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Council tax exemption scam

If someone visits or calls you and tries to charge you to arrange a council tax reduction or exemption, this is a scam. We don’t charge for this. If this happens to you, note the details of the individuals and don’t hand over any details. Report the incident to the Police on 101.

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Council tax charges and who pays

Who needs to pay council tax?

Normally the person living in the property will pay council tax, providing it is their sole or main residence and they are over 18 years of age. The first person that appears on the list below is responsible for paying council tax:

  • an owner-occupier
  • a tenant
  • a licensee
  • a resident (including squatters)
  • the owner if the property is empty

More than one person may be liable to pay the bill. For example, if they are joint owners or tenants, or are married or living together as though married, then they are held jointly and severally liable to pay council tax.

If the property is empty, then the owner is liable; however, there are some cases where the owner is always liable:

  • houses in multiple occupation, where the residents have separate leases or licences, and only occupy or pay rent for part of the property (eg a bedsit with shared facilities)
  • residential care homes or nursing homes
  • religious communities, such as monks and nuns
  • houses occupied by ministers of religion
  • houses occupied by most asylum seekers

Couples in same-sex relationships are treated the same as those in opposite-sex relationships. This may change who’s liable, and entitlement to some discounts or exemptions may change. If you think you are affected by this or have any queries please contact us on 020 8356 3154 or email .

Can I pay less council tax?

Bills can be exempt, or reduced by a discount of up to 50%, or reduced by the equivalent of one band, for the following reasons:

Council tax charges

To protect front line services, we have increased our share of council tax by 4.99%. This includes 2% to go towards the cost of social care for older and disabled people.

The table below shows you how much the council tax is for 2019/20 for each of the 8 valuation bands.

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We have also shown the charges as 100% of the full amount for people required to pay the full amount of the bill and also at 75% or 50% for those people who are entitled to a discount.

If you are on a low income and would like more information please see our council tax reduction scheme.

2019/20 council tax charges and valuation bands

Band 100% 75% 50%
A  969.90  727.43  484.95
B  1,131.56  848.67  565.78
C  1,293.21  969.91  646.61
D  1,454.86  1,091.15  727.43
E  1,778.16  1,333.62  889.08
F  2,101.47  1,576.10  1,050.74
G  2,424.76  1,818.57  1,212.38
H  2,909.72  2,182.29  1,454.86

How your bill is worked out

The amount of council tax we set each year is based on the difference between how much we need to spend to provide services and how much income we receive from central government and other income.

For 2019/20, Hackney’s share of the council tax is £1,051.42 per band D property and the GLA’s is £320.51. Added to this is an extra charge of £82.93 for the adult social care precept, which will help fund the rising cost of social care services for older and disabled adults. This means the overall band D charge is £1,454.86.

Your council tax will depend on what the valuation band your home is in. This is based on how much it was worth on 1 April 1991. The valuation was carried out independently by the listing officer of the Inland Revenue. The proportion of tax payable in each property band is determined by the government.

2019/20 details of how your bill is worked out

Band Property value (1991 values) Hackney Council (basic amount) £ Adult social care precept £  GLA £ Total £
40,000 or less 700.94 55.29 213.67 969.90
B 40,001-52,000 817.77 64.50 249.29 1,131.56
C 52,001-68,000 934.59 73.72 284.90 1,293.21
D 68,001-88,000 1,051.42 82.93 320.51 1,454.86
E 88,001-120,000 1,285.07 101.36 391.73 1,778.16
F 120,001-160,000 1,518.73 119.78 462.96 2,101.47
G 160,001-320,000 1,752.36 138.22 534.18 2,424.76
H More than 320,000 2,102.84 165.86 641.02 2,909.72
Page updated on: 4 June 2019

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