Council tax is something that we all have to pay, but you might be surprised to know just how much it can vary across the country, with homeowners at the top end of the scale paying over £1,300 more than those at the bottom!
So, which parts of the country pay the most when it comes to council tax and which have the biggest differences between the different bands?
It turns out that those in rural areas pay a lot more council tax than those in cities, with Rutland, the UK’s smallest county and home to just 40,000 people, paying the highest overall, at £2,125 for a band D property, which is £307 (17%) more than the national average £1,818.
This was followed by Nottingham and Dorset, both of which pay £2,119, and Lewes in East Sussex, at £2,111.
At the other end of the spectrum, who spends the least on council tax? Well, it’s actually those who are living in some of the country’s most expensive areas!
The four cheapest places for council tax were all located in London, with those in Westminster paying as little as £782 for a band D property.
The rest of the cheapest areas were all found in Scotland, where council tax is generally cheaper, although residents do have to pay an extra charge to the council for their public water and sewage alongside their council tax.
How much council tax you pay is based on which ‘band’ your property is assigned into, based on its value, with band A being the cheapest and band H (band I in Wales) being the most expensive. So, in which areas does council tax vary the most based on the house that you’re living in?
Well, in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, the value of your house could see your council tax bill vary by almost £3,000, with those in band A paying £1,168, compared to £4,093 at the higher end!
Data for England was sourced from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Data for Wales was sourced from StatsWales.
Data for Scotland was sourced from each local council’s website.