Council Tax FAQs

What does my Council Tax pay for?

How can I pay my bill?

I pay by direct debit and have received a new bill. Do I need to do anything?

Can I change the date I pay Council Tax?

Can I pay my Council Tax bill weekly instead of monthly?

I am not working. Why have you sent me a Council Tax bill?

I am the only adult in the property but I do not get a discount off my Council Tax bill. What should I do?

My property is empty so why do I have to pay Council Tax?

Is there any way I can reduce my Council Tax bill?

I have received a letter called Council Tax Reduction Calculation Summary. What does this tell me?

I cannot afford to pay my Council Tax. What should I do?

What does my Council Tax pay for?

Council Tax helps to pay for Council services which everyone uses, such as bins and recycling, roads, street lighting, child protection, social care and street cleaning. Read more about what Council Tax is.

How can I pay my bill?

There are several ways of paying your Council Tax bill including:

  • by direct debit 
  • over the telephone 
  • in person

Read more about how to pay your Council Tax bill.

I pay by direct debit and have received a new bill. Do I need to do anything?

No. We will take payments from your account as shown on the bottom of your bill.

Can I change the date I pay Council Tax?

If you pay by direct debit you can choose from these monthly dates: 5, 10, 15 or 25.

If you do not pay by direct debit, you can choose to pay on 5, 15, or 28 of each month.

You can choose to pay your annual Council Tax bill over 10 or 12 monthly instalments.

You can ask to change the date in the month you pay your bill online, but only if your account is up to date.

Can I pay my Council Tax bill weekly instead of monthly?

You can ask to pay weekly or fortnightly but we will divide up your payments so that you pay the equivalent of a monthly instalment before the due date.

I am not working. Why have you sent me a Council Tax bill?

From April 2013 the government abolished Council Tax benefit. It was replaced by a local Council Tax reduction scheme.

In the Bradford district, from April 2013, all working age people who are liable for Council Tax pay at least 25% of their bill.

I am the only adult in the property but I do not get a discount off my Council Tax bill. What should I do?

Apply for single person discount which can reduce your bill by 25%.

My property is empty so why do I have to pay Council Tax?

From 1 April 2016, no discount is available on properties which are vacant.

However, if you owned a property that was vacant (unoccupied and unfurnished) between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2016, you would qualify for a 100% discount on Council Tax for one month only.

If you didn’t get this discount at the time, you can apply by filling in our general enquiry form.

Owners of properties that have been vacant for over two years will have to pay 150% Council Tax.

Is there any way I can reduce my Council Tax bill?

This will depend on your circumstances. Please read our information about ways to reduce your Council Tax bill.

I have received a letter called Council Tax Reduction Calculation Summary. What does this tell me?

We have answered some common questions about Council Tax Reduction notices on a separate page.

I cannot afford to pay my Council Tax. What should I do?

If you are experiencing financial difficulties you should call us straight away on 01274 437792 to discuss making an acceptable arrangement to pay.