Council Tax Information

What is Council Tax?

Council Tax is the system of local taxation used in England, Scotland and Wales to part fund the services provided by local government in each country.  It was introduced in 1993 by the Local Government Finance Act 1992, as a successor to the unpopular Community Charge. The basis for the tax is residential property, with discounts, reliefs and exemptions.

The Valuation Office Agency, which is part of HM Revenues & Customs, has valued all the domestic property in the country. Each property has been placed in one of eight valuation bands which range from A to H and reflect the estimated market value for which the property might reasonably have been sold on the open market on 1 April 1991.The

The The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities  has published Paying the right level of Council Tax: a plain English guide to Council Tax (opens in a separate window)


If you have been affected financially by the Coronavirus and believe you will have difficulty meeting your instalments, we are here to help.  We may be able to grant a reduction, delay your instalments, suspend any recovery action and give advice regarding any other support that is available. 

Although local councils are taking the burden of paying council tax into consideration, as it stands, most households will have to keep paying council tax as normal.  We can reassure you that we will not take any new recovery action if residents are temporarily unable to pay council tax.

Sign in to your My Erewash account and complete the form called Council Tax - Delay Recovery Request if you need help.

Help, support and advice is available from the debt advice sector.  More information is available on the Help with your Council Tax page (opens in a separate window)

Direct Debit

Just under 70 per cent of our customers pay their bills by direct debit.  To set up a direct debit complete a form on My Erewash.

Online Payments

You can also pay online without a My Erewash account using a debit or credit card via our Capita Online Payments website.

Telephone payments using a debit/credit card

You can pay by phone on our automated Card Payment Line: 0115 9072222. This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.