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Council tax includes sewerage and fresh water in Scotland?

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Muddle2000 Thu 01-Sep-16 19:10:33

Am i right that the Council tax property charge includes water bills?
In this area of England a standard Band C is the same as Edinburgh but we stlll have to pay water supply and sewerage on top?
Tell me I am not dreaming. How can it be so much cheaper in Scotland?

MrsAmaretto Thu 01-Sep-16 20:06:55

No. You get one bill and on it is listed Council tax, water and sewerage. So when you see that a house is Band C, this does not include the water & sewerage charges.

Council tax in Scotland is probably lower that England as the SNP have made local authorities freeze it for the last so many years. Some think this is a good thing, some think it would give councils more to spend on vital services if it could rise.

WankersHacksandThieves Thu 01-Sep-16 23:28:21

You may also find that a standard band C house varies as the property revaluation bands were done in SCotland more recently than in England (I think) - an example of a Band C property in Edinburgh is a 2 bed mid terrace in an okay area on the outskirts of town.

prettybird Fri 02-Sep-16 08:43:34

You are right. The council tax demand includes the water rates. That's why in some years, even though the council tax itself has been frozen, the demand has gone up slightly, as the water rates element has gone.

If you don't have main sewerage, you should also get a discount - which happened to my dad and the other flats in his large conversion when they realised they'd been paying full water rates despite having to use a septic tank.

coolpotato Fri 02-Sep-16 11:48:38

it rains a lot up here.....we have water to spare.

HirplesWithHaggis Fri 02-Sep-16 12:05:25

Yes, it appears on the council tax bill, yes you can get a discount if you're not on mains sewerage (but you have to remind them every sodding year in my council), yes the SNP have had a freeze for years (but make up their funding of councils to cover inflation from the start point) but also - water has not been privatised in Scotland so we're not having to pay dividends to shareholders.

Euphemia Sat 03-Sep-16 15:34:55

See all those TAs schools have in England? We don't have anything like as many Classroom Assistants these days. Indeed, many posts cover class support and admin/office duties now.

There are different spending priorities in different countries. The Scottish Government has frozen council tax for years to keep people sweet, and in the meantime services have been cut to the bone.

HirplesWithHaggis Sat 03-Sep-16 16:00:12

Yes, the Scottish Government have frozen Council Tax at 2007/08 levels since then - but CT accounts for only 15% of the local authorities budget. The rest comes from the gvt, who have increased annually the amount given by the rate of inflation, so that councils aren't missing out. A recent audit suggested that they've actually overfunded such payments by a couple of million over the years.

How LA choose to spend that money is up to them, so if the education budget has been cut it's an issue to take up with your councillors.

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