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Council Tax

Council tax

Each year your council tax bill tells you what you pay for your local council’s services, as well as what you contribute to other important Greater Manchester-wide public services, such as the police and fire and rescue service.

These are called “precepts” and always appear on your bill. This year, the responsibility for setting these precepts sits with our new Mayor, so they will look slightly different to how they have in previous years.

On the bill there will be two sections which refer to mayoral precepts. One is for the policing precept, which used to be the responsibility of the Police and Crime Commissioner, in whose name this used to appear on your bill. On your bill, this will be called the Mayoral Police and Crime Commissioner Precept”.

The other is called the “Mayoral General Precept”. However, the vast majority of this comprises the costs of the fire service, with a small amount (£6.22 for the year for a Band B property, which is the Greater Manchester average) going to pay for the new mayoral functions. Funding for the fire service used to be the responsibility for the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, which is how this precept has appeared on your bill in previous years.

The following pages give all the financial details of these precepts, and compare them to what you paid last year:

We’ve also given details of the costs of transport in Greater Manchester. This doesn’t appear on your bill as it is mostly funded through a levy contribution from the local districts, with a smaller proportion coming from the mayoral precept.

All of these issues have been considered by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, and a number of reports have been published: