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.

Council tax budget 2022-23

At its meeting on 21 February 2022, Norfolk County Council agreed to increase the council tax for 2022-23 by 2.99%. This increase works out at an extra £44.01 for a Band D property, approximately £0.84 per week.

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 2.99% is below the referendum threshold set by government of 4% (including 1% which the Council has deferred from 2021-22). This balanced approach recognises the financial pressures faced by local taxpayers while enabling the council to protect vital services and will help to ensure a robust and sustainable financial position in future years.

The 2.99% rise comprises:

  • an increase in the element relating to county-wide services equivalent to a 1.99% rise in Council Tax; and
  • an increase in the element ring-fenced to help fund Adult Social Care (the Social Care Precept) equivalent to a 1.00% rise in Council Tax.

This table shows how the increase affects the County Council’s share of each Council Tax band:

 Band   Total Council Tax 2021-22   General 1.99% increase Adult Social Care Precept 1% increase   Total Council Tax 2022-23 

 A

£981.96
£19.56
£9.78
£1,011.30
 B £1,145.62 £22.82 £11.41  £1,179.85 
 C £1,309.28
£26.08  £13.04  £1,348.40 
 D £1,472.94  £29.34  £14.67  £1,516.95
 E £1,800.26  £35.86  £17.93  £1,854.05 
 F £2,127.58
£42.38  £21.19  £2,191.15
 G £2,454.90
£48.90  £24.45  £2,528.25 
 H £2,945.88  £58.68 
£29.34  £3,033.90 

This is how the council tax increase is calculated for a Band D household:

  • The total 2021-22 charge was £1,472.94
  • Add £1,472.94 x 1.99% = £29.34 for the General council tax increase
  • Add £1,472.94 x 1% = £14.67 for the Adult Social Care Precept increase
  • Gives total 2022-23 charge of £1,516.95

Read more about the 2022-23 budget and how council tax is set.

Summary of the council's budget and council tax requirement

Item 2022-23 (£m) 2021-22 (£m)
Gross expenditure 1,637.4 1,518.2
Income budgets and use of reserves   -964.2  -874.6
 Revenue Support Grant and Business Rates income -209.0 -204.4
Council’s Net Budget  464.1 439.1
 Estimated Deficit / (Surplus) on District Council Collection Funds -1.9 3.8 
 Council tax requirement (Precept charge on District Councils) -462.2  -442.9
Council tax for average Band D property   £1,516.95 £1,472.94 
 Of which -    
 Council tax for Band D (General) £1,350.81 £1,321.47  
Council tax for Band D (Adult Social Care Precept)   £166.14  £151.47

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).

Levies to Agencies included in the council's budget:

Item
2022-23 (£m) 2021-22 (£m)
Environment Agency  0.950  0.926 
 Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority 0.639 0.629

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 and 2021-22. As part of setting the 2021-22 Budget, the Council agreed to defer a further 1% increase in the Adult Social Care precept to 2022-23.

Government support for rising energy bills

The Government has announced an “Government Council Tax Rebate” intended to support households as part of its response to rising energy prices and to help with the cost of living. A one-off, non-repayable rebate of £150 will be made for most households that are liable for council tax in bands A to D in England (excluding second homes and empty properties). This is expected to benefit around 80% of homes in England. The rebate will be made directly by local authorities (District Councils) starting from April 2022. The one-off rebate will be made separately from council tax billing and so will not impact on the council tax payable in respect of 2022-23.

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