You pay for a proportion of the cost of your local services through the Council Tax. It is made up of five charges for Kent County Council, Sevenoaks District Council, your local town or parish council, Kent Police and Kent Fire & Rescue Service. Each authority sets its own charge.
All the Council Tax is collected by us is passed on to the relevant authority.
The band D Council Tax bill, including the average town/parish council charge, for the financial year 2020/21 (from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021) is £1,944.22.
The breakdown by authority, at Band D, is as follows:
- Kent County Council - £1,351.26
- Sevenoaks District Council - £219.96
- Kent Police and Crime Commissioner - £203.15
- Kent and Medway Fire & Rescue Authority - £79.29
- The average town/parish council charge is £90.56
Where the money comes from
In this financial year, Council Tax will raise £11.3 million for us (Sevenoaks District Council). After adding a contribution from reserves (£0.5 million), the rest will come from Business Rates (£2.1 million) and interest from our savings and property investments (£1.7 million). This gives a total of £15.6 million to spend on services.
How the money is spent
People & Places - £2 million
Health, housing, homelessness, leisure, community safety, grants to voluntary organisations, economic and property development and tourism.
Planning & Regulatory Services - £2 million
Development control, local plan, planning enforcement, planning appeals, conservation, building control, environmental health and licensing.
Finance & Trading - £8.1 million
Finance, refuse collection, recycling, street cleansing, car parking, CCTV, parks, emergency planning, internal audit and Council property.
Customer & Resources - £3.5 million
Elections, register of electors, Councillors, Human Resources, Legal Services, IT, housing benefits, Council Tax and Business Rates collection and other administrative expenses.
For further information, please contact us.