The amount of council t
ax payable is not affected by how many services a householder receives; it is a contribution towards the cost of all the council’s services, including Adult Social Care, Children’s Services, education, highways, street lighting, waste disposal, parks, sports centres, libraries etc., and also towards the police, fire and rescue services.
Your council t
ax is calculated by adding together the money needed by:
- the Council;
- the Combined Authority (replacing the Integrated Transport Authority);
- the Environment Agency;
- Police and Crime Commissioner West Yorkshire;
- West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority and
- your parish/town council (if you have one)
For a table that shows how the total needed from Council Tax is calculated and how the 2016/17 Council Taxes for Leeds City Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Fire and Rescue Authority compare to those for previous year, you can find a downloadable PDF 'Balancing the Books' (PDF 13KB) in the Documents section on this page.
The 2016/17 Council Tax includes an additional 2% Adult Social Care precept to help fund essential adult social care services. This ‘precept’ was suggested by central government to meet the increased demand and growing pressure on social care budgets. For further information on adult social care funding, please see the Statement concerning adult social care funding document (PDF 60.7KB) in the Documents section.
Each domestic property (such as a house, flat or bungalow) is placed in a Council Tax band by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). Council Tax bands are a range of property values which range from A to H. These bands are not based on today’s house prices, but on what the property might have sold for on 1 April 1991.
If you disagree with your band you need to contact the Valuation Office Agency at:
Valuation Office Agency
53 Portland Street
Telephone: 03000 501 501
Don’t wait to get a reminder, summons or visit from a Bailiff, as things will only get worse and you could end up with additional fees to pay on top of your council tax.
We can help so please contact us now.
Council tax is a priority debt, along with rent, mortgage, gas, electricity, maintenance and courts fines. This means it must be paid before non-priority debts, which are credit or store card, unsecured personal loans, bank over drafts, credit/interest free/hire purchase agreements, catalogue debts and money borrowed from family and friends.
Contact us at the earliest opportunity, by telephone, email, letter or in person:
- Online - go to the email link in Contact Us and fill in the online form but please remember to provide your name, full address and phone number
- Telephone - 0113 222 4404 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
- By Post - Leeds City Council, Revenues & Benefits, PO Box 60, Leeds, LS2 8JR
- In Person - Visit your nearest community hub or one stop centre. Locate your nearest hub or centre by visiting the Where I Live page and entering your postcode
What can we do to help you?
We can offer arrangements to pay weekly, fortnightly or monthly and we may be able to extend your payments over a longer period.
We are working in partnership with local independent advice agencies who offer help and free advice. For more information and a list of your local agencies, visit the Serious Debt Problems & Debt Advice page or download the Overcoming Financial difficulty booklet (1.1MB) from the Documents section.