Failure to understand how the town or parish precept is calculated may lead to some unpleasant surprises when the bills are delivered to residents.

  • This is especially the case where the council believes it has increased the precept (tax) by X% but some residents see a much larger increase
  • The schedule of proposed precept for each council tax band should always be submitted with the budget for councillors approval
  • This 60 second guide is for clerks, town and parish councillors and residents who wish to understand how the town or parish council precept is calculated as part of their council tax


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What is it

What you will need

The basis

Budgets and the precept

Calculating the band D precept

Non Band D houses


This guide is indicative and not definitive, if in doubt get someone else involved or seek professional advice.


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