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Where your Council Tax goes

How the Charges are calculated for West Northamptonshire Council

West Northamptonshire is required by law to set a balanced budget. This budget includes all the expected costs of running its services for the year, and all the income it receives from grants and fees and charges. The remaining amount is its council tax requirement, and council tax is set to raise this amount.

The WNC budget was set by the West Northamptonshire Shadow Authority on 23 February 2021. The full details of that meeting including the budget that was set for 2021/22 can be found here.

The regulations around council tax allow West Northamptonshire Council to increase its main council tax by up to 2% without holding a referendum. This 2% applies to the average council tax across the area including special expenses.

The regulations also allow West Northamptonshire Council to increase its Adult Social Care precept by 3% without holding a referendum. This 3% applies to the average council tax across the area.

As this is the first year that West Northamptonshire Council has set council tax, this percentage increase is compared to the council tax set by the authorities that preceded West Northamptonshire Council – these councils are Northamptonshire County Council, Northampton Borough Council, Daventry District Council and South Northants Council.

The average council tax increase is calculated as follows:

a

Average band D for main element of council tax set by Northamptonshire County Council for 2020/21

1,170.98

b

Average band D adult social care precept set by Northamptonshire County Council for 2020/21

114.44

c

Average band D council tax set by Northampton Borough Council, Daventry District Council and South Northants Council for 2020/21 (including special expenses)

206.52

d
(= a + b +c)

Total average council tax for 2020/21

1,491.94

     

e

Average band D for main element of council tax for West Northamptonshire Council (including special expenses) for 2021/22

1,407.20

f
= e - a - c

Increase in average band D for main element of council tax for West Northamptonshire Council (including special expenses) for 2021/22 (£)

29.70

g
= f / d

Increase as a percentage of total council tax in 2020/21

1.99%

     

h

Average band D for adult social care precept for West Northamptonshire Council for 2021/22

159.19

i
= h - b

Increase in average band D for adult social care precept for West Northamptonshire Council for 2021/22 (£)

44.75

j
= I / d

Increase as a percentage of total council tax in 2020/21

3.00%


Note that all the above figures are average figures across the whole of the West Northamptonshire Council area. It is these average figures that the allowable percentage increases apply to. However, the specific amounts of tax that people pay will differ from these averages for a number of reasons:

• Across the West Northamptonshire area different levels of Council Tax have previously been raised in each of the existing Districts and Borough. Whilst the Council Tax level set by Northamptonshire County Council was the same for all parts of the County, the rates set by the Districts and Borough were different. In order to set a single rate of Council Tax for West Northamptonshire the Council will harmonise Council Tax whereby the charges are adjusted over an agreed period to arrive at a single consistent rate. Therefore, there will be different changes to Council Tax levels in the different areas as the levels of Council Tax are brought together over a number of years.
• Special expenses will be different in different areas according to parks and open spaces that are funded through the West Northamptonshire Council special expense in each area.
• All the above figures are for a band D property – individual council tax demands will be higher or lower if you are in a higher or lower rated property.

More information on the other authorities

For more information on the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner please see their website.

For more information on the precept that the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner set for the Police and Fire Services, please see the details of the meeting of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel of 03 February 2021 here

For more information on your local parish council and their budgets, please go to the website of your specific local parish or town council.