Cherwell Council Tax charges by band
Your Council Tax demand or exemption notice shows which band has been allocated to your property.
The big picture
A message from Cllr Barry Wood, Leader
I’m writing to you as the Leader of Cherwell District Council to let you know how we are investing your council tax money and to explain our reasons for raising our portion of it.
In 2021/22, a combination of national and local factors came together to present significant financial challenges for the council, which resulted in us needing to make savings of £4.4 million.
This year, the challenge remains and we need to make new savings of £2.4 million in 2022/23 and increase council tax by £5 per year for the average Band D property. This works out at less than 10 pence per week.
Longer term issues include uncertainty around the government’s plans on resetting business rates and the New Homes Bonus Scheme, which is currently winding down, both of which present a big loss of funding for the council. COVID-19 is also continuing
to have an impact across our services, for example on income-generating streams such as car parking.
Added to this our population continues to grow and age at one of the fastest rates in our history, which puts more pressure on our budgets and services.
We remain an ambitious authority, investing in the long-term sustainability of the district, such as through our redevelopment of Castle Quay in Banbury. However, continued budget pressures mean we will need to continue to find new ways to deliver services differently and more efficiently, prioritising the protection of those in need.
We remain committed to making Cherwell a healthier and more pleasant place to live and work, and to helping the local economy recover from the pandemic.
This year’s council tax rise is part of our overall plans to plan carefully and responsibly for the coming years, protecting those in need and the services you value most.
How your Council Tax bill is made up
We collect council tax on behalf of Oxfordshire County Council, Thames Valley Police, the town and parishes councils, and ourselves. We keep 6.7 per cent of that money, using it to provide a huge range of services for over 149,000 residents and businesses in our area. These include waste and recycling collections, street cleaning, licensing, planning and environmental health.
We also run the housing register, offer support to people who rent their homes and provide a wide range of sports and leisure activities. In addition to all of that, we also work to reduce antisocial behaviour and to drive investment and business growth in north Oxfordshire.
How Council Tax funds are divided
Your Council Tax bill is made up of several different amounts of money that go to different organisations:
- Cherwell District Council (6.7 per cent)
- Town and parish councils (4.7 per cent)
- Oxfordshire County Council (77.3 per cent)
- Thames Valley Police (11.3 per cent)
Less than 7 per cent of your Council Tax goes to deliver services provided by Cherwell District Council. For a property in band D this is £143.50 per annum.
Our budget 2022/23: £23.5m - where our money comes from
Thirty-six per cent of our funding for services comes directly from Council Tax, with the rest coming from government grants and business rates.
- Business rates - £11.4m
- Council Tax - £8.5m
- New Homes Bonus - £3.5m
- Revenue support Grant - £0.1m
How we spend this budget - our strategic priorities
Housing that meets your needs
- Support the delivery of affordable and green housing.
- Ensure minimum standards in rented housing.
- Work with partners supporting new ways to prevent homelessness.
- Support our most vulnerable residents.
- Deliver the Local Plan.
Supporting environmental sustainability
- Work towards our commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030.
- Promote the green economy.
- Support waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
- Work with partners to improve air quality.
An enterprising economy with strong and vibrant local centres
- Support business retention and growth
- Work with partners to support skills development and innovation.
- Work with others to support growth.
- Work with partners to promote the district as a visitor destination and attract investment in our town centres.
- Work with businesses to ensure compliance and promote best practice.
Healthy, resilient and engaged communities
- Support and encourage active lifestyles and health and wellbeing.
- Support development of leisure services and facilities meeting the needs of residents.
- Support community and cultural development.
- Work towards our commitment to equalities, diversity and inclusion.
- Work with partners to address the causes of health inequality and deprivation.
- Work with partners to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour.
Council Tax explanatory notes
The Council Tax explanatory notes form part of your Council Tax Demand Notice.