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Council Tax Information

The Council Tax provides part of the money that is needed to administer the services that our local communities need, for example schools, policing, providing support to the elderly and vulnerable, the maintenance of parks and open spaces, getting rid of our rubbish and keeping our streets clean. Your Council Tax is a local tax, based on the value of your property, and it helps to finance the services provided by Bedford Borough Council, the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Authority, and (where applicable) Town and Parish Councils.


If you are moving please click here to notify the Council of your new address


Empty Property Review

In support of the Government's initiative to tackle the shortfall in national housing Bedford Borough Council is currently undertaking a review of empty Council Tax properties. If you have received a letter about your empty property please click here to update the property record for your address.


Information to accompany a Council Tax demand notice

Click here for more information about the spending of Bedford Borough Council, the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Bedfordshire & Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Authority



Useful Links

Direct Debit Instruction


Make a Payment


Frequently Asked Questions


Council Tax Discount & Exemption Application Forms


How to pay your Council Tax


Council Tax Charges


Council Tax Explanatory Notes


To contact the Local Taxation Office, please click here.


Fair Debt Collection Policy 


Attachment of Earnings - Information for Employers


Changes to Council Tax from 1 April 2013

From 1 April 2013 the Council was given greater powers to decide how much help low income households should receive with the cost of Council Tax, and how much Council Tax to charge for certain types of empty properties. 


Council Tax Support

The Council agreed a Council Tax Reduction scheme to replace the Council Tax Benefit scheme at a meeting held on 16 January 2013. The scheme is similar to the national scheme set out in the Council Tax Reduction Scheme (Default Scheme) (England) Regulations 2012 but with some variations.

Please click here for further information about Council Tax Support.


Changes to Unoccupied Dwellings

The law changed from 1 April 2013 and the exemption available to an unoccupied and substantially unfurnished property ( Class C exemption) and to a property which requires or is undergoing major repair to render it habitable or undergoing structural alterations (Class A exemption) was abolished from 1 April 2013.

The Council determined at a meeting on 16 January 2013 that from 1 April 2013 there is no discount for a property which is

(a) unoccupied and substantially unfurnished, or

(b) undergoing or requiring major repairs to render it habitable or undergoing structural repair. 


The Council also resolved that a 50% premium will be added to the Council Tax payable on a property that has been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for a continuous period of two years or more. 


Changes to Second Homes

The Council further resolved that the discount of 10% which was available where a property was unoccupied but remained furnished or was occupied as a second home was withdrawn from 1 April 2013.


A Council Taxpayer may be entitled to 50% discount in the Council Tax for a second home if they are liable to pay Council Tax on the second home and  their main home and either of those properties is job related. To download an application form please click here




Council Tax and Data Protection

How we will use your information

The information that you provide will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and relevant legislation. This authority has a duty to protect public funds it administers, and may use information held about you for the prevention and detection of fraud and other lawful purposes. This may include, but not be limited to, matching council tax data with Electoral Registration records. The council will also use the information for the purpose of performing any of its statutory enforcement duties. It will make any disclosures required by law and may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds. We will not disclose your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes.

National Fraud Initiative

The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) is the Audit Commission’s data matching exercise that tackles a broad range of fraud risks faced by the public sector. This means the Audit Commission is to cross check claims for council tax single occupier discount against other databases held by them. For more information please go to http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/ (link opens in a new window).

Click here for more information about about data matching and the fair processing notice.

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