Council tax - charges

Council tax - charges

This page provides information on the amount of council tax you will have to pay through band charges, and how these are calculated.

Council tax band charges

Your council tax amount is determined by which band your property is valued at, and which parish or town it is located in.

How council tax is calculated
2017-2018 charges
The council has set the council tax for the year commencing 1 April 2017 (minus parish precepts) as shown below:
Northumberland County Council

Adult Social Care

Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria
Band A 989.99 48.73 65.55
Band B 1154.98 56.85 76.48
Band C 1319.98 64.97 87.40
Band D 1484.98 73.09 98.33
Band E 1814.98 89.33 120.18
Band F 2144.97 105.57 142.03
Band G 2474.97 121.82 163.88
Band H 2969.96 146.18 196.66
Valuation bands of properties
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 at 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 Banding List produced by the Valuation Office Agency. The list can be inspected via the Valuation Office Agency’s website

The council sets the council tax charge for band D properties. The charge for other bands is 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 From £40,001 up to £52,000 7/9
C From £52,001 up to £68,000 8/9
D From £68,001 up to £88,000 9/9
E From £88,001 up to £120,000 11/9
F From £120,001 up to £160,000 13/9
G From £160,001 up to £320,000 15/9
H From £320,000 up 18/9
Special expenses
We recover an element of council tax via special expenses when we provide a service in an area the town council or parish provide in other areas.
Parish 2017-18  
North Sunderland 3,054.00 Play area inspection and maintenance
Adult social care funding
The council tax attributable to Northumberland County Council includes a precept to fund adult social care. Further details can be found here.


Council tax disputes & appeals

Here you will find information about how to appeal about your council tax valuation band.

Appeals to the Valuation Tribunal Service
Appeals to the Valuation Tribunal Service 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
  • you may be entitled to a discount or exemption but the council has not awarded it
  • a civil penalty has been incorrectly charged
  • if you think your award of council tax support is incorrect
The council must first be notified of any of these matters then, if an agreement is not reached, an appeal to the Valuation Tribunal Service can be made.

Northumberland Inshore Sea Fisheries & Conservation Authority levy (NIFCA)

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 £689 million for the 2017/18 financial year. This budget supports the delivery of quality services across the county.

Adult social care funding
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)

The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this “precept” at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.