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Council Tax levels

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  • Release date: 26 March 2015
  • Period covered: 2015-16
  • Next update: 24 March 2016
An annual report which includes details of the levels of average band D council tax by local authority.

Key points

  • Average band D council tax for Wales for 2015-16 is £1,328. This includes £1,088 for county councils, £211 for police and £29 for community councils. Figures for billing authorities, including police elements, vary from £1,029 in Pembrokeshire to £1,635 in Blaenau Gwent.
  • County council increases in band D council tax for 2015-16 average £47 or 4.3% over the previous year. Police increases average £5 or 2.5%. These increases combine to produce an average band D rise of £52 or 4.1%.
  • South Wales Police has the largest band D increase of £10 or 5.0%. Dyfed Powys Police have reduced their band D council tax by £11 or 5.0%.
  • Cardiff and Monmouthshire have the largest band D percentage increases (including community council and police elements) of 5.0%.  Pembrokeshire has the smallest overall band D percentage increase of 2.4%.
  • In England, around 53% of authorities are estimated to freeze council tax in 2015-16 in exchange for additional funding from Central Government. The estimated Band D percentage increase for English authorities is 1.1%.
  • Welsh average band D council tax is 89% of the latest estimated figure of £1,484 for England.


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