in Wales will rise by £46, from £1,374 to £1,420. An average overall increase of 3.3%.
Local authorities, Police and Crime Commissioners and community councils all levy council tax (with local authorities the “billing authority” responsible for collection). Of the total £1,420 average band D council tax, local authorities will receive £1,162 (81.8%), community councils £32 (2.2%, average across county) and Police £227 (16%).
In 2017-18, the largest increase in overall council tax will be in Powys, where the combined local authority, community council and Police increase is £62 (4.7%), the largest percentage increase in council tax is in Pembrokeshire, where council tax will rise by 5.3% (£56). Pembrokeshire currently has the lowest charge for a band D property (£1,128); Blaenau Gwent has the highest (£1,754).
The average increase by local authorities (including community councils but excluding police) will be £35 (3.1%). The highest percentage increase is in Pembrokeshire (4.9%) with the lowest in Caerphilly (1%). In terms of cash increases, the highest increase is in Monmouthshire (£52) with the lowest in Caerphilly (£10).
Police and Crime Commissioners are increasing their precept by between £9 and £14 or 3.8% and 6.9%. Dyfed-Powys has the highest increase in both cash and percentage terms.
Further statistical information regarding council tax is available on the Welsh Government statistical website StatsWales