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Your Council Tax bill explained

Council tax bills contain a lot of information. There are three main sections of the bill and this will explain what each part shows.

The top part of the bill covers personal details


  • 1 - The tax year the bill covers
  • 2 and 3 The names of any person(s) liable and the address the bill has been issued to
  • 4 - The band of the property
  • 5 - Your account reference number
  • 6 - The date the bill was issued
  • 7 - The address of the property the bill relates to - if different to the contact address
  • 8 - A barcode. This can be scanned to make payments at Post Offices and PayPoint outlets.

The middle part shows how your bill is calculated

This section shows how the charge is split between the us, the Cheshire Police Authority, Cheshire Fire Authority and parish councils. It also shows the percentage increase or decrease.


Adult Social Care

The Adult Social Care (ASC) precept is a charge to ensure the Council can meet the growing demand for adult social care services. The increase is calculated as 2% of the previous year’s average Band D charge (excluding parish, Police and Fire precepts) which is added to the previous year’s ASC precept to give the figure shown on the bill.

What is a 'Parish Precept'?

If you live in a parish area it may be one authorised to raise money through Council Tax. This is called a parish precept and will also be included in the charge. Details of charges are available in the following document:

Any questions on budgets increases should be directed to:

The bottom part of the bill shows how you have chosen to pay 


This section gives details of the due dates for the instalments and your current method of payment.

'Your overall account balance' is the total amount owing for all financial years. If you still owe money from a previous year, for example, this will be included in the total shown here. 

You can register to access your Council Tax account online.


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