Council Tax income

Council Tax Income 2018-19

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  2018/19 Amount 
Oxford City Council (including Parish precepts) 15.9% £303.80
Oxfordshire County Council 74.6% £1,426.19
Police and Crime Commissioner (Thames Valley) 9.5% £182.28

Council tax income pie chart 2018-19


Oxford City's Basic Amount of Council Tax inclusive of Parish precepts is £303.80 for 2018/19. Excluding parish precepts, the Basic Amount of Council Tax is £298.86 for 2018/19. 

Therefore, If you live in an average band D home in Oxford, £298.86 of your total Council Tax bill for this year helps pay for Oxford City Council Services. 

This works out at £5.73 per week. This is a 2.99% increase on the 2017/18 figure of £290.19 which is an annual increase of £8.67 or approximately 17p 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 2017/18 Council Tax by 5.99% to £1,426.19. 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 2.98% from £295.00 in 2017/18 to £303.80 in 2018/19.

Oxford City Council's overall Band D Council Tax (net of Parishes) has increased by 2.99% from £290.19 in 2017/18 to £298.86 in 2018/19.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has increased their 2017/18 by £1 per month to £182.28. This is equivalent to a 7% increase.

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 £303.80 for 2018/19. 

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

The costs relating to this are as follows:

Parish 2018/19
Littlemore  87.1 85.1
Old Marston  55.6 54.0
Risinghurst and Sandhills  46.7 46.3
Blackbird Leys  31.1 29.5
  220.5 214.9
Unparished Area  577.6 561.3
Total "Special Items" 798.1 776.2


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 2018/19.

The Oxford City Council's Requirement from Council tax for 2018/19 is £13,556,751. This includes the Parish Precepts of £220,475.

The equivalent figure in 2017/18 was £13,163,986. 

The Tax Base for 2018/19 (the total number of dwellings adjusted for exemptions and discounts) remains at the 2017/18 figure of 44,623.4.

The reasons for this are:

i. A slower rate of increase of new builds than originally estimated

ii. An increased number of dwellings that are exempt from Council Tax due mainly to the growth in the full time students resident In Oxford City's administrative area

The Band D council tax (excluding parishes) for 2018/19 is £298.86. This is a 2.99 per cent increase on the 2017/18 figure of £290.19.

Statement concerning adult social care funding

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.) 

The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this “precept” at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.

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) who have decided to use the social care precept at the maximum, a referendum would be triggered where council tax is increased by 6% or more above the authority's relevant basic amount of council tax for 2017/18 (i.e. 3% referendum threshold and 3% social care precept).

The Oxfordshire County Council have opted for a 5.99% increase (2.99% General Expenditure and 3% Social Care). As they have chosen the higher 3% threshold in each of 2017/18 and 2018/19 they will not be able to have an additional precept in 2019/20. Their overall Band D tax has risen from £1,345.59 in 2017/18 to £1,426.19 in 2018/19. The new year's Band D figure is made up of £1,322.72 general expenditure and £103.47 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.