How your Council Tax is spent
The amount of Council Tax you pay in 2023/24 will depend on:
- The Council Tax band for your property
- Whether you are entitled to any reductions, discounts or exemptions 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.
The Council Tax for 2023/24 was set at the West Northamptonshire Council meeting on 22 February 2023.
As a billing authority, West Northamptonshire will send out Council Tax demands and collect Council Tax on behalf of themselves 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.
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 smaller parks and opens spaces in the Northampton area are not evenly distributed, the special expense charge (unlike the main Council Tax element) differs across the parish areas of Northampton.
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.
We are required by law to set a balanced budget. This budget includes all the expected costs of running our services for the year, and all the income we receive from grants and fees and charges. The remaining amount is our Council Tax requirement, and Council Tax is set to raise this amount.
The budget was set by the West Northamptonshire Council on 22 February 2023.
The regulations around council tax allow us to increase our main Council Tax by up to 3% without holding a referendum. This 3% applies to the average council tax across the area including special expenses.
The regulations also allow us to increase our Adult Social Care precept by 2% without holding a referendum. This 2% applies to the average council tax across the area.
West Northamptonshire Council is an amalgamation of the three legacy authorities that preceded West Northamptonshire Council – Northamptonshire County Council, Northampton Borough Council, Daventry District Council and South Northants Council – the rates across these legacy councils have been harmonised and Council Tax levels are now the same from 2023/24.
The average Council Tax increase is calculated as follows:
|Element of Council Tax
|Average band D for main element of Council Tax set by West Northamptonshire Council for 2022/23
|Average band D adult social care precept set by West Northamptonshire Council for 2022/23
= a + b
|Total average Council Tax for 2022/23
|Average band D for main element of Council Tax for West Northamptonshire Council (including special expenses) for 2023/24
= d - a
|Increase in average band D for main element of Council Tax for West Northamptonshire Council (including special expenses) for 2023/24
= e / c
Increase as a percentage of total Council Tax in 2022/23
|Average band D for adult social care precept for West Northamptonshire Council for 2023/24
= g - b
|Increase in average band D for adult social care precept for West Northamptonshire Council for 2023/24
= h / c
|Increase as a percentage of total Council Tax in 2022/23
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:
- 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.
- Adults, Communities and Wellbeing: £125.2m (33%)
- Children’s Services (incl. Trust): £83.3m (22%)
- Place and Economy: £91.2m (24%)
- Finance: £11.2m (3%)
- Corporate Services: £30.4m (8%)
- Chief executive: £2.5m (1%)
- Technical/Centrally Held: £39.7m (10%)
- Total Net Budget: £383.5m
- Council Tax: £244.9m (64%)
- Business Rates: £90.8m (24%)
- Grants and other external funding: £39.9m (10%)
- Use of Reserves: £7.9m (2%)
- Total Resources: £383.5m
Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner
Please see the website for the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for more information.
For more information on the precept that the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner set for the Police and Fire Services, please see the meeting of the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel of 2 February 2023.
Parish / town councils
For more information on your local parish council and their budgets, please go to the website of your specific local parish or town council.
Last updated 13 October 2023