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How Council Tax is spent 2022/23

Information on council tax for 2023/24 will be updated by 1 April 2023.

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 2022, Council Tax will increase in Preston by the following:

  • Preston City Council - 1.99%
  • Lancashire County Council - 3.99%
  • Lancashire Combined Fire Authority - 6.92%
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire - 4.42%

To see the Council Tax rates for 2022/23 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 (£2,161.64) would be split between the different organisations:

Lancashire County Council£1,514.2970.1%
Preston City Council£333.6315.4%
Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire£236.4510.9%
Lancashire Combined Fire Authority£77.273.6%

(figures exclude extra money collected for parish areas).

How do we spend the money?

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

Service area2021/222022/23
 £ million£ million

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
Other services2.82.0
Cost of Financing/Technical Accounting Adjustment5.34.7

Sub total


Less income and grants


Total spending on services


Contribution from reserves                 


Business Rates retained


Central Government Funding


Preston City Council's council tax requirement (including Parish Precepts)


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