Where your Council Tax goes

Council Tax for West Northamptonshire Council in 2021/22

From 1st April 2021 Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire County Council along with South Northants District Council and Daventry District Council, will become one authority known as West Northamptonshire Council.


The Council Tax was set at the West Northamptonshire Shadow Authority meeting on 23 February 2021. The full details of that meeting can be found here.

Different parts of the council tax demand
As a billing authority, West Northamptonshire will send out council tax demands and collect council tax on behalf of themselves (now comprising the four formerly separate councils referred to above) and also other precepting authorities that are entitled to collect council tax in the area. These other authorities are:
• The Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Northamptonshire (who sets one council tax precept for the Police service and another council tax precept for the Fire service); and
• The various town and parish councils within West Northamptonshire Council’s boundaries.

The lines that you might see on your council tax demand are as follows:

West Northamptonshire Council
This is the main element of West Northamptonshire Council’s council tax and is used to fund the services run by West Northamptonshire Council.

Adult Social Care
As an adult social care provider, West Northamptonshire Council is able to raise an additional element of council tax to specifically support adult social care.

Various parish councils
The name of the town or parish council will vary depending on which area you live in. But this element is set by your local town or parish council and is used to fund the services that they provide.

Special Expenses
This is another element of West Northamptonshire Council’s council tax. Most of the Council’s Council Tax is evenly distributed across all areas.  However, special expenses allow some specific costs to be distributed according to where the services are provided. West Northamptonshire Council charges special expenses for the maintenance of its smaller parks and open spaces as some Parish Councils also maintain parks and open spaces and pass this cost on to their local taxpayers through their own precept. Because the Borough Council’s smaller parks and opens spaces are not evenly distributed across the borough, the special expense charge (unlike the main Council Tax element) differs across the parish areas of the Borough.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner – Police
This is the element set by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for providing the Police service.

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner – Fire
This is the element set by the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for providing the Fire service.

The average band D equivalent charge for each of the above elements, as an average across the whole of West Northamptonshire Council, is as follows:

Council tax element

Average band D charge across the whole of West Northamptonshire Council (£)

West Northamptonshire Council

1,402.89

Adult social care

159.19

Special expenses

4.31

Total for West Northamptonshire Council

1566.39

Parish Councils

77.38

 

 

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner – Police

268.04

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner – fire

63.20

Total

1,975.01


These are the average Band D figures and will vary between the different predecessor areas (Daventry, Northampton and South Northamptonshire) until Council Tax is fully harmonised in three years time.