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 2018-19

At its meeting on 12 February 2018, Norfolk County Council agreed to increase the council tax for 2018-19 by 5.99%.  This includes an increase of 2.99% for general council tax, and 3.00% for the Adult Social Care precept.

The financial climate in which local government operates continues to be challenging, with significant and ongoing reductions to core funding at the same time as substantial service cost pressures.

The agreed council tax increase of 5.99% 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 2018-19 2017-18
£m £m
Gross expenditure 1,376.5 1,382.9
Income budgets and use of reserves -780.5 -801.1
Revenue Support Grant and Business Rates income -207.2 -223.0
Council’s Net Budget 388.8 358.8
Estimated Surplus on District Council Collection Funds -5.7 -4.5
Council tax requirements (Precept charge on District Councils) -383.1 -354.3
   
Council tax for average Band D property £1,322.73 £1,247.94
Of which -
Council tax for Band D (General) £1,226.68 £1,189.32
Council tax for Band D (Adult Social Care Precept) £96.05 £58.62

There is an increase in the precept charge on District Councils, which is due in part to the increase in the tax base (ie additional homes).  The increase in council tax of 5.99% (including 3% for the Adult Social Care precept) results in a change of £74.79 to the council tax per Band D property.  This equates to approximately £1.43 per week for a Band D property.

This table shows the County Council’s share of Council Tax by Band
Band
2018-19
ASC
Precept
2018-19
Non-ASC
Precept

2018-19
Total
Council Tax

2017-18
Total
Council Tax

A £64.03 £817.79 £881.82 £831.96
B £74.70 £954.09 £1,028.79 £970.62
C £85.38 £1,090.38 £1,175.76 £1,109.28
D £96.05 £1,226.68 £1,322.73 £1,247.94
E £117.40 £1,499.27 £1,616.67 £1,525.26
F £138.75 £1,771.86 £1,910.61 £1,802.58
G £160.08 £2,044.47 £2,204.55 £2,079.90
H £192.10 £2,453.36 £2,645.46 £2,495.88

 

Levies to Agencies included in the council's budget
Item 2018-19 2017-18
£m £m
Environment Agency 0.848 0.813
Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority 0.543 0.536

Statement concerning adult social care funding

The Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has 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 is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care.  Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this “precept” at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.

Within the flexibilities currently offered by Government, Norfolk County Council has chosen to levy the precept as 2% in 2016-17 and 3% in both 2017-18 and 2018-19. This means no increase in precept would be possible in 2019-20 under the current arrangements.