We collect all Council Tax in Preston, but only keep 16 pence in every pound to pay for our services.

The remaining money goes to the following organisations to pay for the services they provide:

From April 2019, Council Tax will increase in Preston by the following:

 Increase %
Preston City Council2.99%
Lancashire County Council3.99%
Lancashire Combined Fire Authority2.99%
Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire13.52%

To see the Council Tax rates for 2019/20 please visit our Council Tax rates page.

Where does your council tax go?

The following shows how the Council Tax money collected from a band D property (£1,932.02) would be split between the different organisations:

OrganisationAmountPercentage
Lancashire County Council£1,346.5969.7%
Preston City Council£314.5016.3%
Police & Crime Commissioner for Lancashire£201.4510.4%
Lancashire Combined Fire Authority£69.483.6%

(figures exclude extra money collected for parish areas).

How do we spend the money?

The table below shows how we will spend Preston City Council's allocation of Council Tax this year:

Service area2018/192019/20
 £ million£ million

Central services

Council tax and business rates collection, local land charges, central and corporate expenses and democratic costs

7.47.5

Cultural services

Heritage, recreation and sport and open spaces

5.25.4

Environmental services

Cemetery and crematorium, environmental health, community safety, street cleansing, waste collection and licensing

9.910.1

Housing services

Advice, neighbourhood renewal, housing benefits administration and payments, travellers' sites

50.648.0

Highways and transport services

Traffic management, car parking and Riversway

1.31.1
Planning and development services

Building control, planning, community and economic regeneration, property services and markets
9.010.2
Other services1.81.9
Cost of Financing/Technical Accounting Adjustment6.06.6

Sub total

91.290.8

Less income and grants

-70.2-69.9

Total spending on services

21.020.9

Contribution from reserves                 

-1.9-1.1

Business Rates retained

-5.3-5.5

Central Government Funding

-1.9-1.7

Preston City Council's council tax requirement (including Parish Precepts)

11.912.6