Council Tax bands 2021/22

The amount of Council Tax you have to pay per year is shown below. If you are unsure of your Council Tax property band you can check it on the Valuation Office Agency website.

Council Tax band Total

Breakdown of payment

Council Tax bandReading Borough CouncilThames Valley Police authorityRoyal Berkshire Fire and Rescue ServiceTotal

Contact the Valuation Office Agency via the website if you think your Council Tax band is wrong

Changes to Council Tax

Your Council Tax helps to pay for services delivered by Reading Borough Council, Thames Valley Police and the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue service. In 2021/22 the council’s element of Council Tax will increase by 4.99%, an increase of approximately £1.62 per week for a Band D property.

The change is made up of a 1.99% increase in general Council Tax and a 3% increase to help fund social care, which will raise an extra £2.8 million, equivalent to 2,900 hours of homecare and will allow Social Care teams to continue to protect for vulnerable adults in Reading.

Adult Social Care Precept

In 2015 the government implemented the Adult Social Care Precept, which allowed councils that provide social care to adults to increase their share of Council Tax by up to an extra 2%. In 2016 they announced that for the 3 years from 2017/18 to 2019/20 councils would be allowed to increase this by up to 3% in any given year, but no more than 6% in total over those years. In 2020 they announced that for the year 2020/21 councils could increase by up to 2% and that the Secretary of State may choose to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

For the year 20021/2022 the increase is 3%.

The Government has said that this precept must be shown as a separate charge on all council tax bills.