How Council Tax is spent
We collect all Council Tax in Preston, but only keep 16 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 2021, Council Tax will increase in Preston by the following:
- Preston City Council - 1.99%
- Lancashire County Council - 3.99%
- Lancashire Combined Fire Authority - 1.99%
- Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire - 7.09%
To see the Council Tax rates for 2021/22 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 (£2,082.04) would be split between the different organisations:
|Lancashire County Council||£1,456.19||69.9%|
|Preston City Council||£327.13||15.7%|
|Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire||£226.45||10.9%|
|Lancashire Combined Fire Authority||£72.27||3.5%|
(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:
|£ million||£ million|
Highways and transport services
|Planning and development services|
Building control, planning, community and economic regeneration, property services and markets
|Cost of Financing/Technical Accounting Adjustment||5.5||5.3|
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)