Council Tax

 

 

We do not collect Council Tax payments.

Please contact your local district or borough authority if you wish to make enquiries about paying your Council Tax.

Your Council Tax explained

Council Tax is paid by every eligible household in the country to your district or borough council.

This money is then distributed amongst your district or borough council, the county council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, and in some cases, your parish council.

2019 to 2020 Council Tax bandings for Northamptonshire County Council

​Council Tax band​Council Tax​Adult Social Care Precept​Total
​A​£764.26​£59.81​£824.07
​B​£891.63​£69.78​£961.41
​C​£1,019.01​£79.75​£1,098.76
​D​£1,146.38​£89.72​£1,236.10
​E​£1,401.13​£109.66​£1,510.79
​F​£1,655.88​£129.60​£1,785.48
​G​£1,910.64​£149.53​£2,060.17
​H​£2,292.76​£179.44​£2,472.20

How much has my Council Tax increased and why?

The financial climate continues to present challenges in maintaining service delivery with reduced Central Government funding. This is reinforced by the fact that the current Council Tax revenue now accounts for over 72% (£303.3m) of Northamptonshire County Council’s Net Revenue Budget of £417.7m. Consequently, there is continued pressure to require Local Authorities to be self-determined with increased reliance and dependency on increases in tax base growth and maximum collection rates.

Within the 2019 to 2020 Northamptonshire County Council budget a Council Tax increase of 4.99% has been applied. Please note that the percentage increase may be shown to one decimal place on your Council Tax bill. Therefore, although a 4.99% increase has been applied it will be rounded to 5.0% when shown on your bill.

The Adult Social Care Precept is unchanged.

​Council Tax Band​Property value (1991)​2018 to 2019 Council Tax (restated*)2019 to 2020 Council Tax increase @ 4.99%2019 to 2020 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 0% 2019 to 2020 Total Council Tax​
A​Up to £40,000£​784.90​£39.17​£0£824.07
​B​£40,001 to £52,000​£915.72​£45.69​£0​£961.41
​C​£52,001 to £68,000​£1,046.54​£52.22​£0​£1,098.76
​D​£68,001 to £88,000​£1,177.35​£58.75​£0​£1,236.10
​E​£88,001 to £120,000​£1,438.98​£71.81​£0​£1,510.79
​F​£120,001 to £160,000​£1,700.62​£84.86​£0​£1,785.48
​G​£160,001 to £320,000​£1,962.25​£97.92£0​£2,060.17
​H​£320,001+​£2,354.70£117.50£0£2,472.20

*Note: Responsibility for the Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue Service transferred from the county council to the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (OPFCC) during 2018 to 2019. Therefore, the Fire & Rescue Service will form part of the OPFCC's Council Tax precept for 2019 to 2020. The county council's 2018 to 2019 Council Tax figures have therefore been restated to remove the amount attributable to the Fire & Rescue Service. 

What is the Adult Social Care Precept?

Local authorities with responsibility for adult social care can levy an additional charge on their Council Tax to provide funding for their service area. Increases to the Adult Social Care Precept were limited by Government to 6% total across the financial years 2017 to 2018, 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020. NCC applied a 3% increase to Adult Social Care Precept in 2017 to 2018 and 2018 to 2019 respectively, therefore 0% has been applied in 2019 to 2020. So the Council’s Adult Social Care Precept is unchanged from the level in 2018 to 2019.

Adult Social Care Precept is calculated on a cumulative basis. The table below provides a further breakdown.

Council Tax Band​Property value (1991) 2016-17 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 2%​ 2017-18 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 3%​2018-19 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 3%2019 to 2020 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 0%Total Cumulative Adult Social Care Precept​
​AUp to £40,000​£14.25​£22.23​£23.33​£0​£59.81
​B​​£40,001 to £52,000​£16.63​£25.93​£27.22​£0​£69.78
​C​​£52,001 to £68,000​£19.01​£29.64£31.10£0​£79.75
​D£68,001 to £88,000​£21.38​£33.34​£35.00​£0​£89.72
​E​​£88,001 to £120,000​£26.13​£40.75​£42.78​£0​£109.66
​F​​£120,001 to £160,000​£30.88​£48.16​£50.56​£0​£129.60
​G​​£160,001 to £320,000​£35.63​£55.57​£58.33​£0​£149.53
​H​​£320,001+​£42.76​£66.68​£70.00​£0​£179.44

2019 to 2020 budget calculation

The increase of 4.99% was applied to the Band D Council Tax Charge from 2018 to 2019; 4.99% for Council Tax and 0% for Adult Social Care.

Council Tax increase on 2018 to 2019: 4.99%

£1,177.35 x 4.99% = £58.75

Adult Social Care increase on 2018 to 2019: 0%

£1,177.35 x 0% = £0

Overall 2018 to 2019 charge for Council Tax: £1,236.10

District Precepts

The income anticipated in 2019 to 2020 from Council Tax precepts total £303.3m. This reflects the latest estimated numbers received from the districts and boroughs for the Council Tax Base.

The precepts calculated for each district and boroughs, based on a Band D Council Tax of £1,236.10, are set out in the table.

​District​Tax base (number of band D equivalent dwellings)​Total 2019 to 2020 Precept
​Corby​19,594.00​£24,220,143
​Daventry​31,609.55​£39,072,565
​East Northamptonshire31,860.00​£39,382,146
​Kettering​32,730.00​£40,457,553
​Northampton​68,418.55​£84,572,170
​South Northamptonshire​36,067.10​£44,582,542
​Wellingborough​25,113.00​£31,042,179
​Total​245,392.20​£303,329,298

The county council's budget

This document lays out our budget for the upcoming financial year of 2019 to 2020.

The following table sets out a comparison of the Council’s budget requirement for 2019 to 2020 compared to the prior year 2018 to 2019:

​2018 to 2019 (£'000)​2019 to 2020 (£'000)
£​639,745Gross expenditure (general fund)​​£617,841
​(£114,324)​Direct grants​(£121,818)
​(£24,663)​Fees and charges​(£34,549)
​(£33,693)​Assessed client contributions(£33,403)​
​(£10,456)​Other contributions​(£10,350)
​(£31,659)​Flexible use of capital receipts, and budgeted use of reserves​£0
​£424,950 ​Net budget requirement ​£417,720
​Funded by: ​
(£92,680)​​Business Rates​(£98,693)
​(£22,493)​Revenue Support Grant​£0
​(£3,560)​Section 31 Business Rates Retention Relief​(£4,127)
​(£3,882)​New Homes Bonus​(£3,905)
​(£6,131)​Collection Fund surplus​(£7,667)
​(£296,205)​Council Tax requirement​(£303,328)
​(£424,950)​Total funding​(£417,720)

Note 1: The schools budget is funded by the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) and is not shown in the table above.

Note 2: The Council’s gross budget for 2019 to 2020 has reduced by £22.6m due to the transfer of the Fire & Rescue Service to the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner. Consequently the Council’s funding (Business Rates, Council Tax and applicable grants) is also reduced in 2019 to 2020 as a result of the Fire Service transfer.

Note 3: Direct grants for 2019 to 2020 includes funding of £7.36m in respect of winter pressures and Social Care Support Grant.

Note 4: The increase in fees and charges income is partly due to Olympus Care Services being included in 2019 to 2020, following this service transferring in-house, having been external in 2018 to 2019 and therefore not included in the prior year.

Additionally there has been a £4.6m adjustment to fees and charges following the instruction by the DfE that the DSG primary and secondary schools affordability gap budget is now being included in 2019 to 2020 schools funding formula (PFI formula factor) and recovered by including this in the invoices raised to recover PFI funding from schools.

Note 5: The Council will be part of the 75% Business Rates Retention pilot for 2019 to 2020. This means that no Revenue Support Grant (RSG) will be received, as it will be encompassed as part of the 75% Business Rates Retention pilot.

Environment Agency flood levy

The Environment Agency is a levying body for its Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Functions under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and the Environment Agency (Levies) (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.

The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood and coastal erosion risk management for 1314km, 2292km, 2486km and 5200km of main river and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the Anglian Central Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Anglian Northern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Severn & Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, and Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee respectively.

Money is spent on the construction of new flood defence schemes, the maintenance of the river system and existing flood defences together with the operation of a flood warning system and management of the risk of coastal erosion.

The following information has been supplied by the Environment Agency.

The financial details are:

Anglian Central​ ​Anglian Northern ​​Severn & Wye ​​​Thames ​
​2018 to 2019 ​2019 to 2020 ​2018 to 2019 ​2019 to 2020 ​​2018 to 2019 ​​2019 to 2020 ​​2018 to 2019 ​2019 to 2020
​Gross expenditure (£'000)​£10,957​£26,634£​56,765£​82,537​£14,847​£15,871​£86,424£​112,919
​Levies raised (£'000)​£1,110£​1,166​£1,698​£1,698​£1,128​£1,151£​11,351​£11,577
​Total Council Tax Base (number of Band D equivalent dwellings)​667680​581​592​958​974​5,001​5,085​

The majority of funding for flood defence comes directly from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). However, under the new Partnership Funding rule not all schemes will attract full central funding. To provide local funding for local priorities and contributions for partnership funding the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees recommend through the Environment Agency a local levy.

A change in the gross budgeted expenditure between years reflects the programme of works for both capital and revenue needed by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to which you contribute. The total Local Levy raised by Anglian Central Regional Flood and Coastal Committee has stayed the same. The total Local Levy raised by Anglian Northern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee has increased by 2.0%. The total Local Levy raised by Severn & Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee has increased by 2.0%. The total Local Levy raised by Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee has increased by 1.99%.

The total Local Levy raised has increased from £1,697,648 in 2018 to 2019 to £1,697,648 for 2019/2020 for Anglian Central Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. The total Local Levy raised has increased from £1,128,018 in 2018/2019 to £1,150,579 for 2019/2020 for Anglian Northern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. The total Local Levy raised has increased from £1,128,018 in 2018 to 2019 to £1,150,579 for 2019/2020 for Severn & Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. The total Local Levy raised has increased from £11,351,056 in 2018 to 2019 to £11,576,942 for 2019/2020 for Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.