Your council tax is collected by one of the district or city councils on Cambridgeshire County Council's behalf. The district and city councils provide advice and information on the following.
- What tax band a property is in
- When the council tax is due
- How to pay your council tax
- What benefits you may be entitled to
Council tax leaflets and payment
Please contact your relevant district or city council below to view the council tax leaflets and paying your council tax.
- Cambridge City Council
- East Cambridgeshire District Council
- Fenland District Council
- Huntingdonshire District Council
- South Cambridgeshire District Council
Which district should I pay council tax to?
If you are unsure which district your property lies within, please enter your postcode into My Cambridgeshire. You can also see how Band D Council Tax in your area is broken down.
Alternatively, you can use the interactive map below:
How council tax is calculated
The first step in arriving at a charge per property is to calculate a Band D tax base for each of the districts and city council. This is calculated by the district and city councils themselves and is achieved by multiplying the estimated number of properties at the end of the financial year within each band by the 'Band D Ratio' and adding the results together.
The resultant Band D tax base for each district or city council are then amalgamated to produce a total Band D tax base for Cambridgeshire County Council.
|District/city council||Tax base 2018-19||Tax base 2019-20|
|Cambridge City Council||42,988.6||43,685.3|
|East Cambridgeshire District Council||29,260.5||29,719.4|
|Fenland District Council||28,979.0||29,380.0|
|Huntingdonshire District Council||60,984.0||61,749.0|
|South Cambridgeshire District Council||61,410.2||62,576.3|
|Total county tax base||223,622.3||227,110.0|
Next, the council has to calculate how much it needs to raise from council tax. Normally, this will depend on how much the council plans to spend on providing services to the people of Cambridgeshire and how much of this will be supported by central government grants and external income.
Of the total gross spend of £644 million that the council has budgeted to spend in 2019-2020, the council will raise £302 million from council tax (council tax requirement of £298m plus a surplus on the collection fund of £4m). The council tax requirement figure is divided by the council's tax base of 227,110.0 to give a council Band D Council Tax of £1,312.11 for 2019 to 2020. This amounts in a 4.99% rise in the County Council element of Council Tax compared to 2018-2019.
How our council tax compares with other areas
The county's tax levels are slightly lower than the average set by other county councils, both in the region and nationally. In 2019-20, Cambridgeshire County Council had the 14th highest council tax of all 26 shire counties.
A comparison against the neighbouring shire counties can be found in the following table:
Council tax comparison against Cambridgeshire neighbouring counties
|County Council||Band D Council Tax 2018-2019||Band D Council Tax 2019-2020|
|Shire county average||£1,288.99||£1,335.49|
Business Plan 2019 to 2020
The 2019 to 2020 Business Plan sets out Cambridgeshire County Council's long term vision, priorities for 2019 to 2020 and planned activities across the organisation for the next five years.