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.

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

2018-2019 charges
The council has set the council tax for the year commencing 1 April 2018 (minus parish precepts) as shown below:
County Council
Adult Social Care Precept Police and Crime
Commissioner for Northumbria
Band A 1019.59 69.50 73.55
Band B 1189.52 81.08 85.81
Band C 1359.45 92.67 98.07
Band D 1529.38 104.25 110.33
Band E 1869.24 127.42 134.85
Band F 2209.10 150.58 159.37
Band G 2548.97 173.75 183.88
Band H 3058.76 208.50 220.66
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 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
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 2018-19  
North Sunderland 3,054.00 Play area inspection and maintenance
The council tax attributable to Northumberland County Council includes a precept to fund adult social care. Further details can be found here.

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

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.
The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood and coastal erosion risk management for 6,500 kilometres of main river, and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the North West regional flood and coastal committee.

The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood and coastal erosion risk management for 1,642 kilometres of main river, and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the Northumbria regional flood and coastal committee.

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.

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

2017-18 adult social care charge 73.09   73.09
2017-18 Northumberland County Council charge 1,484.98    
2017-18 Total    1,558.07     x 2.0% 31.16
2018-18 adult social care charge         104.25


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Council Tax Section
Northumberland County Council
Wansbeck Square
NE63 9XL