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Your Services

How your Council Tax helps pay for the services we provide.

Swale Borough Council, Kent County Council, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority, together deliver most of the local services in your area. The Council Tax you pay is collected by us on behalf of these authorities. The total amount is then divided between them. Each year we are able to decide if our share of Council Tax charged is increased.

The Council Tax you pay goes to the following:

This year each authority increased their portion of Council Tax by:

  • Kent County Council - 2%
  • Kent County Council Adult Social Care - 3%
  • Swale Borough Council - 2.8%
  • Kent Police and Crime Commissioner – 7.4%
  • Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Service – 1.9%

If you live in an area with a parish council the amount they charge may have increased.

Want to find out how to pay your Council Tax, see our ways to pay page or pay your Council Tax online.

For more information about changes to your Council Tax's contribution to:

View 'Your services - Council Tax 2021/22'

Your Services 2021-22

Download the 'Your services' - Council Tax document (PDF 531kb).

Published 2 March, 2021.