We all have to pay council tax but how much does it really vary?

Hugely - according to property company Coulters, which compared council tax prices across the UK in band D.

Its data found that homeowners at the top end of the scale pay over £1,300 more than those at the bottom.

Surprisingly, some of the four wealthiest areas in London pay the lowest council tax including Westminster, Wandsworth, City of London, Hammersmith & Fulham.

Wandsworth ranks second in the areas paying the least, with those living in band D properties shelling out as little as £800.

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Other cheap places were in Scotland, including the Shetland and Orkney Islands, where council tax is generally lower - although residents pay an extra charge for public water and sewage bills.

As for those paying the most, rural areas pay a lot more council tax than those in cities. Rutland, the UK’s smallest county and home to just 40,000 people, pays the highest overall at £2,125 for a band D property. This is £307 (17%) more than the national average.

Data for England was sourced from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. StatsWales was used for Wales and each local council’s website for Scotland.