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Council tax

The council tax you pay goes towards a range of services provided by the County Council, police, district and parish councils.

Council tax is collected by your local district council.

For specific information about council tax, such as registering for council tax, billing and paying your council tax, changing address, council tax benefits, discounts and exemptions, and council tax banding, you will need to contact your local district council.

Coronavirus Hardship Fund council tax relief

The Government has announced a £500m Hardship Fund to provide council tax relief to those most affected by the coronavirus outbreak.

Who qualifies for relief through the Hardship Fund?

If you are of working age and already receiving Council Tax Support you will be credited with up to £150 on your account in 2020/21. You do not need to do anything to claim the relief money. It will be automatically credited to your council tax account.

When will relief be applied?

Your local council will apply the credit to your account as soon as possible. At the moment they are still waiting for the necessary funding to be released by government.

Council tax budget

At its meeting on 17 February 2020, Norfolk County Council agreed to increase the council tax for 2020-21 by 3.99%. This includes an increase of 1.99% for general council tax, and 2.00% for the Adult Social Care precept.

The financial climate in which local government operates continues to be challenging, with significant pressures of £70m across front line services.

The agreed council tax increase of 3.99% enables the council to protect vital services and will help to ensure a robust and sustainable financial position in future years.

Summary of the council's budget and council tax requirement

Item 2020-21 2019-20 
£m £m
Gross expenditure  1,446.2 1,401.2 
Income budgets and use of reserves   -815.3 -789.3 
 Revenue Support Grant and Business Rates income -200.4   -202.6
Council’s Net Budget  430.4  409.3 
 Estimated Surplus on District Council Collection Funds -6.2   -6.9
 Council tax requirement (Precept charge on District Councils)  -424.2 -402.4 
Council tax for average Band D property   £1,416.51 £1,362.24 
 Of which -    
 Council tax for Band D (General) £1,293.30   £1,266.19
Council tax for Band D (Adult Social Care Precept)   £123.21 £96.05 

There is an increase in the precept charge on District Councils, which is due in part to the increase in the tax base (i.e. additional homes). The increase in council tax of 3.99% (including 2% for the Adult Social Care precept) results in a change of £54.27 to the council tax per Band D property. This equates to approximately £1.04 per week for a Band D property.

The increase of 3.99% for 2020-21 is calculated based on the total Band D council tax charged by Norfolk County Council in 2019-20 (i.e. a 3.99% increase on £1,362.24).

This table shows the County Council’s share of Council Tax by Band

Band
2020-21
ASC
Precept
2020-21
Non-ASC
Precept

2020-21
Total
Council Tax

2019-20 
Total
Council Tax

A £82.14 £862.20   £944.34 £908.16 
B £95.83 £1,005.90   £1,101.73 £1,059.52 
C £109.52 £1,149.60   £1,259.12 £1,210.88 
D  £123.21 £1,293.30   £1,416.51 £1,362.24 
E  £150.59 £1,580.70   £1,731.29 £1,664.96 
F  £177.97 £1,868.10   £2,046.07 £1,967.68 
G  £205.35 £2,155.50  £2,360.85  £2,270.40
H £246.42  £2,586.60 £2,833.02   £2,724.48

Levies to Agencies included in the council's budget:

Item
2020-21 2019-20
£m £m
Environment Agency  0.904   0.879 
 Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority 0.619 0.609

Statement concerning adult social care funding

The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

Within the flexibilities offered by Government, Norfolk County Council has chosen to levy the precept as 2% in 2016-17, 3% in both 2017-18 and 2018-19, 0% in 2019-20, and 2% in 2020-21.

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