2017/18 Council Tax Band Changes
The Scottish Government has introduced legislation which changes the calculation of Council Tax bills for properties in Bands E to H. This comes into force on 1 April 2017 and we must use this legislation to calculate Council Tax for these bands.
The amount of Council Tax that you pay is based on your house’s valuation band, with the amount payable for each band being calculated in proportion to Band D. For example, a Band E house in 2016/17 pays 11/9ths more than Band D. So if the Band D charge is £1,135, the Band E charge is £1,387.20 (£1,135 x 11/9 = £1,387.20).
The new proportions used from 2017/18 to calculate the Council Tax charge for properties in Band E to H are shown in the table below. We've also detailed the previous proportions and the percentage increase in Bands E to H following this change in legislation.
No change has been made to these proportions for properties in Bands A to D, and you can view the 2017/18 Council Tax charges for these bands.
The Scottish Water charges for water and wastewater, which are included in your Council Tax bill, will also continue to be charged using the same calculations as previous years.
Low income household
The Scottish Government has amended the Council Tax reduction scheme to help households with limited incomes and less than £16,000 in savings. Assistance is available to:
• single person households with net income of up to £16,750; and
• all other households with net income of up to £25,000
If your household is eligible you can apply for Council Tax reduction. If you already receive Council Tax reduction then you don't need to re-apply; your 2017/18 Council Tax annual demand notice will include your reduction award. If you have not already claimed Council Tax reduction and you think that you may now qualify, following this change to the calculation of the bands, please complete one of our application forms so that we may assess your entitlement.
Council Tax demand notices
We expect the 2017/18 Council Tax demand notices will be issued around mid-March 2017 and these will include the Scottish Government multiplier changes, your Council Tax charge, any entitlement to Council Tax reduction and Scottish Water charges.