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Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.

In a statement shortly after midday, the palace said: "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

The Duke of Edinburgh, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, had returned to Windsor Castle on 16 March after a month in hospital.

Boris Johnson said he "inspired the lives of countless young people".

Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, said the duke "consistently put the interests of others ahead of his own and, in so doing, provided an outstanding example of Christian service".

The palace added: "The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss."

Our deepest condolences go to the Royal Family at this time.

Full information can be read at: https://www.royal.uk/

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What is council tax?

Council tax is collected by your local council to pay for services in your community. It was introduced in 1993, replacing the Community Charge (poll tax), which in turn replaced local rates in England and Wales in 1990.

The previous rates system was based on the rental value of your home - by contrast, council tax is based on the property's market value.

Every property is put into a council tax band between A and H, based on its size, location and a few other factors.

You’ll be sent a bill in April each year, with the option to pay off the amount in full, or broken up in instalments.

Paying the bill is normally the responsibility of the person living in the property, either the owner-occupiers or tenants in privately rented or council accommodation.

Visit Cherwell District Council for further information.

How is council tax spent?

Money earned through council tax goes towards local services such as policing, fire services, support for the elderly and vulnerable, parks maintenance, and refuse disposal and street cleaning.

Each council is responsible for allotting the funds as it sees fit.

Council tax pays for 25% of local government spending. Other money comes from business rates. These services are also funded by central government.