Council Tax charges

Find out information about how Council Tax is calculated and what your Council Tax pays for. The page will also tell you information about why you are charged when your home is empty or if you have a second property.

What's included in my Council Tax bill and why?

Watch this short video to help you understand what everything on your bill means and why it is there:

Your Council Tax Bill Explained 2024

Where does the council's money come from?

Our budget (gross expenditure) this year is £1,021 million.

This year we need to collect 21.8 per cent of our budget from Council Tax. This is £222.6 million (including special expenses).

We have increased the council’s part of the Council Tax bill by 4.99 per cent. This includes an increase to the general Council Tax charge of 2.99 per cent and a separate charge of 2 per cent to contribute towards the rising costs of adult social care.

The table below shows our budget for the year and where our money comes from:

Income and expenditure

2024/25 (£)

2023/24 (£)

Gross expenditure1,021,242,660.00 938,907,295.20
Income including customer and client receipts and specific grants-618,342,000.00-571,361,125.00
Net budget402,900,660.00 367,546,170.20
Government grants-101,003,000.00-83,565,000.00
Retained business rates-57,610,000.00-59,676,000.00
Collection fund surplus-7,008,000.00-6,840,000.00
Special expenses-513,703.12-489,021.00
Use of reserves-14,683,000.00-8,966,000.00
Council Tax requirement222,082,956.88 208,010,149.20
Taxbase124,619.40122,527.80
Band D Council Tax1,782.091,697.66

What does my Council Tax pay for?

We deliver a vast range of services to people who live and work in the East Riding of Yorkshire and the Council Tax we collect contributes towards the cost of providing these services.

In 2024/25, we plan to invest over £1 billion in services for residents, businesses and visitors. This includes the following:

  • Nearly £240 million on care services for older people and those with physical and/or learning disabilities. This includes implementing a change programme across adult social care called Your Life Your Way, helping people remain independent for as long as possible
  • £38 million on children's social care. This includes a programme of work to develop a wider range of more accessible support to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Over £30 million on providing high quality leisure facilities, libraries and the customer service network
  • Nearly £9 million on economic regeneration which supports a range of activities, including specific support to enable the high street and businesses to recover from the pandemic
  • We are also spending nearly £80 million on Housing and Public Protection. The council owns and rents 11,251 dwellings and over the next three years will aim to build or acquire 1,000 new affordable homes.

The table below shows how much has been allocated to each service in 2024/25.

Service£m (£)Percentage(%)
Education 398.3 39.0%
Adult Social Care 236.3 23.2%
Children's Social Care 38.0 3.7%
Public Health 16.6 1.6%
Planning and Development Management 6.5 0.6%
Economic Regeneration 8.5 0.8%
Leisure, Tourism, Library Services and Customer Service Network 31.9 3.1%
Housing and Public Protection 78.6 7.7%
Streetscene Services - including waste, recycling, grounds maintenance and street cleansing services 45.9 4.5%
Transport 6.7 0.7%
Highways and Property Maintenance 50.7 5.0%
Benefit Payments 47.7 4.7%
Business Support - including legal, democratic, finance, people services, procurement and income collection services 55.5 5.4%
Totals 1021.2 100.0%

How is Council Tax calculated?

The exact amount of Council Tax you pay depends on:

  • the council tax band for your property
  • the amount we need to raise from Council Tax to provide council services to the people of East Riding of Yorkshire, including a separate amount for adult social care how much we are asked to collect on behalf of Humberside Police, Humberside Fire and Rescue and your local town or parish council (where relevant)
  • any special expenses for services we provide that would normally be provided by a town or parish council

The table below shows how much of your Council Tax goes to the council, Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue. It also shows a separate amount taken for adult social care.

It does not include any amounts for town or council parish precepts or special expenses.

Service Band A
(£)
Band B
(£)
Band C
(£)
Band D
(£)
Band E
(£)
Band F
(£)
Band G
(£)
Band H
(£)
ERYC - general services1,016.051,185.391,354.741,524.081,862.772,201.452,540.133,048.16
ERYC - adult social care precept 172.06 200.74 229.41 258.09 315.44 372.80 430.15 516.18
Humberside Fire and Rescue 65.29 76.18 87.06 97.94 119.70 141.47 163.23 195.88
Humberside Police 187.45 218.70 249.94 281.18 343.66 406.15 468.63 562.36

What is the increase in Council Tax?

There are two charges for East Riding of Yorkshire Council on your bill – one charge is for general services and the other is a separate charge called the adult social care precept.

In 2024/25, our Council Tax charge has increased by a total of 4.99 per cent compared to 2023/24. This consists of a 2.99 per cent increase for general council services and 2 per cent increase for adult social care.

The amount for the adult social care precept on your 2024/25 Council Tax bill is the cumulative charge made since it was first introduced in 2016/17. The council is required by the Government to show the adult social care precept in this way. This charge helps to fund the council’s adult social care budget.

Each year the Government sets a referendum threshold for Council Tax increases, meaning that councils that wish to set an increase in excess of this threshold have to put the proposals to a local referendum. For 2024/25, the Secretary of State has set the percentage that Council Tax can be increased without a referendum as 3 per cent for the general Council Tax increase and 2 per cent for the Adult Social Care precept increase. This means that our Council Tax increase of 4.99 per cent does not exceed the referendum threshold.

The table below shows for each Council Tax band:

  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council charges for general services and adult social care in 2023/24
  • how the increase for general services and the adult social care precept is calculated
  • the subtotals for general services and adult social care in 2024/25
  • the total amount of Council Tax payable for each band (excluding police, fire and rescue and town and parish council precepts).
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Item Row Band A
(£)
Band B
(£)
Band C
(£)
Band D
(£)
Band E
(£)
Band F
(£)
Band G
(£)
Band H
(£)
2023/24 totals







ERYC - general amount
1 982.22 1,145.92 1,309.62 1,473.33 1,800.74 2,128.14 2,455.55 2,946.66
ERYC - adult social care precept
2 149.43 174.33 199.24 224.14 273.95 323.76 373.57 448.28
Total charge
3 1,131.65 1,320.25 1,508.86 1,697.47 2,074.69 245.19 2,829.12 3,394.94
2023/24 Increases








General Increase
(equals row 3 x 2.99 per cent)
4 33.83 39.47 45.12 50.75 62.03 73.31 84.58 101.50
Adult Social Care precept increase
(equals row 3 x 2 per cent)
5 22.63 26.41 30.17 33.95 41.49 49.04 56.58 67.90
Total ERYC increase
(equals row 3 x 4.99 per cent)
6 56.46 65.88 75.29 84.70 103.52 141.16 169.40

2024/25 totals








ERYC - general amount
(equals row 1 + row 4)

1,016.05 1,185.39 1,354.74 1,524.08 1,862.77 2,201.45 2,540.13 3,048.16
ERYC - adult social care precept
(equals row 2 + row 5)
172.06 200.74 229.41 258.09 315.44 372.80 430.15 516.18
Total charge in 2021/22
(equals row 3 + row 6)
1,188.11 1,386.13 1,584.15 1,782.17 2,178.21 2,574.25 2,970.28 3,564.34

What is the adult social care precept?

Adult social care provides care for older and vulnerable people (such as people with a learning or physical disability) in their own homes, or in a residential or nursing care home.

The Government recognises that due to the numbers of people living longer with conditions that require some assistance with daily living, the cost of providing adult social care across the UK is rising.

To help local authorities, like us, generate funds to pay for adult social care, the Government introduced an additional Council Tax charge in 2016/17. This is called the ‘adult social care precept’ and must be shown as a separate amount on your Council Tax bill.

Statement concerning adult social care funding

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area of England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its Council Tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016/17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019/20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons. Approval was granted for the financial year 2024/25.

What are precepts and special expenses?

Police, fire and rescue

Your Council Tax bill includes a charge for police, fire and rescue services. We are required to collect this on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Humberside and Humberside Fire and Rescue. You can find out how much of your Council Tax money is required to provide their services and how the money will be spent in their precept leaflets.

Humberside Police precept (pdf 357kb)

Humberside Fire and Rescue precept (external website)

Town and parish councils

Each town or parish council provides a different level of service based on the individual requirements of the area it serves. This means they are responsible for setting their own budgets and each year they make a request to us to include a charge for their services in your Council Tax bill.

This charge is known as a ‘precept’ and the precept for the town or parish council you live in is shown as a separate item on your bill.

Town or parish councils that have a budget of £140,000 or more must provide us with detailed budget information and how they are going to spend it. You can access this information below:

Town and parish councils

Each town or parish council provides a different level of service based on the individual requirements of the area it serves. This means they are responsible for setting their own budgets and each year they make a request to us to include a charge for their services in your Council Tax bill.

This charge is known as a ‘precept’ and the precept for the town or parish council you live in is shown as a separate item on your bill.

Town or parish councils that have a budget of £140,000 or more must provide us with detailed budget information and how they are going to spend it. You can access this information below:

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To find out more about the precepts above, or find out about town or parish councils with a budget less than £140,000, please contact the relevant town or parish clerk.

Use our parish finder to find town or parish council contact details.

Special expenses

Special expenses are charges for services we provide, such as maintenance of parks, open spaces and closed churchyards, which in other areas of the East Riding are provided by town and parish councils. If you want to find out about the special expenses relevant to the area you live in, see below:

What are levies?

The Environmental Agency, Hull and Goole Port Health Authority and Internal Drainage Boards can request money from us for the services they provide in a financial year. This is known as a 'levy'.

Levies are included in your Council Tax charge but are not detailed separately on your Council Tax bill.

Environment Agency levies

The Yorkshire region of the Environment Agency has responsibility for flood defence along main rivers and flood defence and the maintenance of the river system in the catchments of the River Severn and River Trent.

The levies on East Riding of Yorkshire Council in 2024/25 total £0.232m, compared to £0.222m in 2023/24.

The gross expenditure and levies of the two regions are detailed in the tables below.

Midlands and Trent region

Income and expenditure2023/24
(£)
2024/25
(£)
Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure78,822,00082,164,0003,342,000
Levy requirement for all areas2,268,1102,313,47245,362
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council157150 -7

A change in the gross budgeted expenditure between years reflects the programme of works for both capital and revenue needed by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to which you contribute. The total Local Levy by this committee has increased by 2.0%.

Yorkshire region

Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure118,709,000133,559,000 14,850,000
Levy requirement for all areas2,832,6772,945,984 113,307
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council222,273231,9999,726

A change in the gross budgeted expenditure between years reflects the programme of works for both capital and revenue needed by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to which you contribute. The total Local Levy by this committee has increased by 4.0%.

North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NEIFCA)

The North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NEIFCA) is responsible for managing and conserving marine resources between the River Tyne and North East Lincolnshire. The authority is made up of 11 local authorities that have part of England's coast within their area, plus members of the Marine Management Organisation, the Environment Agency and Natural England. The total membership of the authority is 30.

Further information can be found on the NEIFCA website (external website).

Income and expenditure 2023/24 (£) 2024/25 (£) Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure1,377,4641,535,873 158,408
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council 306,073341,27135,198

Administrative and financial functions are undertaken by the East Riding of Yorkshire Council – one of the member authorities.

The increase in gross expenditure and the levy requirement for ERYC is due to investment in a replacement patrol vessel and inflationary pressures.

Hull and Goole Port Health Authority

The Hull and Goole Port Health Authority is a Joint Board local authority partnership originally constituted as the Hull and Goole Port Sanitary Authority on 11 June 1887 by virtue of a Statutory Instrument (Port Order) by Parliament.

The increase in levies approved by the Board is linked to the impact of higher inflation factors on the Authority’s budget.

Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure990,175730,290287,973
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council39,10340,668 1,565

The Hull and Goole PHA Board agreed to increase the levies by 4% for 2024/25.

Internal drainage boards (IDB)

An internal drainage board (IDB) is a type of operating authority which is established in areas of special drainage need in England and Wales with permissive powers to undertake work to secure clean water drainage and water level management within drainage districts. The area of an IDB is not determined by county or council boundaries, but by water catchment areas within a given region.

Beverley and North Holderness and Foss IDB

Beverley and North Holderness IDB and Foss IDB are managed by the York Consortium of Drainage Boards:

York Consortium Drainage Boards (external website)

Refer to the tables below for their gross expenditure and levy requirements.

Beverley and North Holderness IDB
Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure997,0801,017,08420,004
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council431,828464,37932,551
Foss IDB
Income and expenditure2023/24(£)2024/25(£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure844,325993,113148,788
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council19,01719,016811

The Board’s income of rates and levies has an increase to cover increasing costs of providing its maintenance programme.

Shire Group of IDBs

The following IDBs are managed by Yorkshire Humber Drainage:

Shire Group of IDBs (external website)

Goole Fields District Drainage Board
Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure33,33333,38552
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council6,7916,935144

Increased rate from 23.5p in the £ to 24.00p in order meet increased maintenance costs if/when a new contractor is appointed.

Goole and Airmyn substation 1 and 2
Income and expenditure2023/24 (£) 2024/25 (£) Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure352,668233,203 -119,465
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council 309,948 309,948 0
Yorkshire and Humber Drainage Boards

The following IDBs are managed by Yorkshire and Humber Drainage Boards (YHDB): Black Drain, Cowick and Snaith, Danvm, Dempster, Ouse and Humber, Rawcliffe, Reedness and Swinefleet. Most of these IDBs have decided to keep rate increases close to the expected general rate of inflation. Some adjustments in the non-agricultural land drainage charge (the Special Levy) have been made because of land being developed . YHDB welcome all enquiries about the essential work of these drainage boards.

Black Drain Drainage Board
Income and expenditure 2023/24 (£) 2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure193,303183,223 -10,080
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council 755822 67
Cowick and Snaith
Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure111,394117,011 5,617
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council81,19581,195 0
Danvm Drainage Commissioners
Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure2,639,4842,737,710 98,226
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council44,35065,953 21,603
Dempster
Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure56,23466,540 10,306
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council38,55145,354 6,803
Ouse and Humber Drainage Board
Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure2,946,2653,074,853 128,588
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council1,043,9741,097,268 53,294
Rawcliffe
Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure122,616130,727 8,111
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council89,26293,8994,637
Reedness and Swinefleet
Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure118,720132,613 13,893
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council41,69243,777 2,085

Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire

In common with all Internal Drainage Boards, the Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Level Management Board has experienced extremely high rises in energy prices. [Isle of Axholme and North Nottinghamshire Water Level Management Board has] lobbied government extensively through MPs, through working with councils and through meetings with Defra, in order to see if a solution can be found or some mitigation can be put in place to cover these unusual conditions.

In addition [the Board has] switched energy suppliers to secure a lower unit rate for electricity and therefore limit the extent to which [the Board is], unfortunately, obliged to increase the special levy rate. For more information please visit: wmc-idbs.org.uk.

Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure1,711,0881,839,682 128,594
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council13,26413,928 664

South Holderness IDB

More information about this IDB is available by emailing info@southholdernessidb.co.uk.

Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure260,902291,520 30,348
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council65,21566,364 1,149

There has been a small change due to some properties having become subject to business rates and special levy. More information about this IDB is available by emailing info@southholdernessidb.co.uk.

Thorntree

Income and expenditure2023/24 (£)2024/25 (£)Increase or decrease (-)
Gross expenditure22,30027,434 5,134
Levy requirement for East Riding of Yorkshire Council2,9624,190 1,228

Increase due to increase in the Rating assessment of non-agricultural properties, and due to increased cost of electricity for the Pumping Station which has increased by 50% in 2023.

My property is empty so why do I have to pay Council Tax when I don’t live there?

There is no current discount for properties that are empty. The council charges more for properties that have been largely unfurnished and empty for at least two years, but this has changed to at least one year from 1 April 2024 because of new laws on council tax.

Some cases properties are exempt from the empty property premium as follows:

  • a dwelling which would otherwise be the sole or main residence of a member of the armed services, who is absent from the property as a result of such service
  • a dwelling, which forms part of a single property that is being treated by a resident of that property as part of the main dwelling.

The Government introduced the premium in 2013-14 to help the council fulfill its goal of reducing the number of properties that have been vacant for a long time in the East Riding and to encourage the owners of these properties to either rent them out or sell them, which would make more housing available. The amount of premium charged depends on how long the property has been vacant and is shown in the table below.

If you buy a property that is already vacant, you should find out from the council when the property became empty and unfurnished to figure out when a premium might apply.

You can contact us on (01482) 393939 to ask when this happened if you are unsure.

Time property has been empty and unfurnishedAdditional empty home premiumTotal Council Tax charge
1 year100 per cent200 per cent
5 years200 per cent300 per cent
10 years300 per cent400 per cent

Notice of new Council Tax charge for second homes from April 2025

You’ll usually have to pay Council Tax on a property you own or rent that’s not your main home, such as holiday homes. Find out how the new charge will affect you and what you need to do to prepare.

The new charge

The new charge is a 100% increase in the Council Tax rate for second homes in England and Wales. It will apply from 1 April 2025 to any property that is not your main residence and is not rented out for at least 140 days a year.

Why is the new charge being introduced?

The new charge is part of the government's plan to tackle the housing crisis and support local communities. The government hopes that the new charge will encourage owners of second homes to either sell them, rent them out, or use them more often, freeing up more housing for local residents and boosting the local economy.

How will the new charge affect me?

If you own a second home in England or Wales, you will need to pay the new charge from April 2025, unless you meet one of the following exemptions:

  • Your second home is a caravan, mobile home, or houseboat
  • Your second home is used for work purposes, and you spend at least 50 nights a year there
  • Your second home is subject to a statutory exemption, such as being owned by a charity, a diplomat, or a member of the armed forces.

If you do not meet any of the exemptions, you will need to pay the new charge on top of your existing Council Tax bill.

What do I need to do to prepare?

If you own a second home in England or Wales, you should take the following steps to prepare for the new charge:

  • Check if you meet any of the exemptions and if you need to provide any evidence to the council
  • Review your budget and plan ahead for the increased Council Tax payments from April 2025
  • Consider your options for your second home, such as selling it, renting it out, or using it more often.

For more information about the new charge, visit the government website:

GOV.UK - How Council Tax works (external website)

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