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How Much Council Tax South Hams Residents Will Pay Is Confirmed

8 March 2021

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An average increase of 5% (£99.73) on the total average bill of £1,990 (for a Band D property) from last year is confirmed as South Hams residents prepare to receive their Council Tax bills for 2021/22 this week. 

When Council Tax bills land on doorsteps across the South Hams this week, householders will discover that the cost has gone up to an average £2,090.55 a year for a Band D household  - an increase of £99.73 for the year (5.01%).

When you receive your Council Tax bill, it will have the logo of South Hams District Council on the top. This is because the District Council is responsible for billing and collecting the Council Tax on behalf of a number of other statutory bodies.

Although the District Council sends out the Council Tax bill, the vast majority of the Council Tax income collected is passed onto Devon County Council, the Fire Authority, the Police and Crime Commissioner and local Town and Parish Councils, to pay for the local services that they all provide.

The largest part of the Council Tax bill that residents pay will go to Devon County Council to pay for the vital services that they provide including elderly care (social care costs), education and schools, children's services, roads (including potholes) and transport. Devon County Council have increased their share of the Council Tax bill by 4.99%, with 1.99% being for general services and 3% dedicated solely to adult social care costs. The Council Tax increase set by Devon County Council means an increase in the Council Tax bill of £71.82 (4.99%) for South Hams residents. As a result, a Band D household within Devon will pay £1,511.28 to Devon County Council in 2021/22.

Earlier in February, South Hams District Council agreed to increase its share of the Council Tax bill by £5 to £175.42 for a Band D household - an increase of 2.93%. Therefore of an average Band D Council Tax bill of £2,090.55, only 8% (£175.42) goes to South Hams District Council to provide local services such as refuse collection and recycling, planning, environmental health, benefits and housing.

The Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner has increased its share of the Council Tax bill by 6.73% from £221.64 to £236.56 for a Band D property - an increase of £14.92 for the year.

In addition, the Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue service has increased its share of the Council Tax bill by 1.99% from £88.24 to £90 for a Band D property - an increase of £1.76 for the year.

On average, the amount of the Council Tax bill which has been set by Town and Parish Councils will increase by £6.23 per year. The actual amount will differ from Parish to Parish. Each individual Town or Parish Council sets their own element of the council tax bill. 

Cllr Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council, said: "We know that any increase is going to hit people hard this year, but it is critical that our frontline services continue and that residents and businesses get the help and support they need and deserve. Many people think that all their Council Tax goes to the District Council to cover the services we provide. In reality, our charge is only 8% of the overall bill (£175.42 a year). That pays for essential services like waste and recycling collections. The rest of your Council Tax bill is split between the other statutory bodies to cover everything from caring for our elderly and children's services, to must-have policing and fire and rescue services and local parish and town needs.

"We ask residents if you can, please continue to make your Council Tax payments in the usual way as this is paying for vital services. However, if you are struggling, please be aware that we may be able to help. There are measures, such as the Hardship Fund for the Council Tax Reduction Scheme, to support financially vulnerable people and households.

"Our officers can support residents with completing a welfare benefit check to ensure they receive all they are entitled to. Please contact us via the website or through our Customer Support Team on 01803 861234." 

Precepting Authority

Band D Property in 2020/21

Band D Property in 2021/22

£ Increase

% Increase

South Hams District Council





Devon County Council





Devon & Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner





Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue





Town & Parish Council
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South Hams District Council fully recognise the economic problems that many households will be experiencing as a result of the Coronavirus emergency. They understand that some residents will find it difficult to meet Council Tax payments.

That is why they are committed to doing everything they can to support residents at this very difficult time. They are urging residents to find out what support is on offer if they are having difficulties with payments.

If you are worried about paying for your Council Tax, you can find out more information here:

Find out about reductions (discounts and exemptions) here:

On a low income? Find out more here:

The Government has also just published further details on the support scheme for the self-employed for those that have lost income due to Coronavirus.  HMRC will contact those that are eligible for the scheme and invite them to apply online

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