This page provides information on the amount of council tax you will have to pay through band charges, and how these are calculated.
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The Northumberland County Council element of your council tax bill is made up of two amounts; an amount to fund general expenditure and an amount to be used solely for adult social care. For 2018-19 these charges for a Band D property are £1,529.38 and £104.25 respectively.
The general council tax amount has been increased by 2.99% from last year.
The adult social care element represents an additional flexibility offered by the Government to adult social care authorities in recognition of the demographic changes leading to growing demand for adult social care and the increasing pressure on council budgets. The charge first appeared on bills in 2016-17 when local authorities were offered a 2% flexibility to raise council tax above the referendum threshold for each of the years up to 2019-20. The Government has since announced that this additional flexibility would be raised to 3% for 2017-18 and 2018-19, although the overall increase could not be more than 6% over the three year period up to 2019-20.
Northumberland County Council has taken up the option to raise an additional 2% for adult social care in 2018-2019 meaning that the overall total increase for Northumberland County Council is 4.99%.
The additional 2% for adult social care is calculated from the total council tax charge for 2017-18, and is not a 2% increase on the 2017-18 adult social care precept.
For example, the Council’s council tax charge for a Band D dwelling in 2017-18 was £1,558.07 (made up of a general charge of £1,484.98 and an adult social care charge of £73.09) so the 2% additional charge for adult social care in 2018-19 is £31.16 (£1,558.07 x 2%). The overall adult social charge for 2018-19 is a cumulative figure so the £31.16 is added to the 2017-18 charge of £73.09 to give a total charge for 2018-19 of £104.25 for a Band D dwelling.
Adult Social Care charge for 2018-19 – Band D
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