How is my Council Tax spent?

We collect Council Tax for Lincolnshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire and the Parish Councils. They each set their own budgets and we collect Council Tax on their behalf. The largest amounts are given to Lincolnshire County Council and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire.

We keep about one tenth of the total Council Tax collected, spending this on local services, such as:

  • weekly rubbish and recycling services
  • affordable housing, housing advice and homeless accommodation
  • inspecting food premises
  • handling planning applications
  • processing Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support applications.

Our share of Council Tax for 2020/21 is £179.73, just over £3 a week for a household paying Band D Council Tax. This is a 2.8 percent increase from 2019/20. More information, including details about how your money is spent, is available in our Icon for pdf Council Tax factsheet [2.52MB].

Council Tax spending FAQs

  • What do I get for my Council Tax, apart from my rubbish collected once a week?
    Council Tax is not a direct payment for services received. Each householder contributes towards the cost of services provided. Your contribution is based on the value of your property.
  • Do you control the levels of Parish Council precepts and Drainage Board levies?
    We have no control over their finances. They set their own precepts and levies.