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Council tax and business rates outstanding balance issues

We are currently experiencing a technical issue affecting the outstanding balance shown for Council Tax and NNDR accounts online. We apologise for the inconvenience and are working to fix this issue as soon as possible.

How Council Tax is spent 2024/25

Stack of coins

We collect all Council Tax in Preston, but only keep 15 pence in every pound to pay for our services.

The remaining money goes to the following organisations to pay for the services they provide:

Increase in Council Tax

From April 2024, Council Tax will increase in Preston by the following:

  • Preston City Council - 2.99%
  • Lancashire County Council - 4.99%
  • Lancashire Combined Fire Authority - 2.99%
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire - 4.75%

To view the Council Tax rates for 2024/25 please visit our Council Tax rates page.

Where does your council tax go?

The following shows how the Council Tax money collected from a band D property (£2,355.29) would be split between the different organisations:

Lancashire County Council£1,653.2970.19%
Preston City Council£353.8715.02%
Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire£263.4011.18%
Lancashire Combined Fire Authority£84.733.60%

(figures exclude extra money collected for parish areas).

How do we spend the money?

The information below shows how we will spend Preston City Council's allocation of Council Tax this year:

Central services

Council tax and business rates collection, local land charges, central and corporate expenses and democratic costs.

Cultural services

Heritage, recreation and sport and open spaces.

Environmental services

Cemetery and crematorium, environmental health, community safety, street cleansing, waste collection and licensing.

Housing services

Advice, neighbourhood renewal, housing benefits administration and payments, travellers' sites.

Highways and transport services

Traffic management, car parking and Riversway.

Planning and development services

Building control, planning, community and economic regeneration, property services and markets.

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