Which areas have the UK’s highest Council Tax?

by | Oct 4, 2022 | Bills, Council Tax

We’ve broken down the details of where in the UK has the most expensive Council Tax, and which areas pay the least. Want to see where your Council falls? We have a full ranking of every local authority below.

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How is Council Tax Calculated?

The amount you’ll pay in Council Tax depends on two things – the value of the property and what local authority you live in. Every property in the UK is given a Council Tax band between A and H, based on what the property would have sold for in 1991. You can see the specific values for all 8 Council Tax bands below.

Based on the price the property would have sold for on the open market on 1 April 1991 or 1 April 2003 in Wales. A up to 40,000, B 40,000 to 52,000, C 52,000 to 68,000, D 68,000 to 88,000, E 88,000 to 120,000, F 120,000 to 160,000, G 160,000 to 320,000, H over 320,000

Each local authority then decides how much each band will pay for Council Tax as part of their local budget. Properties in the same band can pay very different amounts in tax depending on their location.

 

Where has the UK’s most expensive Council Tax?

In the tax year 2022/2023, the UK’s most expensive Council Tax bills are in Rutland, where a band D home will pay around £2,300 this year, depending on which parish they are in. In contrast, The UK’s cheapest Council Tax is in Westminster, London, where a band D property will pay approximately £866 a year.

Other areas with very high tax rates include Bristol (£2,230 annually), Durham (£2,203 annually) and Preston (£2,171 annually). All three of the cheapest areas for Council Tax are in London, with Westminster joined by Wandsworth (£873 annually) and City of London (£1,075 annually).

 

 

The cheapest and most expensive Council Tax across the UK

This is a ranking of every local authority in the UK by the average Band D council tax paid annually for a home occupied by 2 adults in the tax year 2022/2023, across England, Scotland and Wales. We’ve arranged it from cheapest to most expensive Council Tax. Looking for your council? Hit ctrl + F or cmd + F and search for the name of your local authority.

Very Low tax

Rank

Council

Tax £

1

Westminster

866

2

Wandsworth

873

3

City of London

1,075

Low Tax

Rank

Council

Tax £

4

Shetland Islands

1,206

5

Hammersmith & Fulham

1,228

6

Na h-Eileanan Siar

1,229

7

South Lanarkshire

1,233

8

Angus

1,242

9

Orkney Islands

1,245

10

North Lanarkshire

1,258

11

Dumfries & Galloway

1,259

12

Falkirk

1,275

13

Scottish Borders

1,292

14

West Lothian

1,315

15

Fife

1,319

16

West Dunbartonshire

1,332

17

East Renfrewshire

1,335

18

Aberdeenshire

1,340

19

East Lothian

1,342

20

Clackmannanshire

1,344

21

East Dunbartonshire

1,348

22

Perth & Kinross

1,351

23

Renfrewshire

1,355

24

Inverclyde

1,358

25

Moray

1,363

26

Highland

1,372

27

City of Edinburgh

1,379

28

Kensington & Chelsea

1,382

29

North Ayrshire

1,383

30

South Ayrshire

1,384

31

Stirling

1,385

Average Tax

Rank

Council

Tax £

32

Argyll & Bute

1,409

33

East Ayrshire

1,417

34

Aberdeen City

1,419

35

Dundee City

1,419

36

Glasgow City

1,428

37

Midlothian

1,443

38

Tower Hamlets

1,520

39

Windsor & Maidenhead

1,523

40

Newham

1,532

41

Caerphilly

1,573

42

Pembrokeshire

1,579

43

Newport

1,583

44

Southwark

1,595

45

Cardiff

1,640

46

Hillingdon

1,659

47

Lambeth

1,660

48

Hackney

1,671

49

Isles of Scilly

1,683

50

Islington

1,710

51

Greenwich

1,710

52

Ealing

1,735

53

Thurrock

1,735

54

Bromley

1,737

55

Wigan

1,741

56

Wrexham

1,741

57

Barnet

1,746

58

Dudley

1,749

59

Vale of Glamorgan

1,751

60

Hounslow

1,774

61

Ceredigion

1,777

62

Carmarthenshire

1,780

63

Merton

1,781

64

Swansea

1,782

65

Barking & Dagenham

1,785

66

Trafford

1,786

67

Camden

1,792

68

Solihull

1,792

69

Stoke-on-Trent

1,797

70

Torfaen

1,803

71

Conwy

1,803

72

Powys

1,814

73

Brent

1,815

74

Flintshire

1,815

75

Birmingham

1,816

76

Lewisham

1,817

77

Sandwell

1,831

78

Sunderland

1,832

79

Doncaster

1,842

80

Enfield

1,842

81

Monmouthshire

1,847

82

Denbighshire

1,853

83

Slough

1,855

84

Southend-on-Sea

1,856

85

Peterborough

1,856

86

Bradford

1,857

87

Bracknell Forest

1,861

88

Basingstoke & Deane

1,863

89

Redbridge

1,864

90

York

1,865

91

Leeds

1,869

92

Manchester

1,873

93

Fareham

1,878

94

Haringey

1,880

95

Portsmouth

1,882

96

Wakefield

1,883

97

Kingston-upon-Hull

1,885

98

Rhondda Cynon Taf

1,886

99

Telford & Wrekin

1,887

100

Gwynedd

1,893

101

Test Valley

1,899

102

Broxbourne

1,901

103

Medway

1,909

104

Wychavon

1,909

105

Derby

1,910

106

Eastleigh

1,911

107

Brentwood

1,912

108

Rushmoor

1,922

109

Tamworth

1,922

110

Havant

1,922

111

Stafford

1,922

112

South Kesteven

1,922

113

Epping Forest

1,923

114

Bexley

1,923

115

South Staffordshire

1,923

116

Tendring

1,923

117

East Hampshire

1,932

118

Braintree

1,933

119

Sutton

1,933

120

Colchester

1,934

121

Tewkesbury

1,934

122

East Lindsey

1,935

123

Halton

1,937

124

East Suffolk

1,939

125

Waltham Forest

1,940

126

Mid Suffolk

1,941

127

Worcester

1,941

128

South Holland

1,941

129

Milton Keynes

1,943

130

Gosport

1,944

131

Chelmsford

1,946

132

Winchester

1,949

133

Barnsley

1,949

134

Staffordshire Moorlands

1,950

135

Bath & North East Somerset

1,950

136

Bridgend

1,951

137

Chesterfield

1,954

138

Babergh

1,954

139

Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole

1,955

140

Gloucester

1,955

141

West Suffolk

1,956

142

Southampton

1,956

143

South Derbyshire

1,957

144

Newcastle-under-Lyme

1,958

145

North Somerset

1,959

146

Somerset West & Taunton

1,959

147

Bolton

1,960

148

East Staffordshire

1,962

149

Cheltenham

1,964

150

Uttlesford

1,966

151

Croydon

1,966

152

Cotswold

1,967

153

Warrington

1,969

154

Maldon

1,970

155

Havering

1,971

156

St Helens

1,972

157

Erewash

1,972

158

Lichfield

1,972

159

Boston

1,973

160

Hertsmere

1,975

161

Castle Point

1,977

162

Stevenage

1,978

163

Hart

1,978

164

Calderdale

1,981

165

Swindon

1,982

166

Harlow

1,984

167

Tameside

1,984

168

Malvern Hills

1,984

169

Dartford

1,985

170

South Tyneside

1,985

171

North Northamptonshire

1,985

172

High Peak

1,986

173

Basildon

1,986

174

Dacorum

1,986

175

New Forest

1,988

176

Cannock Chase

1,988

177

Sedgemoor

1,988

178

Hinckley & Bosworth

1,989

179

North Kesteven

1,990

180

Hambleton

1,990

181

Redditch

1,991

182

St Albans

1,994

183

Rochford

1,994

184

Swale

1,995

185

Kirklees

1,997

186

Three Rivers

1,998

187

Crawley

1,999

188

Lincoln

1,999

High Tax

Rank

Council

Tax £

189

Ashford

2,000

190

Shropshire

2,000

191

Bromsgrove

2,002

192

Great Yarmouth

2,002

193

North Lincolnshire

2,003

194

Gravesham

2,003

195

Amber Valley

2,003

196

Luton

2,004

197

North Tyneside

2,004

198

Cheshire East

2,004

199

Plymouth

2,008

200

Horsham

2,010

201

Ribble Valley

2,010

202

West Lindsey

2,011

203

Breckland

2,011

204

Neath Port Talbot

2,012

205

Wyre Forest

2,012

206

King’s Lynn & West Norfolk

2,015

207

Cambridge

2,015

208

Canterbury

2,015

209

Blackburn with Darwen

2,016

210

Charnwood

2,016

211

Forest of Dean

2,016

212

East Hertfordshire

2,017

213

Harborough

2,020

214

Welwyn Hatfield

2,020

215

East Riding of Yorkshire

2,021

216

Richmond-upon-Thames

2,022

217

North Hertfordshire

2,023

218

Oadby & Wigston

2,025

219

Broadland

2,027

220

South Somerset

2,027

221

Chichester

2,028

222

North Norfolk

2,030

223

Tunbridge Wells

2,030

224

North West Leicestershire

2,031

225

East Cambridgeshire

2,032

226

Worthing

2,033

227

Watford

2,035

228

Rotherham

2,035

229

Torbay

2,037

230

Mid Sussex

2,038

231

Melton

2,040

232

West Northamptonshire

2,041

233

Derbyshire Dales

2,042

234

Harrow

2,042

235

Mendip

2,045

236

West Berkshire

2,046

237

Knowsley

2,047

238

Chorley

2,048

239

Darlington

2,048

240

Merthyr Tydfil

2,050

241

Dover

2,050

242

Wirral

2,053

243

Wokingham

2,053

244

Carlisle

2,053

245

Stroud

2,054

246

South Norfolk

2,057

247

Arun

2,057

248

Sheffield

2,058

249

Cheshire West and Chester

2,061

250

South Lakeland

2,061

251

South Cambridgeshire

2,062

252

North East Derbyshire

2,063

253

Bedford

2,063

254

South Ribble

2,064

255

West Lancashire

2,064

256

Tonbridge & Malling

2,064

257

Blackpool

2,064

258

Exeter

2,065

259

Wyre

2,065

260

Warwick

2,066

261

Selby

2,067

262

Barrow-in-Furness

2,068

263

Buckinghamshire

2,068

264

Eden

2,069

265

Thanet

2,070

266

Ipswich

2,071

267

Bury

2,073

268

Stratford-on-Avon

2,074

269

Wolverhampton

2,074

270

Huntingdonshire

2,075

271

Craven

2,075

272

Coventry

2,076

273

Leicester

2,078

274

Allerdale

2,079

275

Blaby

2,079

276

North East Lincolnshire

2,080

277

Rugby

2,082

278

Ryedale

2,083

279

Fylde

2,084

280

Richmondshire

2,085

281

Norwich

2,085

282

Maidstone

2,085

283

South Gloucestershire

2,086

284

Copeland

2,086

285

Newcastle-upon-Tyne

2,088

286

Hyndburn

2,089

287

Lancaster

2,093

288

Scarborough

2,097

289

Sevenoaks

2,098

290

Blaenau Gwent

2,099

291

Harrogate

2,099

292

Wiltshire

2,100

293

Runnymede

2,102

294

Nuneaton & Bedworth

2,102

295

West Oxfordshire

2,103

296

Salford

2,105

297

Cornwall

2,109

298

Rochdale

2,110

299

Bolsover

2,111

300

Fenland

2,111

301

Redcar & Cleveland

2,112

302

Herefordshire

2,114

303

Brighton & Hove

2,119

304

Adur

2,119

305

Folkestone & Hythe

2,119

306

Rossendale

2,122

307

Sefton

2,122

308

Kingston-upon-Thames

2,123

309

Mole Valley

2,124

310

Vale of White Horse

2,124

311

North Warwickshire

2,128

312

Oldham

2,128

313

East Devon

2,130

314

Spelthorne

2,132

315

South Oxfordshire

2,133

316

Epsom & Ewell

2,135

317

Cherwell

2,138

318

Stockton-on-Tees

2,138

319

Isle of Wight Council

2,140

320

Central Bedfordshire

2,142

321

Northumberland

2,142

322

Stockport

2,142

323

Guildford

2,144

324

Torridge

2,145

325

Reading

2,145

Very High Tax

Rank

Council

Tax £

326

Burnley

2,154

327

South Hams

2,155

328

Elmbridge

2,159

329

Teignbridge

2,167

330

Middlesbrough

2,168

331

North Devon

2,170

332

Preston

2,171

333

Reigate & Banstead

2,173

334

Surrey Heath

2,177

335

Woking

2,177

336

Mansfield

2,181

337

Tandridge

2,181

338

Gedling

2,182

339

Walsall

2,183

340

Mid Devon

2,186

341

Ashfield

2,188

342

Broxtowe

2,188

343

Waverley

2,188

344

Liverpool

2,195

345

Hartlepool

2,197

346

Eastbourne

2,199

347

Durham

2,203

348

Rushcliffe

2,206

349

Bassetlaw

2,210

350

Rother

2,211

351

Pendle

2,211

352

Gateshead

2,214

353

Hastings

2,219

354

Oxford

2,225

355

Bristol

2,230

356

West Devon

2,231

357

Newark & Sherwood

2,252

358

Wealden

2,252

359

Lewes

2,281

360

Dorset Council

2,290

361

Nottingham

2,294

362

Rutland

2,300

 Source: Propertydata.co.uk

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