Council Tax and Support

Details:

Reference Number: 5370
Request Date: 09/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1. I note there is one County Council elsewhere in the country, Surrey, which actually has its headquarters in another Council's area and therefore pays business rates in respect of its County Hall, and another premises, to the other Council. Here in Northumberland, it is one authority and its buildings located in Northumberland (actually I say that, I note headquarters at least are in Northumberland but I don't know if there is any building that the Council has that is located outside the county). Before I thought the point that I've just put into parentheses, my request was, and is, presumably this (its buildings located in the county, at least County HQ) means that it, Northumberland County Council, technically pays business rates to itself.  I would like to know:
(a) whether this is so;
(b) how much money in the last financial year did the Council pay to itself in business rates - or probably transfer from one department to another - and, after the Council has paid its business rates to the Council, what is the money then spent on? A breakdown of what amount then goes to where (from the Council's own business rates that originally became due for the last financial year);
A.1. The amount shown in our reports for payments relating to NCC buildings for 2017-18 financial year was £5,833,192.90.
Business Rates income is paid into a separate statutory account known as the "Collection Fund".  This account is maintained for both Business Rates and Council Tax income. The year end position for the Collection Fund is published within the Council's annual statement of accounts, detailed under the Collection Fund section.  Each financial year’s statement of accounts can be accessed here:
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Finance/Statement-of-accounts.aspx#statementofaccounts
The Council precepts the Collection Fund and utilises the income from the Collection Fund to support all council services.
 
Q.2. does the Council have any buildings outside of the County that are liable to business rates, what is the address of each of those buildings and what amounts was it paying last financial year to which other Councils?
A.2. The Council does not own or lease any property outside the County.


Details:

Reference Number: 5398
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1 What was the total amount levied and collected, against the households of the Rothbury Electoral Division for their council tax contribution towards Northumbria Police in the 2018/19 financial year?
 
This should cover the parishes of Rothbury, Thropton, Whitton & Tosson, Cartington, Hepple, Hesleyhurst, Hollinghill, Netherton & Biddlestone, Alwinton, Elsdon, Whittingham, Callaly & Alnham, Glanton, Harbottle and Snitter.
 
A.1 The total amount for the police precept in respect of the Rothbury Electoral Division was £255,505.52. We do not allocate payments against each precept so it is not possible to state how much was actually collected however the amount paid to the police is not affected by how much is collected as it is paid to them in advance. Therefore the police will have received the full £255,55.52


Details:

Reference Number: 5406
Request Date: 14/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am aware that when someone moves away from your council area having paid some council tax beyond the date which they are moving away, they sometimes leave their council tax account in credit.
 
Q.1 I want to know, how many closed or dormant council tax accounts do you have in credit and how much money is in these accounts in total?
 
A.1 591 accounts totalling £78,767.30.
 
Q.2 Could you tell me the process for applying to get one's money from one of these accounts? Is it automatically refunded?
 
A.2 When an account is closed if it goes into credit a credit bill will be produced. These are checked each day and if applicable the credit is refunded. If for any reason the account later goes into credit (such as a payment being received after the account has been closed) if the customer contacts us we will refund them. An exercise to look at closed accounts in credit is also undertaken towards the end of each financial year and refunds will be processed where the credit is genuine and we have address or bank details.
 
Q.3 If possible, and I don't wish for this to hold up the request if this can't be granted, could you also tell me how many closed or dormant council tax accounts did you have in credit one year ago and how much did the money in these accounts total?
 
A.3 Unfortunately we are unable to retrieve this information as unless a specific report was ran at that time there is no way to tell which closed accounts were in credit. We have checked our records and no such report was ran.


Details:

Reference Number: 5419
Request Date: 16/01/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

At the meeting of the full council on Wednesday 9th January, a decision was taken to remove council tax support from the poorest residents in Northumberland, despite the calls of the opposition to rethink this move. In the debate it was stated that more than 500 responses to the consultation had been received and more than half were supportive of the administration’s position. 

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2004 I request the following information;

Q.1 How many responses in total were received by Council Ward?
A.1 Unable to supply as responses were anonymous

Q.2 How many responses supportive of the councils position were received by Council Ward?
A.2 Unable to supply as responses were anonymous  

Q.3 How many people are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support by Council Ward?
A.3 Please see attached spreadsheet (Column B)

Q.4 How many of the councils own employees are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support?
A.4 Our records indicate that 152 Council Tax Support claimants receive income from Northumberland County Council. Please note that this figure is inconclusive as there is no requirement to hold employer details on our claims processing system and these details are not entered in all cases. To provide a conclusive answer each claim record with earned income will need to be manually interrogated and this  would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450. 

Q.5 How many women are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support by Council Ward?
A.5 Please see attached spreadsheet (Column  C)

Q.6 How many disabled people are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support by Council Ward?
A.6 Please see attached spreadsheet (Column D)  

Q.7 How many people who are in receipt of any form of benefits are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support by Council Ward?
A.7 There are a total of 14,792 Council Tax Support claimants that meet this criteria in Northumberland. We are unable to split this into wards as the time and cost involved in extracting the requested  information would exceed our statutory obligation to comply with the request; e.g. 2.5 days and/or £450 as the data set does not contain ward details. This would require each of the 14792 claim records to be manually checked

Q.8 How many families with children are expected to be affected by the change to council tax support by Council Ward?
A.8 Please see attached spreadsheet (Column E)
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5579
Request Date: 11/02/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Data Period: January 1st, 2018 and December 31st 2018. 

Data Cohort: Care Leavers (i.e. a person aged between 16 and 25 years having been looked after by a local authority from 16 years old or any subsequent period after this date) in receipt of a discretionary reduction in Council Tax liability issued in accordance with Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (or equivalent Council Tax Reduction legislation). 

Q.1    Date requested: a)The total number of the cohort; b) The number in receipt of 100% discretionary reduction; and c) The number in receipt of 50% or less discretionary reduction.

A.1   I am writing to inform you that we have searched our records and the information you requested is not held by Northumberland County Council.



Details:

Reference Number: 5728
Request Date: 07/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Request for the ongoing Cost of gagging order payments issued by Northumberland County Council to employees and ex employees of Northumberland County Council from 2015 to 2019 and the estimated cost implication to council tax payers over this period.

A.1   Northumberland County Council does not use gagging orders for employees or ex-employees.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5780
Request Date: 18/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1a) In £, the total amount of Council Tax which was unpaid, by municipal year from 2012/13 and including any arrears in 2018/19 to date);

A.1a)    First figure is arrears as at 31 March of the relevant year and the second figure is arrears for that year as at 31 March 2019

2012/13 - £3,605,342, £246,186
2013/14 - £4,232,419 - £362,388
2014/15 - £3,962,967 - £519,679
2015/16 - £3,805,064 - £689,353
2016/17 - £3,891,089 - £1,081,649
2017/18 - £3,809,307 - £1,758,864
2018/19 - £3,935,356

Q.1b) The total amount of Council Tax, in £, which was owed but never paid by Universal Credit claimants since 2012/13 (broken down by municipal year and including any arrears in 2018/19 to date);

A.1b)    information not available

Q.1c) The number of households in receipt of Universal Credit which are currently in arrears on their Council Tax;

A.1c)    information not available

Q.2) Since the national introduction of Universal Credit from 2013 onwards, has your authority had to reduce the number of housing officers dealing with benefits queries because of a reduction in government funding? If so, please provide figures for government funding (in £) and staffing numbers (in Full Time Equivalents) before and after these reductions.

A.2)   none
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5791
Request Date: 19/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    How much money is held in the Councils Reserves?

A.1 The Councils "Usable reserves" were reported to County Council in February 2019 as part of the budget setting process for 2019/20.  The following link provides details of each reserve. Please exclude the provision section as this does not relate to reserves.  
http://committeedocs.northumberland.gov.uk/MeetingDocs/40832_M9130.pdf
 
The figures will be updated for the actual balance of reserves at 31.3.19 and published on the Councils web page within the annual statement of accounts on 31 July 19.  The latests statement of accounts for 2017-18 can be viewed through the following link. The value of usable reserves are detailed on page 47. 
 
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/About-the-Council/Finance/Statement-of-Accounts-2017-18-FinalSC-26-07-18.pdf

Q.2      How much of the 2019/20 council tax will be added to the Council's Reserves

A.2 None
 
Q.3      From all the new houses being built in Northumberland what is the % increase in Council Tax take? 

A.3 It is not possible to quantify this figure as it is subject to a number of variables.   The type of house built dictates the council tax band and therefore the value of council tax payable.  It is also not possible to estimate the value of council tax discounts that will be granted. This depends on the tenant's personal situation (ie single person discount etc)
 
Q.4     How much is it estimated that the payroll for the Council will increase for 2019/20?

A.4 Direct employee expenses have increased by £4m from £169m in 2018-19 to £173m in 2019-20. This is mainly attributable to the annual pay awards on the various pay schemes.
 
Q.5     How many employees of the Council will earn more than £70,000 in 2019/20 and what is their % pay increase for 2019/20.

A.5 The following link contains the latest details available for all Council staff that earn over £58,000 a year.  

On 1.4.19, NCC had 30 employees who will earn over £70K p.a. in 19/20.

Of these 30 employees, 24 received a 2% pay rise on 1.4.19. The remaining 6 will receive a pay award later in the financial year so am unable to comment on that particular rate
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5809
Request Date: 21/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Please specify whether you have an existing contract(s) for Enforcement Agent (Bailiff) Services for Council Tax, Business Rates and PCN debt collection and which of the three types of debt collection mentioned above it covers?

Type of contract

Q.1a) Single contract for Enforcement Agent (Bailiff) Services for Council Tax, Business Rates and PCNs
A.1a) We do not have a Single contract for Enforcement Agent (Bailiff) Services for Council Tax, Business Rates and PCNs.

Q.1b) Separate contracts for Council Tax, Business Rates and PCNs
A.1b) We do not have separate contracts for Council Tax and Business Rates
 
Q.1c) A combined contract covering debt collection for two of the debts mentioned and another for the third (please state the combination)
A.1c) We have a single SLA in place covering debt collection for Council Tax and Business Rates.

Q.1d) No contract for collection of one or more types of the debts mentioned above (please specify which)
A.1d) N/A 

Q.2       Please provide the dates that all of your existing contracts for Enforcement Agent (Bailiff) Services for Council Tax, Business Rates and PCN debt collection will expire
Type of enforcement service
council tax
business tax
PCN’s

A.2 Type of enforcement service
council tax There is no set expiry date. Services provision is reviewed annually.
business tax There is no set expiry date. Services provision is reviewed annually.
PCN’s Ongoing

Q.3        Please state the name of all Enforcement Agencies appointed by the above contracts

Type of enforcement service
council tax
business tax
PCN’s

A.3 Type of enforcement service
council tax - 1. Rossendales. 2. Thoburns Enforcement Services
business tax - 1. Rossendales. 2. Thoburns Enforcement Services
PCN’s -  Rossendales

Q.4        How many debt collection instructions were issued in a) 2016, b) 2017 c) 2018 to the Enforcement Agencies mentioned since the contract with them was put in place?
A.4 Please see the attached document

Q.5        If you don’t have a current contract with an Enforcement Agency in place, please could you specify:

Q.5a)     The process by which your council collects unpaid Council Tax, Business Rates and PCNs. Please make clear the bodies or companies responsible for the delivery of this service
A.5a) please see above

Q.5b)     The number of debt collection instructions issued to the bodies or companies delivering these services on an annual basis over the last five years
A.5b) Not applicable to PCNs
      b) please see above (Council Tax & Business Rates)

Q.6      Do you engage Enforcement Services under a Service Level Agreement and if so, what date is the contract due to be reviewed?
Use of Service Level Agreement (Yes/No)
Review date of the Service Level Agreement

A.6 Use of Service Level Agreement (Yes/No) -  Yes
Review date of the Service Level Agreement - as above, ongoing.
Annually each April for Council Tax and Business Rates. 
Review date of the Service Level Agreement (PCN’s) - as above ongoing.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5822
Request Date: 25/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Please send me:
Q.1     Revenue budget and council tax reports for 2018 and 2019
Q.2     Budget Proposals 2019
Q.3     Equality Impacts Assessments/ Analysis on Proposed changes to the budget

If the release of any of this information is prohibited on the grounds of breach of confidence, I ask that you supply me with copies of the confidentiality agreement and remind you that information should not be treated as confidential if such an agreement has not been signed.

Duty to confirm or deny 

The public interest test requires Northumberland County Council to confirm that we hold information in relation to budgets.

Exemptions 

In the present case the County Council takes the view that the information relating to your request is exempt under the following provisions; Section 21 of the Act states that a public Authority does not need to provide information under section 1 of the Act if that information is reasonably accessible to the applicant by other means. 

All of the above documents mentioned in your request can be accessed through the committee papers on the Northumberland County Council website. Please see the below links to the relevant County Council meeting for each year below:

February 2019 County Council Meeting
February 2018 County Council Meeting
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5693
Request Date: 01/03/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I am updating our records to take account of any changes to the council tax reduction/support scheme in Northumberland from April 2019.

Q.1 Please could you provide me with details of your council tax reduction scheme (some time known as council tax support) for working-age claimants for 2019/20.

A.1 Same as 2018/19 and based on legacy CTB scheme except all working age claimants will have an 8% reduction to their award

Q.2 If you have made any changes from the scheme you operated in 2018/19, please identify those changes.

A.2 All working age claimants will have an 8% reduction to their award  

Q.3 If you have already published your 2019/20 council tax reduction/support scheme policy document, please provide a link/copy.

A.3 https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/NorthumberlandCountyCouncil/media/Council-Tax/Council-Tax-Support-Scheme-2019_20.pdf
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5922
Request Date: 11/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   How many cases were referred to bailiffs each year, and how does this split between:
a.     Council tax, PCN and other debt recovery
b.     Insourced vs outsourced to a third party provider
c.     Per year (2015-18)
 
A.1   PCN (Insourced)
2015 - 0
2016 - 0
2017 - 0
2018 - 0

Council Tax (Insourced)
2015 - 3759
2016 - 4112
2017 - 5066
2018 - 4506

Other debt recovery (Insourced)
2015 - 0
2016 - 0
2017 - 0
2018 - 0

Council Tax (Outsourced)
2015 - 0
2016 - 0
2017 - 0
2018 - 0

PCN (Outsourced)
2015 - 1751
2016 - 719
2017 - 1062
2018 - 1344

Other debt recovery (Outsourced)*
2015 - 305
2016 - 250
2017 - 277
2018 - 206

Insourced total
2015 - 3759
2016 - 4112
2017 - 5066
2018 - 4506

Outsourced Total
2015 - 2056
2016 - 969
2017 - 1339
2018 - 1550

Grand Total
2015 - 5815
2016 - 5081
2017 - 6405
2018 - 6056

*National Non-Domestic Rates

Q.2  Which, if any, third party providers did you use for these bailiff services, and how many cases did each manage each year (2015-18)?
 
a.     Split by Council tax, PCN and other debt recovery
 
A.2      Rossendales (PCN)
2015 - 1751
2016 - 719
2017 - 1062
2018 - 1344

Rossendales (Council Tax)
2015 - 3192
2016 - 3232
2017 - 3734
2018 - 2861

Rossendales (Other Debt Recovery)*
2015 - 110
2016 - 52
2017 - 129
2018 - 95

Thoburns Enforcement Services (Council Tax)
2015 - 567
2016 - 880
2017 - 1332
2018 - 1645

Thoburns Enforcement Services (Other Debt Recovery)*
2015 - 195
2016 - 198
2017 - 148
2018 - 111

*National Non-Domestic Rates
Note: the values shown for Council Tax and National Non-Domestic Rates relate to each financial year, i.e. 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 & 2018/19

Q.3   What was the total cost of parking enforcement services (e.g. traffic wardens, towing, clamping etc.) per year (2015-18)?
 
a.     Split between insourced vs outsourced to a third party provider
 
A.3   Please see our website for a breakdown of income and expenditure on the authority's on-street and off-street parking accounts.

https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/About/Transparency.aspx#transparency
Northumberland County Council - Transparency
Transparency. As a public-funded organisation, we have a duty to residents to be transparent in how council tax money is spent, our business operations and outcomes.
www.northumberland.gov.uk

Q.4   Which, if any, third party providers do you use to manage parking enforcement services? Please could you disclose the total amount spent with each provider per year (2015-18)
 
A.4   N/A
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5928
Request Date: 12/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

I'm writing to you in the hope of obtaining information relating to the number of reminder letters and summons sent to elected councillors in your authority area since 2015/16. Please note that there is precedent for councillors to be named in relation to this issue - the High Court ruled in March 2015 that they should not have their identities protected when it comes to non-payment of council tax.

Q.1   How many unpaid council tax reminders were sent to councillors elected in your authority between 2015/16 and 2017/18? Please break down by financial year?

Q.2   How many councillors were summonsed to court or given summary warrants in the same period? Again, please break down by financial year.

Q.3a. How many reminders were issued to the councillors named? Please break down by year.

Q.3b. For each instance, please provide the name of each councillor, the party they represent or represented at the time and the amount of council tax owed according to sums requested in the letter.  Please also provide the amount of council tax that remains outstanding.

Q.3c. Please also state for each councillor, whether they were barred from voting on the council's budget as a result of their council tax arrears and whether any summons received resulted in a court hearing going ahead. 

I'd be grateful if you could provide the information for questions 1 and 2 as totals for your authority and present the rest of the information within a spreadsheet with the following columns:

Financial Year - Authority Name - Councillor Name - Party - No of Reminders - No of Summons - Amount Owed According to Reminders - Court Hearing Y/N - Outcome of Hearing - Banned from Voting Y/N - Current Sum Outstanding

A.1 - A.3   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5945
Request Date: 16/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    The number of times between 1st April 2018 and 31st March 2019, or the nearest available twelve month period, that private bailiffs/enforcement agents have been instructed to enforce debts to the local authority relating to each of the following;

Q.1a.    Council tax
A.1a.       4506

Q.1b.    Parking
A.1b.       1036

Q.1c.    Housing Benefit overpayments
A.1c.       0

Q.1d.    Business Rates
A.1d.       206

Q.1e.    Commercial Rents
A.1e.       0

Q.1f.     Any other debt types, including any other overpayments
A.1f.        0

By “private bailiffs/enforcement agents” we mean those who are self-employed or who work for private companies, including as high court enforcement officers.  Please include cases where local authority employees have visited a property to enforce a warrant of control. 

Q.2    Do you signpost residents to one or more free debt advice agencies as part of your collections process?  (Yes/No) If so, which charities?

A.2   Yes.   A fill list can be found at 
https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Tax/Debt.aspx#advicefordealingwithdebt 

Q.3     Have you adopted the Standard Financial Statement (or Common Financial Statement) as a tool for objectively assessing income and expenditure as part of your collections process? (Yes/No)

A.3   No, although it may be used as a point of reference.

I  think this is primarily used by debt advice organisation such as Citizen’s Advice.

Q.4     Do you have a formal policy in place for dealing with residents in vulnerable circumstances as part of your collections process? (Yes/No)

A.4   The Council has a Corporate Debt Recovery Policy which is updated annually.

Q.5    Do you currently have a policy of exempting recipients of Council Tax Support from the use of bailiff action? (Yes/No)

A.5   No.

Q.6    Have you adopted the Citizens Advice/Local Government Association Council Tax Protocol? (Yes/No)

A.6   No. We will be meeting with Citizens Advice to sign the protocol.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 5961
Request Date: 18/04/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1  Does your authority offer a large item rubbish removal service to residents and/or businesses in your area?

A.1   Yes

If yes, please provide details and also answer the following questions: 

If no then no further questions apply and to avoid any unnecessary time spent on dealing with this request a simple “no, we don’t” reply by email will be acceptable.

Q.2   Is the service free of charge? If chargeable please provide information on charges.

A.2   Charge from a household depends upon number of items for up to 8 items.  More than 8 items then a quote is given which will take into account distance travelled, number of operatives needed and time expected to take.
£17        one item
£34        2-4 items
£68        5-8 items
8+ = quote

Q.3   Please confirm the cost of removal of these three examples:
I. A mattress
II. A fridge
III. A sofa

A.3   Each of these single items would be charged £17 unless they were collected together therefore £34 in total

Q.4   Are any residents entitled to free or reduced charges?

A.4   Residents in receipt of Council Tax support or housing benefit may claim 25% reduction in the price.  This concession does not apply for quote jobs.

Q.5   Who operates the service?

A.5   In house

Q.6   What happens to the items? i.e. does anything get re-used or offered to any organisations.

A.6   Goods passed to Suez through the waste PFI contract.

Q.7   If figures are kept, how many times in the past year was the service used and what revenue did this bring in? 

A.7   In 2018/19, the bulky waste collection service generated ~£178,000 of income. It cost approximately £369,000 to provide the service. The overall cost to the Council was approximately £191,000. The service was used by ~7,400 residents.

Q.8   If figures are kept, how much did it cost in the past year to operate this rubbish removal service?

A.8   See Q.7.
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6049
Request Date: 09/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1      Can the council confirm their current number of Long Term Empty Properties as of the 8th May (those domestic properties which have been empty for six months or older)

A.1 As at 8th May we have 2142 properties which have been vacant for more than 6 months

Q.2      What work is the council currently undertaking or planning to undertake around reducing their long term empty properties in 2019?

A.2 The council are continuously dealing with the issue of empty properties.  The work involves engagement with owners of empty properties to assist in bringing the properties back into use. Depending  on the level of intervention needed the options vary. The council currently have funding available in order to renovate the property and take responsibility for a period of 7 years.  Other options include advice around letting the property through our accreditation scheme and assistance with finding suitable tenants. Regular mail outs are done to notify owners of empty properties as to how the council can assist and advice regarding additional council tax charges. The council also hold regular landlord development forums which are open to owners of empty properties also if they require specific advice from the team.

Q.3      During 2018 did you undertake any work around reducing your Long Term Empty Properties.  If you did was this done using internal resource or a third party? 

A.3 The council have been involved in the Empty Homes Programme supported by Homes England.  Grant funding has been available for the council to purchase empty properties and also carry out Empty Dwelling Management Orders.  This has proved successful in bringing back into use some of the council’s most problematic properties.
 
Q.4      If yes is the answer to question three, did the council review every single long term property

A.4 There are 2142 long term empty properties in the council, some of which have had little or no impact on the community.  The Council mainly reacts to the properties which are causing a nuisance to the community or where the owners of the properties request assistance.

Q.5      Does the reduction of empty homes in the council area form part of your Housing strategy? 

A.5 Yes, Long term empty properties are a priority for the council and bringing properties back into use forms an element of the private sector housing strategy.

Q.6      Does the council have a budget in place to help support the reduction of empty properties?

A.6 Currently yes, there is specific funding available to assist with the purchase and repair scheme and t carry out Empty Dwelling Management Orders.

Q.7      How much did the council spend on temporary accommodation during 2018?

A.7       The annual spend detailed under the Temporary Accommodation budget for 2018/19  was £171,220

Q.8      Does the council offer financial support /loans to Long Term Empty property owners to help them bring properties back into use?

A.8 As discussed in Q6 funding is available to carry out Empty Dwelling Management Orders however this money is not given directly to the owner.


Details:

Reference Number: 6071
Request Date: 14/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Total local authority budget for the financial year 2017/18
 
Q.2    Total amount of central government allocations (Settlement Funding Assessment) for the financial year 2017/18. Please also provide a breakdown of:

Q.2.1 Total Revenue Support Grant
Q.2.2  Total business rate income redistributed by central government

Q.3   Total amount of business rate income locally retained by the local authority for the financial year 2017/18

Q.4   Total amount of Council Tax revenue (including baseline and social care precept) for the financial year 2017/18. Please also provide a breakdown of:

Q.4.1   Total amount of Council Tax raised through the baseline

Q.4.2   Total amount of Council Tax raised through the social care precept

Q.5   Total local authority budget for the financial year 2018/19
 
For 2018/19, please provide:

Q.6   Total amount of central government allocations (Settlement Funding Assessment) for the financial year 2018/19. Please also provide a breakdown of:

Q.6.1   Total Revenue Support Grant

Q.6.2   Total business rate income redistributed by central government

Q.7   Total amount of business rate income locally retained by the local authority for the financial year 2018/19

Q.8   Total amount of Council Tax revenue (including baseline and social care precept) for the financial year 2018/19

Q.8.1   Total amount of Council Tax raised through the baseline

Q.8.2   Total amount of Council Tax raised through the social care precept

A.1 - A.8   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response
 


Details:

Reference Number: 6121
Request Date: 24/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1   Could you please tell us/send us the numbers and addresses list of properties in Craster/Dunstan Parish, Alnwick, Northumberland which get free council/business tax please?

A.1   Northumberland County Council confirms that it holds the information you have requested, please see the attached information in response


Details:

Reference Number: 6938
Request Date: 08/05/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Could you please tell me how many holiday home lets we have in Craster this year please altogether and those that pay no business/council tax please as of today 07/05/2019?

A.1    There are 49 holiday cottages, 30 receive 100% relief.


Details:

Reference Number: 6868
Request Date: 25/10/2019 Archived

Question and Response:

Q.1    Please state the local authority you are responding on behalf of:
 
A.1     Northumberland County Council
 
Empty Homes Premium Council Tax
 
Council Tax Empty Properties Premium Questions
 
Local authorities in England, Scotland and Wales have considerable discretion over the level of council tax charged on unoccupied properties. This charge can vary from authority to authority. 
 
From 01 April 2013, billing authorities may charge a premium on a class of property that has been unoccupied and unfurnished for 2 years or more. 
 
From 01 April 2019, billing authorities have been given the power to increase the premium for any property that has been empty for a period of two years or more.
 
Q.2    Does the Local Authority currently operate an Empty Homes Premium Charge?
 
A.2    Yes
 
If you answered ‘No’ to Q.2, please just Q.3 for this section of the Council Tax survey.
 
Q.3    If the Local Authority currently does not operate an Empty Homes Premium Charge, are there plans to introduce such a policy in the future? Please choose only 1 answer.
 
A.3     N/A
 
Q.4   If you implemented an Empty Homes Premium Charge after April 2013, in what year did it come into force?
 
A.4     Not applicable
 
Q.5    Did the Local Authority implement a new Empty Homes Premium Charge from April 2019? Please only choose 1 answer.
 
A.5     No but plan to implement a new charge in the future.
 
Q.6   For homes that have been empty for two years or more, what premium (%) of council tax is currently charged?
 
A.6     50% premium so 150% charge
 
Q.7    How much (£) in additional Council Tax has the Local Authority collected from the Empty Homes Premium Charge since it has been in force?
 
A.7     £7,091,362.67
 
Landlord Licensing
 
Please highlight or underline your answers
 
Q.8    Does your Local Authority currently operate a Selective Licensing Scheme?
 
A.8     No
 
Q.9    Is your Local Authority currently running a consultation on Selective Licensing? Please choose only 1 answer.
 
A.9     No consultation on Selective Licensing
 
Q.10    Does your Local Authority currently operate an Additional Licensing Scheme?
 
 A.10     No
 
Q.11    Is your Local Authority currently running a consultation on Additional Licensing? Please choose only 1 answer.
 
A.11     No consultation on Additional Licensing
 
Article 4 Direction
 
Please highlight or underline your answers
 
An Article 4 Direction is made by the local planning authority. It restricts the scope of permitted development rights either in relation to a particular area or site, or a particular type of development anywhere in the authority's area.
 
Where an Article 4 direction is in effect, a planning application may be required for development that would otherwise have been permitted development. 
 
 Q.12    Does your Local Authority have any Article 4 Directions currently in place for HMOs? (C3 to C4)
 
A.12     No
 
Q.13    If answered yes to Q.12, what kind of designation is it? Please choose only 1 answer.
 
A.13     N/A
 
Q.14    Has your Local Authority formally consulted in the last 12 months on introducing an Article 4 Direction (C3 to C4)? Please choose only 1 answer.
 
A.14     No
 
Q.15    If answered yes, currently consulting or planning to consult to Q.14, does the Article 4 Designation come into force by December 2020?
 
A.15     N/A