Plenty of information on what you get for paying your Council Tax

Residents will start receiving their bills and explanatory notes this week

Council Tax Bills for 2015-16 will be dropping through letter boxes across East Devon from this week and there is lots of information available to explain what you get for paying your Council Tax. The bills may prompt some residents to seek more information and there’s plenty of it available from different sources:

• To save you time, have a look at this year’s council tax guidance information summary, which is available online. It explains where the money goes and makes it easier for householders to understand the charging system. You can also find out how to get help with payments. The online pages also contain information on Council Tax discounts and exemptions and whether you may be entitled to benefit.

• If you feel the need to talk to someone about the amount you are being asked to pay, then call us on 01395 517 446.  However, please be aware that this is a very hectic few weeks for staff in EDDC’s council tax service with some 65,000 bills being issued, so telephone lines may be busy and we’d ask you to be patient if you can’t get through first time. So far as the contribution from local residents to the EDDC budget in the coming year is concerned, a Band D Council Tax payer will be paying £121.78 this year – that’s just £2.34 a week – meaning that East Devon’s Council Tax has been frozen for five years in a row.

Residents of Cranbrook will be receiving an extra document in the envelope containing their Council Tax bill. This is a letter explaining that for the first time part of their Council Tax precept goes to Cranbrook Town Council.

Here’s a short extract from the letter: “As the new town of Cranbrook grows into a stand-alone community, we have reached the stage where a new Cranbrook parish has been created – and with this comes the need to set a Council Tax charge (known as a precept).

“Your property falls within this new parish, which means from 1 April 2015 the parish precept element of your Council Tax will now be shown as Cranbrook Town Council instead of either Broadclyst, Rockbeare or Whimple as before”.

With their Council Tax Bill, householders will also receive a leaflet about how to register in order to vote and a leaflet on affordable housing in East Devon.