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.

As part of the government’s initiative to help households with rising energy costs, they have announced a one-off £150 energy rebate for eligible households in 2022.

5 August 2022 Update

The Direct Debit option to receive the payment is now closed. 

We will now be using the Post Office Payout Voucher scheme to enable you to receive your £150 payment from any Post Office.

Anyone who is eligible and has not yet claimed will be sent a letter over the next 2 weeks with information on how to claim at the Post Office.

If you have previously claimed using the online process and have not yet been paid it may be the case that we have been unable to verify the bank details that you supplied with your application. This can happen under various circumstances (ie. recently opened bank accounts or banks that have not signed up to the verification process). In these cases we will now be using the Post Office Payout Voucher scheme to enable you to receive your £150 payment from any Post Office Branch.

We also ultimately have the option of crediting your council tax account with £150 as a last resort to make sure you get the money that is due to you.
 

Important General Information

The Council will never request your bank details for this payment by telephone.

If you have any issues accessing the link provided in the letter, please first check the spelling of the link before contacting the number below.

If you need assistance to complete these applications, please call 0345 600 6400 during office hours (Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm)

If you have any queries in relation to these matters, please email: Energyrebate@northumberland.gov.uk

Eligibility 

You will receive £150 energy rebate if:  

  • your property is in Council Tax band A to D (or band E where there is a disabled band reduction)* 
  • you are liable to pay Council Tax 
  • the property is your sole and main residence on 01 April 2022 

* If you receive council tax support you are still eligible for the £150 payment 
 

You will not be eligible if:  

  • your property is a second home 
  • your property is empty on 01 April 2022 
  • you are in Council Tax bands E to H (some band E properties are eligible where there is a disabled band reduction) 
 

How the £150 will be paid to you  

  • If you pay council tax by direct debit, we will use this information to pay £150 direct into your bank account.   We aim to make payments by early May 2022. 
  • If we don’t have your bank account details, there will be an online form that you can use to give us your bank details.  We will write to you when this is ready.   
  • We are developing other options for those who cannot engage with our online process or who don’t use a bank account regularly.  We will share this information when we have it 
  • Where we cannot find another way to pay someone the £150 they are eligible for, we will deduct it from their council tax account in September. 
  • Please Note. We can only pay the person(s) liable for council tax on the property 
 

People who share paying the bills 

Only one payment of £150 can be paid per property. Where the Council Tax is paid by direct debit the £150 will be paid to the account that is used to pay the Council Tax. Where the Council Tax is not paid by direct debit, customers will need to decide who is going to apply. We will pay whoever applies for the property, as long as the applicant is one of the liable parties for paying Council Tax.  

 

What if I’m not eligible but I need help? 

  • We have been given a discretionary fund that enable us to help those living in properties in band E-H who need help 
  • We plan to use part of this to automatically extend the £150 payment to those living in properties in Bands E-H who currently receive council tax support 
  • We are currently waiting for answers from the government to various questions raised before we can take decisions on how to use the rest of the discretionary fund. 
 

If you do not know your Council Tax band 

Find out what Council Tax band your property is in:  

 

How this affects paying your normal bill 

You must continue to pay your Council Tax bill as normal on the dates shown on your bill for 2022/23.

 

How to pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit  

You can switch to Direct Debit payments using the link below:

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

2022-2023 charges
The council has set the council tax for the year commencing 1 April 2022 (minus parish precepts) as shown below:
 
  Northumberland
County Council
Adult Social Care Precept Police and Crime
Commissioner for Northumbria
Band A 1,114.03 150.90 102.56
Band B 1,299.70 176.05 119.65
Band C 1,485.37 201.20 136.75
Band D 1,671.04 226.35 153.84
Band E 2,042.38 276.65 188.03
Band F 2,413.72 326.95 222.21
Band G 2,785.07 377.25 256.40
Band H 3,342.08 452.70 307.68
All dwellings (domestic 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 dwelling 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 dwellings in Northumberland County Council’s area are shown in the Valuation List produced by the Valuation Office Agency. The list can be inspected via the Valuation Office Agency’s website
www.voa.gov.uk.

The council sets the council tax charge for band D dwellings. 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 Over £320,000  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 2022-2023  
  £:p  
North Sunderland 3,351.00 Play area inspection and maintenance
Total 3,351.00  
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.
Your 2022-2023 council tax bill includes paying towards policing in Northumbria.

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.

Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) is one of ten IFCAs in England, established in April 2011. The NIFCA district extends from the River Tyne to the Scottish border out to 6 nautical miles and up to the normal tidal limit of estuaries

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.

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.

For adult social care authorities, council tax bills show two percentage changes: one for the part of the overall change attributable to the adult social care precept, and one for the part attributable to general expenditure.
 
The adult social care element represents an offer made by the Government to increase council tax to assist the Council in meeting expenditure on adult social care. The Council has taken up the option to raise an additional 2.25% in 2022-23 for adult social care.  The additional 2.25% in relation to adult social care is calculated from the total council tax charge for the previous year and is not a 2.25% increase on the previous year's adult social care precept
 
For example, the Council’s council tax charge for a Band D dwelling in 2021-22 was £1,823.75 (made up of a general charge of £1,638.43 and an adult social care charge of £185.32) so the 2.25% additional charge for adult social care in 2022-23 is £41.03 (£1,823.75 x 2.25%).  The overall charge for 2022-23 is a cumulative figure so the £41.03 is added to the 2021-22 charge of £185.32 to give a total charge for 2022-23 of £226.35 for a Band D dwelling.


Adult Social Care charge for 2022-23 – Band D

2021-22 adult social care charge 185.32   185.32
2021-21 Northumberland County Council charge 1,638.43    
2021-22 Total 1,823.75    x 2.25% 41.03
2022-23 adult social care charge     226.35

 

If you require any further details, please contact us by:

Write to:

Council Tax Section
Northumberland County Council
County Hall
Morpeth
NE61 2EF