What is Council Tax?

What is Council Tax and how is it spent?

Council tax is a locally-set tax that is payable on all domestic property.

Each year, Eastleigh Borough Council is responsible for collecting Council Tax from Borough residents for its own services and those provided by Hampshire County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Fire & Rescue Services together with town and parish councils.

In Eastleigh there are nearly 55,000 properties to which council tax applies.  The full amount of tax you pay is based on two factors: the property value, and the assumption that there are two or more adults, aged 18 or over, living there.

Property values are divided into eight bands A to H and the tax incurred by each property increases in increments, band A being the lowest. In certain circumstances the amount of tax you pay may be reduced by either a discount or an exemption.

The value of your home was assessed by the Valuation Office Agency, not by Eastleigh Borough Council, based on its estimated sale value on 1 April 1991. Your home was valued to establish its relative value compared with other homes.

How is your Council Tax spent?

The Council Tax we collect is divided in the following percentages between the following organisations ie 74% of your Council Tax goes to Hampshire County Council.

  • 74% - Hampshire County Council
  • 8% - Eastleigh Borough Council
  • 11% - Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire
  • 4%  - Fire & Rescue Services
  • 3% - Parish / town councils

The amount and percentage increase collected by these organisations appear on your council tax bill. 

This year the average Eastleigh Borough Council element for a Band D household is £128.93 as opposed to £130.07 in 2017-18 this equates to around 8% of your overall Council Tax bill.  

The average Hampshire County Council element for a Band D household is £1200.96 as opposed to £1133.10 in 2017-18 this equates to a rise of 5.99% and is around 74% of your overall Council Tax bill.

On you Council Tax bill you will notice there are two amounts listed for Hampshire County Council including one for Adult Social Care (ASC).  Hampshire County Council increased their overall Council Tax for 2018-19 by 5.99%  (rounded up to 6% on your bill).  The precept for Adult Social Care accounts for 3% of their overall 6% increase with the remaining 3% increase being attributed to the general Hampshire County Council precept.

HCC Band D equivalent

  General     Adult Social Care  Total  
2017-18  1079.98       53.12    1133.10  
2018-19   1113.86    87.10   1200.96    
Difference                          33.88 33.98  67.86  
% increase on 2017/18 total 3% 3%       6%