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Understanding your council tax bill

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The amount of council tax you pay in 2021/22 will depend on:

  • The council tax band for your property
  • Whether you are entitled to any discounts, exemptions or relief on the full bill

Your council tax helps to fund local services, such as social care for vulnerable people; and support for children, young adults and elderly people. It also pays for waste and recycling, schools, libraries, leisure centres, street cleaning and much more.

How we work out your bill

The amount you have to pay depends on which of the eight council tax bands your home is in from A through to H.

A government body called the Valuation Office Agency decides which band your property is in. Most of the money we will collect will be spent on local council services.

However, we collect some of it for other organisations to pay for services that will benefit the whole of North Northamptonshire such as Police and Fire Services. We also collect money on behalf of town and parish councils where this applies. This will be shown on your bill. 

Example breakdown for council tax band D: 

  • North Northamptonshire Council: £1374.66
  • Adult Social Care: £158.24
  • Fire: £268.04
  • Police: £63.20  
  • Total: £1,864.14  

Please note, band D is the amount for the average council tax payer. Town and Parish Councils may levy a separate amount called a precept that may form part of your council tax bill.

Planned Spending 2021/22

How our spending and expenditure breaks down in 2021/22.


  • Enabling and Support Services: 4% £10.436 million 
  • Transformation, Customer Service and ICT: 5% £13.887 million 
  • Corporate Costs including Cost of Capital: 8% £23.950 million 
  • Place and Economy: 19% £55.783 million 
  • HR, Legal, Democratic Services: 2% £7.244 million 
  • Adults, Communities, Wellbeing: 41% £120.854 million 
  • Children’s & Education: 21% £60.351 million 
  • Total Net Expenditure: £292.505 million 


  • Council Tax: 58% £169.668 million 
  • Business Rates: 18% £53.324 million
  • Grants and other external funding: 15% £42.171 million 
  • Use of Reserves: 9% £27.342 million 
  • Total Resources: £292.505 million 

Note: Use of Reserves includes £21.5 million from the business rates reserve, funded from 
grant, to meet reliefs given in 2020/21 (the reliefs affect the Council’s budget the year after payment) and a carry forward of grant funding to support the Council’s response to COVID-19.

Adult social care levy

Local authorities with responsibility for adult social care can levy an additional charge on their Council Tax to provide funding for their service area.

North Northamptonshire Council has approved a 3.0% increase to Adult Social Care precept in 2021-22.

Adult Social Care Precept is calculated on a cumulative basis:

Council Tax Band

2016-17 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 2%​

​2017-18 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 3%

​2018-19 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 3%

2019 to 2020 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 0%

​2020 to 2021 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 2%

2021 to 2022 Adult Social Care Precept increase @ 3%

Total Cumulative Adult Social Care Precept​

































































Environment Agency flood levy

The Environment Agency is a levying body for its Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Functions under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and the Environment Agency (Levies) (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.

The Environment Agency has applied a local levy to provide funding for local priorities and contributions for partnership funding the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees totalling £1,731,771 for 2021/22. This was £1,714,625 in 2020/21.

The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood and coastal erosion risk management for 1314km, 2292km, 2486km and 5200km of main river and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the Anglian Gt. Ouse Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Anglian Northern Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Severn & Wye Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, and Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee respectively. 

Money is spent on the construction of new flood defence schemes, the maintenance of the river system and existing flood defences together with the operation of a flood warning system and management of the risk of coastal erosion.

Parish or town council levy

Parish councils are able to increase their Council Tax requirements to whatever they feel is needed to run the services they deliver.

Unlike larger authorities, they have no caps on what they can increase their demand by. For more information on your Parish Council's budget and plans, please visit their own respective websites or contact them directly.

Last updated: Monday 5th April 2021 04:26:10 PM
Review date: Thursday 30th June 2022 09:00:00 AM