Council tax charges

also known as: Band Charges.

Information about how much council tax you will need to pay (council tax band charges), and how council tax is calculated for the current year.

Council tax band charges for 2015-2016

View how much council tax you have to pay according to which band your property is valued at and which parish or town it is situated in.

How council tax is calculated

This information is relevant to 2015-2016.

The council has set the council tax for the year commencing 1 April 2015 (minus parish precepts) as shown below:

 

Northumberland
County Council

Police and Crime
Commissioner for Northumbria

Band A

951.70

58.89

Band B

1110.32 68.70

Band C

1268.93 78.52

Band D

1427.55 88.33

Band E

1744.78 107.96

Band F

2062.02 127.59

Band G

2379.25 147.22

Band H

2855.10 176.66

All properties in Northumberland have been valued by the Valuation Office Agency (not Northumberland County Council) and have been put into one of eight bands from A to H, which reflect the capital value of each property as of 1 April 1991.

Most dwellings will be subject to council tax. There will be one bill per dwelling whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat irrespective of whether it is owned or rented.

The valuation bands of all properties in Northumberland County Council’s area are shown in the Valuation List produced by the Valuation Office Agency. The list can be viewed via the Valuation Office Agency’s website www.voa.gov.uk

The council sets the council tax charge for Band D properties. The charge for other bands will be calculated on fixed proportions using Band D as the base. The proportion you will pay is shown in the table below:

Band

Property value on 1 April 1991

Proportion

A

Up to £40,000

6/9

B

Over £40,001 up to £52,000

7/9

C

Over £52,001 up to £68,000

8/9

D

Over £68,001 up to £88,000

9/9

E

Over £88,001 up to £120,000

11/9

F

Over £120,001 up to £160,000

13/9

G

Over £160,001 up to £320,000

15/9

H

Over £320,000

18/9

Council tax payers may have a right of appeal against their valuation band.

Appeals should be made to: Valuation Office Agency, Earle House, Colonial Street, Hull, HU2 8JN (telephone 03000 501 501 or email ctnorth@voa.gsi.gov.uk).

Payment of council tax cannot be withheld while an appeal is being dealt with. If your appeal is successful any overpayment will be refunded.

When Northumberland County Council provides services in an area that the town council or parish provide in other areas, it can apply a special expense for these service costs. The cost of the expenditure is then borne by the council tax payers of the parish where the service is provided. Details of 2015-2016 special expenses.

Appeals to the Valuation Tribunal can be made for the following reasons:

  • you should not be liable for council tax
  • a property for which you are liable should not be chargeable
  • the Council has not awarded a discount or exemption to which you may be entitled
  • a civil penalty has been incorrectly charged
  • if you think your award of council tax support is incorrect

Representations on the above matters must first be made to the Council.

If agreement is not reached, an appeal to the Valuation Tribunal can then be made.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria.

Your council tax bill includes an element to pay towards policing in Northumbria.  For 2015/16 I have decided to increase the precept by 1.99% which will ensure the maintenance of neighbourhood based policing services and ensure delivery of the Police and Crime Plan.

This will mean that the Band D council tax precept for Northumbria will increase to £88.33.  This remains the lowest precept in the country.

A full breakdown of the expenditure for 2015/2016

The Council Tax (Demand Notices) (England) Regulations 2011.

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 6500 kilometres of main river and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. 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:

North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee

 

2014/2015
‘000s

2015/2016
‘000s

Gross Expenditure

£74,205

£80,544

Levies Raised

£3,638

£3,711

Total Council Tax Base

1,955

1,995

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 'matching' funding the Agency may seek funding from County and Metropolitan Councils, Unitary Authorities and London Boroughs in the form of a Local Levy. The Local Levy is shared on the basis of Band D Equivalents between all contributing bodies within the Committee Area.

Changes in the Gross Budgeted expenditure between the years both reflects the impact of the Government Spending Review and national prioritisation of projects.  For 15/16 we have included Grant Aided Expenditure on all Risk Management Authority Programs. The total Local Levy raised has increased by 2%.

The total Local Levy raised has increased from £3,638,000 in 2014/2015 to £3,710,760 for 2015/2016.

The Council Tax (Demand Notices) (England) Regulations 2011.

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 1642 kilometres of main river and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. 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:

Northumbria Regional Flood and Coastal Committee

 

2014/2015
‘000s

2015/2016
‘000s

Gross Expenditure

£21,915

£24,472

Levies Raised

£2,129

£2,172

Total Council Tax Base

672

683

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 'matching' funding the Agency may seek funding from County and Metropolitan Councils, Unitary Authorities and London Boroughs in the form of a Local Levy. The Local Levy is shared on the basis of Band D Equivalents between all contributing bodies within the Committee Area.

Changes in the Gross Budgeted expenditure between the years both reflects the impact of the Government Spending Review and national prioritisation of projects.  For 15/16 we have included Grant Aided Expenditure on all Risk Management Authority Programs. The total Local Levy raised has increased by 2%

The total Local Levy raised has increased from £2,129,000 in 2014/2015 to £2,171,579 for 2015/2016.

The Northumberland Inshore Sea Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) can raise revenue to help meet their spending requirements by issuing a levy. This is the total amount to be raised through the council tax from all the dwellings within the county. The levy is converted into an amount per council tax band that is added onto the council tax bill.

The NIFCA notifies Northumberland County Council of the amount of their levy each year and the council collects this money on their behalf.

The NIFCA covers the area from the Tyne to the Scottish Border to a limit of six miles offshore and inland rivers and waterways. Its primary function is to manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries, by securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry.

Financial Statements

Northumberland County Council has a gross expenditure budget of £629 million for the 2015/16 financial year. This budget supports the delivery of quality services across the county

2015 Ctax chart

View a copy of the 2015-2016 financial statement and a summary of information about your council tax and how it is calculated here.

View a copy of the 2014-2015 financial statement and a summary of information about your council tax and how it is calculated here.