Information about Council Tax, Bands and Charges
All domestic properties in the country must pay Council Tax. This includes houses, flats, caravans and boats.
How is Council Tax Calculated?
Each property is placed in a band according to its value (based on the market value of the property in 1991).
Bands range from A to H, with A being the cheapest and H being the most expensive.
To find out the band of your property please visit the Valuations Office Agency website.
The table below shows the current property banding for Council Tax and then the amount of Council Tax each band has to pay depending on where you live in the City.
Council Tax 2022 - 23 - The amount you pay
Range of Values
Council Tax 2022-23 Leigh-on-Sea Town Council Area
Council Tax 2022-23 all other parts of the City
|Ratio to Band|
|A||Up to and including 40,000||1,266.12||1,232.16||6/9|
|B||40,000 - 52,000||1,477.14||1,437.52||7/9|
|C||52,000 - 68,000||1,688.16||1,642.88||8/9|
|D||68,001 - 88,000||1,899.18||1,848.24||1|
|E||88,001 - 120,000||2,321.22||2,258.96||11/9|
|F||120,001 - 160,000||2,743.26||2,669.68||13/9|
|G||160,001 - 320,000||3,165.30||3,080.40||15/9|
|H||More than 320,000||3,798.36||3,696.48||18/9|
Changes in house prices mean that your homes current value may be different than it would have been in April 1991. But this does not mean that the Council Tax valuation is wrong and is, therefore, not likely to be grounds for appeal.
Calculation for the percentage increase for the 2022/23 Council Tax
The council has increased the Council Tax charge for 2022-23 by 3.99%.
This is an increase of 1.99% on the standard Council charge and a 2.0% increase on the Adult Social Care (ASC) Precept charge which is used to help fund the rising cost of social care services for older and disabled adults.
How we calculate the increases
The standard Council charge and the ASC Precept make up the ‘Total Council Charge’. It is the overall charge that is used to work out both increases for 2022-23.
The Total Council Charge for 2021-22 was £1,494.72 for a Band D property.
The £1,494.72 was made up of the standard Council charge for 2021-22 of £1,340.19 plus an ASC Precept of £154.53.
Standard Council charge increase – 1.99%
Firstly, we multiply the Total Council Charge for 2021-22 by 1.99%.
£1,494.72 x 1.99% = £29.78
We then add that increase to the 2021-22 standard Council charge.
£1,340.19 + £29.78 = £1,369.97
ASC Precept charge increase – 2.0%
Firstly, we multiply the Total Council Tax Charge for 2021-22 by 2.0%
£1,494.72 x 2.0% = £29.89
We then add that increase to the 2021-22 ASC Precept charge
£154.53 + £29.89 = £184.42
Total Council charge for 2022 - 23
The Total Council charge for 2022 - 23 is the new standard council charge (£1,369.97) plus the new ASC Precept charge (£184.42) which equals £1,554.39.
|Standard Council Charge 2021-22||Band A £: 893.46||Band B £: 1,042.37||Band C £: 1,191.28||Band D £: 1,340.19||Band E £: 1,638.01||Band F £: 1,935.83||Band G £: 2,233.65||Band H £: 2,680.38|
|Adult Social Care Precept (ASC) 2021-22||Band A £: 103.02||Band B £: 120.19||Band C £: 137.36||Band D £: 154.53||Band E £: 188.87||Band F £: 223.21||Band G £: 257.55||Band H £: 309.06|
|Total Council Charge 2021-22||Band A £: 996.48||Band B £: 1,162.56||Band C £: 1,328.64||Band D £: 1,494.72||Band E £: 1,826.88||Band F £: 2,159.04||Band G £: 2,491.20||Band H £: 2,989.44|
|Increase in Standard Council for 2022-23 (2021-22) Council Charge x 1.99%)||Band A £: 19.85||Band B £: 23.16||Band C £: 26.47||Band D £: 29.78||Band E £: 36.40||Band F £: 43.02||Band G £: 49.63||Band H £: 59.56|
|2022-23 Standard Council Charge on Bill (2021-22 Standard Council Charge+ Calculated increase)||Band A £: 913.31||Band B £: 1,065.53||Band C £: 1,217.75||Band D £: 1,369.97||Band E £: 1,674.41||Band F £: 1,978.85||Band G £: 2,283.28||Band H £: 2,739.94|
|Increase in ASC for 2022-23 (2021-22) Council Charge x 2.0%)||Band A £: 19.93||Band B £: 23.25||Band C £: 26.57||Band D £: 29.89||Band E £: 36.53||Band F £: 43.17||Band G £: 49.82||Band H £: 59.78|
|2022-23 ASC Charge on Bill (2021-22 ASC + Calculated increase)||Band A £: 122.95||Band B £: 143.44||Band C £: 163.93||Band D £: 184.42||Band E £: 225.40||Band F £: 266.38||Band G £: 307.37||Band H £: 368.84|
|Total Council Charge 2022-23||Band A £: 1,036.26||Band B £: 1,208.97||Band C £: 1,381.68||Band D £: 1,554.39||Band E £: 1,899.81||Band F £: 2,245.23||Band G £:
|Band H £: 3,108.78|
The table below shows the breakdown of our spending on services in 2022/23.
Councils spending on services 2022/23:
2021-22 Restated EXP
|10.5||(3.9)||6.6||Leader: Economic and Regeneration||11.7||(4.5)||7.2|
|15.2||(14.8)||0.4||Deputy Leader: Transport. Asset Management and Inward Assessment||16.0||(15.8)||0.2|
|73,8||(32.8)||41.0||Adult Social Care and Health Intergration||78.4||(33.9)||44.5|
|82.1||(51.3)||30.8||Children and Learning||83.6||(51.2)||32.4|
|22.0||(17.9)||4.1||Communities and Housing||23.8||(19.2)||4.6|
|88.7||(70.4)||18.3||Corporate Services and Performance Delivery||82.7||(63.1)||19.6|
|11.6||(3.5)||8.1||Environment, Culture, Tourism and Planning||12.1||(3.5)||8.6|
|20.3||(4.8)||15.5||Financing Costs, Interest etc||21.8||(5.2)||16.6|
|0.0||(7.9)||(7.9)||Non Service Specific Grants||0.0||(12.4)||(12.4)|
|1.4||(0.3)||1.1||Earmarked Reserves and Capital Contributions||0.4||0.2||0.6|
|348.6||(212.8)||135.8||Total Southend-on-Sea City Council||354.8||(214.5)||140.3|
|(6.1)||Revenue Support Grant||(6.3)|
|(1.5)||Collection Fund Surplus||(1.5)|
|87.6||SCC Unparished Council Tax Requirement||91.8|
|0.4||Leigh Town Council Precept||0.5|
|88.0||Total SCC Council Tax Requirement||92.3|
|12.2||Essex Police and Crime Commissioner||12.9|
|4.3||Essex Fire Authority||4.5|
|104.5||Total Council Tax Requirement||109.7|
The City Council is required to contribute to the services provided in Southend-on-Sea by the following bodies.
2021 - 2022
2022 - 2023
|209||Essex Local Flood Defence Committee||213|
|22||Kent and Essex Sea Fisheries Committee||23|
Flood status warnings and information booklets are available from the 24 hour floodline service on 0845 988 1188.
Councils Spending 2021 - 2022 at Council Tax Band D Equivalent
Band D Equivalent
2021 - 2022
|Use of Reserves||(42.64)||(42.31)|
|Collection Fund Surplus||(25.58)||(25.39)|
|What You Will Pay at Band D||
2021 - 2022
2022 - 2023
|Southend-on-Sea City Council*||1,494.72||1,544.39||3.99%|
|Essex PFCC - Police and Community Safety||208.53||218.52||4.79%|
|Essex PFCC - Fire and Rescue Authority||73.89||75.33||1.95%|
Other than Leigh-on-Sea Town Council Area
|Leigh-on-Sea Town Council||50.58||50.94||0.71%|
|Leigh-on-Sea Town Council Area||1,827.72||1,899.18||3.91%|
* this includes a 2.0% increase specifically for Adult Social Care.
How the money will be spent (£m)
|2021 - 2022||2022 - 2023|
|Cost of Capital||23.0||24.5|
Where the money comes from (£m)
|2021 - 2022||2022 - 2023|
|Other Grants and Reimbursements||23.3||22.3|
|Revenue Supt, Grant||6.1||6.3|
Capital Investment in Southend
The council has plans to spend a total of £99.1 m on capital schemes for 2022 - 2023.
|General Fund Services||£m|
|Enterprise and Regeneration||38.2|
|Highways and Infrastructure||19.9|
|Improvements and Priority Works to Council Property||6.3|
|Investments in ICT||2.1|
|Disabled Facilities Grants and Private Sector Housing||1.0|
|Culture and Tourism||0.2|
|Community Infrastructure Levy/S106/S38||0.1|
|Council Housing New Build Programme||9.4|
|Decent Homes Improvements||6.9|
|Affordable Housing Acquisitions Programme||3.2|
|Balmoral Estate Improvements||1.6|
|Other Council Housing Improvements||0.5|
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council - Council Tax 2022-23
We appreciate that households within the Leigh Town Council boundary pay an additional Council tax. However, this element of the Council tax is the only portion that is truly spent within the Leigh Town Council area and therefore is for the absolute benefit of our residents. Once again, we have worked hard to ensure that we continue to provide our core facilities and services to residents but remain mindful of the financial effect. At the same time, we have not lost sight of our Strategic Plan, where the overarching aspiration is to improve the quality of town life. Whilst we were able to freeze last year’s precept, there will be a slight increase this year of 0.71% (the equivalent of a 36p rise for a Band D rating). The 2022/23 budget will provide the following:
- help, support and provide information for our residents on a huge range of issues
- maintain our role as statutory consultee on planning, highways and licensing issues to help influence the shape of the future of Leigh
- working with and supporting volunteers and community partners/groups
- helping to protect the environment and heritage of Leigh
- undertaking Community Infrastructure Levy projects for the benefit of Leigh and our residents
- provision of a Special Constables programme for the Leigh Town Council area
- funding a school crossing patrol
- providing and managing community facilities in particular the Community Centre, Skate Park, Strand Wharf, Bell Wharf Beach paddling pool and 17 acres of Allotment sites
- provision of a new community facility (to be announced later in the year)
- community engagement with our residents
- a community news magazine twice a year and a newsletter in the local press twice a year
- a Community Day and Big Lunch Jubilee Picnic
- environment friendly bunting workshops to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee
- fortnightly Over 60’s Social Lunch Club to combat isolation in our community
- Christmas Lights and Library Gardens Festive Christmas displays
- supporting the Arts in Leigh with our Art Wall exhibitions, Artist in Residency Programme and Listening Room events at Leigh Community Centre
- promotion of initiatives and incentives to help local businesses and tourism in the town
- representing our residents to other authorities
- monthly and seasonal Farmers’ Markets at Leigh Community Centre
- provision of weekly Youth Clubs and a monthly Youth Forum at Leigh Community Centre
- a Council run Community Centre Children’s’ Holiday Programme
- a Community Trips Scheme supporting elderly residents and providing social contact
- launch of our ‘Chatty Bench’ initiative to help those that feel socially isolated
- a local employer of 13 staff to facilitate and manage all Council services
- a facilitator of a community café which is a local employer of staff
- continue with repairs and improvements at the Community Centre
- host the Annual Town Community Meeting
- grant Award Fund to support the work of other community groups and people in the Leigh Town Council area
- sun cream dispenser project at Bell Wharf Beach (to be introduced later in the year)
- summer hanging flower baskets in various locations
- repair of the tidal paddling pool at Bell Wharf Beach
Leigh-on-Sea Town Council expenditure plans 2022-23
|Information and Support Services||134,700|
|Finance and Governance||29,550|
|Health and Wellbeing programme||37,225|
|Planning and Licensing||15,000|
|Capital and Strategic Projects||55,000|
|Increase to General Reserves||24,905|
|Finance and Governance||(1,150)|
|Health and Wellbeing programme||(4,750)|
|Total Precept 2022-23||452,880|