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Council tax

Council tax is a local tax which helps provide services like education, waste collection and social services for more than 143,000 Leicester households. Find out how much you have to pay, and how you can pay.

If you're struggling to pay your council tax and would like to make an arrangement, you can apply to spread your council tax or business rate payments.

Are you on low income?

If you are struggling to pay your council tax and are on a low income with savings of less than £16,000, we have introduced a simple process to claim council tax support. If you are in exceptional difficulty, you can apply for council tax discretionary relief. Find out more on our council tax support page.



Every February, councillors agree a budget, which sets out how much money needs to be collected via council tax. A bill is then sent to each home that shows how much needs to be paid. The bill also includes the charges payable for the police and crime commissioner and the fire service. The amount payable is based on a valuation of each home, and the number of people who live there. The person who needs to pay the bill is usually the person that lives there as their main home.

There are various ways the amount payable can be reduced. You can find more information about this on our Discounts, exemptions and reductions webpage. 

You can also view guidance on paying the right level of council tax at GOV.UK.

We will never call or email you to ask for your bank details. You should never disclose your bank details to anyone in an unexpected telephone call or email.

Any personal information that you provide will be processed in accordance with current Data Protection legislation. It will be used by Leicester City Council and our partners to deliver and improve services and fulfil our statutory duties. We will not disclose any personal information to any other third parties unless required or allowed to do so by law. Read more about how we use personal data on our privacy notice.

How do I get in touch?

In the subject line of your email, please include ‘Council tax’, ‘Housing benefit’ or ‘Council tax support’ with your account reference or claim number, if you have one.