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How we spend your Council Tax

Council Tax helps to pay for local services provided by Plymouth City Council, the police and fire and rescue. 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 have 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.

See our annual Statement of accounts


Council Budget information for 2022 to 2023

How we are funded

  • Other grants: 43%
  • Council Tax: 24%
  • Central government core grants (including retained Business Rates): 13%
  • Other Income: 10%
  • Charges for Services: 10%

For every £100 we receive to fund services, we spend

  • £42 caring for adults who need our help
  • £26 helping children and young people get the best start in life
  • £9 running the Council and elections
  • £8 helping people keep well and stay healthy
  • £7 collecting rubbish and looking after our parks and green spaces
  • £4 maintaining roads and street lighting and on public transport
  • £2 providing culture and leisure activities and growing our economy
  • £1 planning and building new homes for Plymouth people
  • £1 running libraries and registration and trading standards services
Band Total bill Police Fire Council
A £1,338.81 £164.37 £61.19 £1,113.25
B £1,561.96 £191.77 £71.39 £1,298.80
C £1,785.09 £219.16 £81.59 £1,484.34
D £2,008.23 £246.56 £91.79 £1,669.88
E £2,454.50 £301.35 £112.19 £2,040.96
F £2,900.78 £356.14 £132.59 £2,412.05
G £3,347.04 £410.93 £152.98 £2,783.13
H £4,016.46 £493.12 £183.58 £3,339.76
Band Value in 1991 Number of homes Total bill Proportion of Band D
A Up to £40,000 47,991 £1,338.81 6/9
B £40,001 to £52,000 33,196 £1,561.96 7/9
C £52,001 to £68,000 23,526 £1,785.09 8/9
D £68,001 to £88,000 10,194 £2,008.23 9/9
E £88,001 to £120,000 5,154 £2,454.50 11/9
F £120,001 to £160,000 1,851 £2,900.78 13/9
G £160,001 to £320,000 610 £3,347.04 15/9
H Over £320,000 55 £4,016.46 18/9

City Council budgets by department

Department Budget
Executive Office £5,323,000
People £94,751,000
Children £61,111,000
Place Directorate £26,416,000
Public Health -£388,000
Customer and Corporate Services £45,662,000
Corporate Items -£35,124,000
Total budget requirement £197,750,000

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

Gross Expenditure £371,600,000
Central Government Funding -£217,400,000
Other Costs (-income) -£1,000,000
Council Tax requirement £153,200,000

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority

Gross Expenditure £89,600,000
Funding other than Council Tax -£12,300,000
Central Government Funding -£13,400,000
Other Costs (-income) -£6,700,000
Council Tax requirement £57,200,000

Council Tax Leaflet 2022

We are ambitious for Plymouth and determined to build our city back better as we recover from the pandemic. This means ensuring we have a growing economy that is creating jobs and a city where people feel safe and that cares for all its residents. We’ve been through a lot over the last year but it has been amazing to see how Plymouth comes together in the face of adversity.

We understand the impact the pandemic has had and the pressure many families are now feeling on their household finances. That is why we have focused on keeping Council Tax levels as low as possible whilst maximising the range and quality of our services. The Council is not immune to the current increase in cost for the services that we procure on your behalf, which means our spending power is reducing.

Demand for many of the vital services we provide is also rising. We need and want to support a rising number of vulnerable children who need our care and protection. As our population grows, there are more elderly residents who need the support we provide.
These pressures on our resources make it even more important than ever that we listen to the views of Plymouth residents and make sure we are delivering value for money in everything we do.

Last year we promised to listen more to Plymouth residents so I was very pleased that so many people gave their views during the consultation on our budget priorities. We are listening and will continue to work hard to protect and improve the services that you value, to deliver your priorities for Plymouth, including securing investment to support jobs and new homes, protecting our environment and making the city a safer and healthier place to live, work or visit.

We have and will continue to

Create jobs and regenerate our city

  • Help businesses hit by the pandemic. We’ve paid out £100m in Government grants
  • Open new units at our business parks to help firms thrive
  • Secure investment in Plymouth. M&S and Aldi will be tenants in the new shopping centre at the former Seaton Barracks
  • Attract investment with schemes such as the new Millbay boulevard
  • Deliver plans to regenerate the area around the railway station
  • Improve the city centre with schemes on Old Town Street, New George Street and Civic Square.

Improve transport links

  • Progress work on the Woolwell to the George scheme to cut congestion and support sustainable travel
  • Introduce mobility hubs across the city with electric bike and car hire
  • Cut pollution near schools with initiatives such as Engines Off
  • Support Mutley Plain with three hours’ free parking
  • Open new off-road cycle and walking paths
  • Install electric vehicle charging points in areas with no off-road parking.

Keep you safe

  • Continue to help the Keyham community recover
  • Support the work of the Violence Against Women and Girls Commission
  • Provide vital support throughout the pandemic, including help for families and walk-in vaccination and lateral flow test sites
  • Install more CCTV cameras and help points across the city
  • Support thousands of vulnerable adults and children every day
  • Create a walk-in health centre in the West End in partnership with the NHS.

Protecting the environment and tackle climate change

  • Plant thousands more trees and create a new community forest
  • Establish a £2 million Climate Emergency Investment Fund
  • Refurbish our play parks and create new cycle paths
  • Crack down on flytippers and litterers
  • Extend the garden waste scheme until later in the year
  • Deliver more improvements to Central Park.

Help everyone enjoy the waterfront

  • Create the UK’s first National Marine Park after securing £9.5 million funding
  • Make our waterfront safer with life-saving equipment
  • Deliver improvements to slipways, steps and railings
  • Install a swimming pontoon off the Hoe again this summer
  • Host the spectacular SailGP event again in 2022
  • Take pride in our city with improvements to the Hoe such as the new Welcome to Plymouth sign and replanted Clock Garden.

Council budget information for 2021 to 2022

How we are funded

  • Other grants: 41%
  • Council Tax: 24%
  • Central government core grants (including retained Business Rates): 13%
  • Other Income: 11%
  • Charges for Services: 10%

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

Council Tax bills for April 2021 to March 2022

Band Total bill Police Fire Council
A £1,319.94 £157.71 £60 £1,102.23
B £1,539.93 £183.99 £70 £1,285.94
C £1,759.92 £210.28 £80 £1,469.64
D £1,979.91 £236.56 £90 £1,653.35
E £2,419.89 £289.13 £110 £2,020.76
F £2,859.87 £341.70 £130 £2,388.17
G £3,299.85 £394.27 £150 £2,755.58
H £3,959.82 £473.12 £180 £3,306.70

City Council budgets by department

Department Budget
Executive Office £5,429,000
People £89,441,000
Children £53,074,000
Place Directorate £24,976,000
Public Health -£537,000
Customer and Corporate Services £44,031,000
Corporate Items -£20,846,000
Total budget requirement £195,568,000

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

Gross Expenditure £349,700,000
Central Government Funding -£206,200,000
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 -£13,400,000
Other Costs (-income) -£6,300,000
Council Tax requirement £54,800,000