How we spend your council tax

Council tax bands for 2021 to 2022

Band Value in 1991 Number of homes Total bill Proportion of Band D
A Up to £40,000 47,670 £1319.94 6/9
B £40,001 to £52,000 33,048 £1539.93 7/9
C £52,001 to £68,000 23,318 £1759.92 8/9
D £68,001 to £88,000 10,066 £1979.91 9/9
E £88,001 to £120,000 5,136 £2419.89 11/9
F £120,001 to £160,000 1,805 £2859.87 13/9
G £160,001 to £320,000 606 £3299.85 15/9
H Over £320,000 57 £3959.82 18/9

Budget 2021/22

City Council budgets by service

Executive Office: £5,428,000

People Directorate: £142,875,000

Place Directorate: £25,069,000

Public Health: -£517,000

Finace: £15,430,000

Customer and Corporate Services: £27,726,000

Corporate Items: £20,443,000

Total budget requirement: £195,568,000

How we are funded

Other grants: 41 per cent

Central government core grants (including retained Business Rates): 13 per cent

Council Tax: 24 per cent

Charges for Services: 10 per cent

Other Income: 11 per cent

Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly 

Gross Expenditure: £349,700,000

Central Government Funding: -£206,2000,000

Other Costs/(Income): £100,000

Council Tax Requirement: £143,600,000

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority

Gross Expenditure: £87,100,000

Funding other than Council Tax: -£13,000,000

Central Government Funding: -£13,000,000

Other Costs/(Income): -£6,300,000

Council Tax Requirement: £54,800,000

Previous year:

 Council tax and budget information 2020/2021[PDF, 144KB]

We play a key part in making sure the day-to-day life of the city runs smoothly. We provide support for the more vulnerable and with our partners, make long-term plans to improve life for everyone who lives here.

We've over 300 services with staff that work to keep our streets clean, keep us all on the move, enable our children to achieve and enjoy their schools as well as be on hand for key moments of people's lives, such as weddings and registering births. Your council tax pays for a huge range of these services.

Please visit our Statement of accounts page for more information.


Keeping you safe and our finances sound

Statement from Councillor Tudor Evans OBE Leader of Plymouth City Council

The past year has been devastating for so many people. The danger of COVID-19 is self-evident; we have lost too many people to this terrible virus, with many still recovering from the effects.

The cost of the pandemic will have a lasting impact both to residents and our local economy. Yes, we have received some Government funding to help cover the immediate costs of the pandemic – but this boost does not address the real and enduring social, health and economic impacts of the pandemic on the city.< There remains significant pressure in some areas, namely adult social care and children’s services. Demand continues to rise and the challenges will not go away.

Successive Governments have failed to fund adult social care properly. And this is why many councils across the country are forced to ask Council Tax payers to make up the difference. That is one of the main reasons your Council Tax is going up this year.

In an ideal world we’d like no Council Tax increase at all, but the pressure on all our services means that’s just not feasible and could lead to greater challenges in the future.

Sixty-two pence from every pound we spend goes on supporting local vulnerable children and adults. And we will continue to focus our efforts on keeping people safe.

The rest of the money from your Council Tax is spent on our other 300 services. This coming year we will spend more money on the things that are important to you. This includes fixing more potholes, repairing your pavements, improving street lights, restoring your parks, keeping you safe and continuing to fight for more jobs and prosperity to come to Plymouth.

We will also speak up for our city – demanding that we get our fair share. And importantly we will keep doing everything we can do to put Plymouth on the map!

How your Council stepped up during COVID-19

  • Supported thousands of vulnerable people and families
  • with food parcels, medicine and vouchers
  • Gave £66m grants to local businesses helping to save thousands of jobs
  • The Good Neighbours Scheme and Caring for Plymouth brought together across the city to support people in need
  • Distributed 1.7m pieces of PPE for our
  • care homes in their time of need
  • Supported over 4,190 children who need social care and 5,655 additional vulnerable adults

We have and will continue to:

Create thousands of jobs and regenerate our city

  • Support people into new jobs through the Skills Launchpad
  • Fight for the expansion of the defence industry in Plymouth
  • Make huge investment in our city centre to encourage new shops and uses
  • Supported the relocation of a Government department that secured hundreds of civil service jobs

Improve transport links

  • Introduce congestion busting road schemes including at Forder Valley
  • Fix thousands of potholes and repair many roads and pavements
  • Support the redevelopment of Brunel Plaza at Plymouth Railway Station, including an improved gateway to our city

Keep you safe

  • Continue providing vital support throughout the pandemic
  • Install more CCTV cameras across the city and a state-of-the-art control centre
  • Support thousands of vulnerable adults and children every day
  • Create a huge walk-in health centre in the heart of the city at
  • Colin Campbell Court in partnership with the NHS

Invest in our environment and prioritise climate change

  • Plant thousands more trees
  • Introduce a brand new garden waste collection service
  • Refurbish our play parks and create new cycle paths
  • Clean our streets and collect and recycle household waste

Welcome global events and invest in cultural activities

  • Welcome back the British Firework Championships
  • Host SailGP – one of the world’s most spectacular sailing events
  • Showcase Plymouth with The Box
  • Celebrating our vibrant music, art and entertainment offer
  • in a new long-term plan