Your guide to Council Tax virtual brochure 2020/21

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How your Council Tax is shared

Braintree District Council collects the Council Tax on behalf of the District Council, Essex County Council, Essex Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner (Responsible for Policing and Community Safety and Essex Fire & Rescue Authority) and the Parish and Town Councils in the district.

Who pays Council Tax

At least one person in each household is responsible for paying Council Tax, whether they own the home or rent it.

In most cases the person (or people) aged 18 or over who will be responsible for paying Council Tax are:

  • owner-occupiers
  • leaseholders
  • people who pay rent
  • people who have a licence to occupy, such as people who live in tied cottages (housing relating to their work)
  • people such as squatters, who live in the property but have no legal interest in it (that is, they don’t own or rent it)
  • people who own the property but don’t live in it.

People living together such as tenants, C married people or civil partners can be jointly
or separately responsible for the whole
Council Tax for their property.

What is Council Tax

Council Tax is a tax on homes collected by your local council to pay for local services.

Valuation band

Value of property on 1 April 1991 tax rate

Braintree District

Essex County tax rate *

Essex Police tax rate

Essex Fire & Rescue tax rate


Up to £40,000 £40,001 to £52,000 £52,001 to £68,000 £68,001 to £88,000 £88,001 to £120,000 £120,001 to £160,000 £160,001 to £320,000 Over £320,000

£123.12 £143.64 £164.16 £184.68 £225.72 £266.76 £307.80 £369.36

£893.94 £1,042.93 £1,191.92 £1,340.91 £1,638.89 £1,936.87 £2,234.85 £2,681.82

£139.02 £162.19 £185.36 £208.53 £254.87 £301.21 £347.55 £417.06

£49.26 £57.47 £65.68 £73.89 £90.31 £106.73 £123.15 £147.78

* Includes an amount for Adult Social Care. Find out more at

If you think your home should be in a different valuation band, please email the Valuation Office Agency at Or call 03000 501501

If you challenge your band, you must continue to pay council tax at your current band until your appeal is decided.


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How your Council Tax is shared

Who pays Council Tax

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Braintree District Council spending plan

Braintree District Council income

About Council Tax

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About Local Council Tax Support

Appealing Decisions

Exempt properties

Difficulty paying

Empty homes premium

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Single person discount

People with disabilities

Annexe discount

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What your Parish or Town Council receives

Paying your council tax

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