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.

2020 to 2021 Council Tax bandings for Northamptonshire County Council

​Council Tax band​Council Tax​Adult Social Care Precept​Total
​A​£780.66​£76.29​£856.95
​B​£910.76​£89.01​£999.77
​C​£1,040.88​£101.72​£1,142.60
​D​£1,170.98​£114.44​£1,285.42
​E​£1,431.20​£139.87​£1,571.07
​F​£1,691.42​£165.30​£1,856.72
​G​£1,951.64​£190.73​£2,142.37
​H​£2,341.96​£228.88​£2,570.84

How much has my Council Tax increased and why?

The financial climate continues to present challenges in maintaining service delivery. This is reinforced by the fact that the current Council Tax revenue now accounts for over 70% (£321m) of Northamptonshire County Council’s Net Revenue Budget of £445.7m. Consequently, there is continued pressure to require Local Authorities to be self-determinant with increased reliance and dependency on increases in tax base growth and maximum collection rates.

Within the 2020 to 2021 Northamptonshire County Council budget a Council Tax increase of 3.99% has been applied. This increase consists of a 1.99% increase to the Core Council Tax rate, and a 2.00% increase in the Adult Social Care precept. Please note that the increase may be shown to one decimal place on your Council Tax bill. Therefore although a 3.99% increase has been applied it will be displayed as 2.0% on Core Council Tax and 2.0% increase in Adult Social Care Precept when shown on your bill.

​Council Tax Band​Property value (1991)​2019 to 2020 Council Tax2020 to 2021 Council Tax increase @ 1.99%2020 to 2021 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 2% 2020 to 2021 Total Council Tax​
A​Up to £40,000£​824.07​£16.40​£16.48£856.95
​B​£40,001 to £52,000​£961.41​£19.13​£19.23​£999.77
​C​£52,001 to £68,000​£1,098.76​£21.87​£21.97​£1,142.60
​D​£68,001 to £88,000​£1,236.10​£24.60​£24.72​£1,285.42
​E​£88,001 to £120,000​£1,510.79​£30.07​£30.21​£1,571.07
​F​£120,001 to £160,000​£1,785.48​£35.54​£35.70​£1,856.72
​G​£160,001 to £320,000​£2,060.17​£41.00£41.20​£2,142.37
​H​£320,001+​£2,472.20£49.20£49.44£2,570.84

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 previously limited by Government to 6% total across the financial years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20.

NCC applied a 3% increase to Adult Social Care Precept in 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively. As announced in the Local Government Financial Settlement 2020-21, flexibility has been granted to Local Authorities to be able to apply an increase to the Adult Social Care precept in 2020-21. Northamptonshire County Council has approved a 2.0% increase to Adult Social Care precept in 2020-21.

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%​2020 to 2021 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 2%Total Cumulative Adult Social Care Precept​
​AUp to £40,000​£14.25​£22.23​£23.33​£0​£16.48​£76.29
​B​​£40,001 to £52,000​£16.63​£25.93​£27.22​£0​£19.23​£89.01
​C​​£52,001 to £68,000​£19.01​£29.64£31.10£0​£21.97​£101.72
​D£68,001 to £88,000​£21.38​£33.34​£35.00​£0​£24.72​£114.44
​E​​£88,001 to £120,000​£26.13​£40.75​£42.78​£0​£30.21​£139.87
​F​​£120,001 to £160,000​£30.88​£48.16​£50.56​£0​£35.70​£165.80
​G​​£160,001 to £320,000​£35.63​£55.57​£58.33​£0​£41.20​£190.73
​H​​£320,001+​£42.76​£66.68​£70.00​£0​£49.44​£228.88

2020 to 2021 budget calculation

The increase of 3.99% was applied to the Band D Council Tax Charge from 2019 to 2020; 1.99% for Council Tax and 2.0% for Adult Social Care.

Council Tax increase on 2019 to 2020: 1.99%

£1,236.10 x 1.99% = £24.60

Adult Social Care Precept increase on 2019 to 2020: 2%

£1,236.10 x 2% = £24.72

Overall 2020 to 2021 charge for Council Tax: £1,285.42 (£1,236.10 + £24.60 + £24.72)

District Precepts

The income anticipated in 2020 to 2021 from Council Tax precepts total £321m. 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 £1,285.42, are set out below.

​District​Tax base (number of band D equivalent dwellings)​Total 2020 to 2021 Precept
​Corby​20,085​£25,817,664
​Daventry​32,446​£41,706,343
​East Northamptonshire32,320​£41,544,779
​Kettering​33,060​£42,495,990
​Northampton​69,376​£89,177,668
​South Northamptonshire​37,012​£47,576,099
​Wellingborough​25,469​£32,738,366
​Total​249,768​£321,056,909

The county council's budget

The 2020 to 2021 Council budget was approved by Full Council on 20 February 2020:

The following table sets out a comparison of the Council’s budget requirement for 2020 to 2021 compared to the prior year 2019 to 2020:

​2019 to 2020 (£'000)​2020 to 2021 (£'000)
£​617,840Gross expenditure (general fund)​​£647,870
​(£121,818)​Direct grants​(£119,996)
​(£34,049)​Fees and charges​(£25,083)
​(£33,403)​Assessed client contributions(£39,399)​
​(£10,350)​Other contributions​(£15,349)
​(£500)​Income Proposals​(£2,338)
​£417,720 ​Net budget requirement ​£445,705
​Funded by: ​
(£98,693)​​Business Rates​(£92,934)
​0​Revenue Support Grant​(£7,880)
​(£4,127)​Section 31 Business Rates Retention Relief​(£5,629)
​(£3,905)​New Homes Bonus​(£4,137)
​(£7,667)​Collection Fund surplus​(£3,406)
​(£303,328)​Council Tax requirement​(£321,056)
​(£417,720)​Total funding​(£445,705)

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

Note 2: During 2019-20 the Council formed part of a 75% Business Rates Retention pilot. This meant that no Revenue Support Grant (RSG) was received during 2019-20, as it was encompassed as part of the 75% Business Rates Retention pilot. As announced in the Local Government Financial Settlement the 75% pilot scheme will not continue into 2020-21, therefore the Northamptonshire Pool will be based on the 50% retention scheme in 2020-21. This also means that the Council will receive RSG in 2020-21.

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 Gt. Ouse 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 financial details are:

Anglian Central​ ​Anglian Northern ​​Severn & Wye ​​​Thames ​
​2019 to 2020 ​2020 to 2021 ​2019 to 2020 ​2020 to 2021 ​​2019 to 2020 ​​2020 to 2021 ​​2019 to 2020 ​2020 to 2021
​Gross expenditure (£'000)​£21,506​£40,379£72,201£​71,875​£14,901​£15,808​£100,146£​101,860
​Levies raised (£'000)​£1,166£​1,195​£1,698​£1,715​£1,151​£1,174£​11,577​£11,807
​Total Council Tax Base (number of Band D equivalent dwellings)​680694​592​602​974​988​5,085​5,163​

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 Gt Ouse Regional Flood and Coastal Committee has increased by 2.5%.
  • The total Local Levy raised by Anglian Northern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee has increased by 1.0%.
  • 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 £1,165,810 in 2019/2020 to £1,194,955 for 2020/2021 for Anglian Gt Ouse Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.
  • The total Local Levy raised has increased from £1,697,648 in 2019/2020 to £1,714,625 for 2020/2021 for Anglian Northern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.
  • The total Local Levy raised has increased from £1,150,579 in 2019/2020 to £1,173,590 for 2020/2021 for Severn & Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.
  • The total Local Levy raised has increased from £11,576,942 in 2019/2020 to £11,807,323 for 2020/2021 for Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee.