Council Tax income

Council Tax Income 2017-18

The Council Tax you pay is split between various authorities. The table below shows how much of your Council Tax goes to these authorities.

(All figures quoted refer to Council Tax Band D and are rounded to the nearest pound. Percentages here and on the actual Council Tax bill are expressed to one decimal place).

How Council Tax income is split
Authority Percentage of Council Tax  2015/16 Amount 
Oxford City Council 16.6% £295.00
Oxfordshire County Council 74.3% £1,345.59
Thames Valley Police 9.4% £170.28

Council tax income chart 2017-18


Oxford City's Basic Amount of Council Tax inclusive of Parish precepts is £295.00 for 2017/18. Excluding parish precepts, the Basic Amount of Council Tax is £290.19 for 2017/18. 

Therefore, If you live in an average band D home in Oxford, £290.19 of your total Council Tax bill for this year helps pay for Oxford City Council Services. 

This works out at £5.57 per week. This is a 1.99% increase on the 2016/17 figure of £284.52 which is an annual increase of £5.67 or approximately 11p per week.

The cost of Oxford City Council's services is equivalent to under one-sixth of your total Council Tax bill.

Increases that are being asked for this year

Oxfordshire County Council has increased their 2016/17 Council Tax by 4.99% to £1,345.59. It should be noted that the overall increase includes 3% that relates to adult social care responsibilities. 

Oxford City Council's overall Band D Council Tax (including Parishes) has increased by 2.06% from £289.04 in 2016/17 to £295.00 in 2017/18.

Oxford City Council's overall Band D Council Tax (net of Parishes) has increased by 1.99% from £284.52 in 2016/17 to £290.19 in 2017/18.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has increased their 2016/17 Council Tax by 1.99% to £170.28.

Parish Councils

Oxford City Council provides services to four Parish Councils within its boundaries.

The Parishes ask for funding to pay for services they provide in the form of a precept on the City Council. Residents in the parishes pay this as part of their Council Tax. 

Oxford City Council therefore also raises Council Tax to pay for Parish Councils and the Basic Amount of Council Tax inclusive of Parish precepts is £295.00 for 2017/18. 

In the Unparished Area, the City Council undertakes the parish functions.

The costs relating to this are as follows:

Parish 2017/18
Littlemore  85.1 73.5
Old Marston  54.0 52.4
Risinghurst and Sandhills  46.3 44.1
Blackbird Leys  29.5 27.4
  214.9 197.4
Unparished Area  561.3 538.5
Total "Special Items" 776.2 735.9


Council Tax Requirement (including Parishes)

In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 the Council is required to calculate its Council Tax Requirement. This figure is the amount that the Council will raise in council tax from the residents in the  city to fund services for the coming year 2017/18.

The Oxford City Council's Requirement from Council tax for 2017/18 is £13,163.986. This includes the  Parish Precepts of £214,888.

The equivalent figure in 2016/17 was £12,621,173. 

The increase in Council Tax Yield is due to the Tax Base (the total number of dwellings adjusted for exemptions and discounts, and expressed as Band D equivalents) increasing from 43,665.1 to 44,623.4.

The reasons for this increase are:

i. An increase in our overall total of dwellings from 60,101 at 30/11/2015 to 60,433 twelve months later 

ii. A reduction in the estimate of dwellings entitled to discounts under the Council Tax Reduction Scheme from 6,744 in 2016/17 to 6,442 in 2017/18 

The Band D council tax (excluding parishes) for 2017/18 is £290.19. This is a 1.99 per cent increase on the 2016/17 figure of £284.52.

Statement concerning adult social care funding

In 2016/17 the Social Care Precept on Council Tax was originally set at 2% per annum increase  for the period 2016/17 to 2019/20. The Local Government Finance Settlement 2017/18 changed the terms of this precept for the period 2017/18 to 2019/20. Authorities would now be able to increase the Social Care Precept by up to 3% per annum in 2017/18 and 2018/19. However, authorities that go ahead with the 3% increase each year for 2017/18 and 2018/19 will not be able   to make a further increase in 2019/20 (i.e. the total allowable increase over the three-year period remains at 6%).

Therefore, for upper tier authorities (for example the Oxfordshire County Council) wishing to use the social care precept at the maximum, a referendum will be triggered where council tax is increased by 5% or more above the authority's relevant basic amount of council tax for 2016/17 (i.e. 2% referendum threshold and 3% social care precept). 

The Oxfordshire County Council's overall increase has been set at 4.99% (1.99% General Expenditure and 3% Adult Social Care Precept). Their overall Band D tax has risen from £1,281.64 in 2016/17 to £1,345.59 in 2017/18. The new year's Band D figure is made up of £1,282.49 general expenditure and £63.10 for the Adult Social Care element.

Guide to Council Tax Booklet

You can also download information on Council Tax income for previous years.

We can provide this information in a printed format on request.