Council Tax bands charges

Council Tax charges 2017 – 2018

The Council Tax freeze, placed since April 2007, has come to an end. There is support amongst residents to raise Council Tax to maintain local services. As such, we have agreed a 3% increase across all bands.

The Scottish Government introduced legislation where there will be an increase in the level of Council Tax across Scotland for properties in bands E to H. There is no local discretion regarding these changes. The percentage change which applies to these bands is as follows and will be applied before the three percent increase.


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Download Council Tax leaflet to find Council Tax band charges and budget details.  

Scottish Water's household water and water waste (sewerage) charges are increasing by 1.6%. You will see this increased charge on your Council Tax bill. This is because we collect these charges on behalf of Scottish Water. 

For more information download Scottish Water household charges or call their Customer Helpline on 0800 0778778.


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How much you pay depends on which band your house is in. Find your band on the Scottish Assessors website. The Lothian Valuation Joint Board decides which band each home is in. If you disagree, you can appeal the decision.

You may only be liable to pay Council Tax for part of the year. If so, we will work out your charge based on the number of days you are liable.

Help in paying your Council Tax

You may be able to get help in paying your Council Tax if you are on a low income. For households with children there is now more support available. 

You may be entitled to relief from the increase to properties banded E to H. The relief has been introduced to meet the changes made by Scottish Government and does not include the 3% increase across all bands. The relief can apply where you have less than £16,000 in savings and your income is below:

  • £321 per week for a single adult with no children
  • £479 per week for all other households.

Find more information on how to:

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