How is my Council Tax calculated?
Council Tax helps pay for local services such as education, waste collection and policing. It is collected by Daventry District Council on behalf of Northamptonshire’s public authorities, including Northamptonshire County Council, the Police & Crime Commissioner, and parish councils in the district.
Every year each of those authorities agrees a budget, which sets out the level of Council Tax that needs to be collected. DDC sends a bill out to each home that shows how much needs to be paid. The amount you must pay is based on a valuation of your home – also known as your Council Tax band. The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) allocates each property to one of eight bands according to its value on the open market at 1 April 1991.
The range of values for each band is detailed below:
| Band || Range of values in £ |
|A ||Up to 40,000 |
|B ||Over 40,001 and up to 52,000 |
|C ||Over 52,001 and up to 68,000 |
|D ||Over 68,001 and up to 88,000 |
|E ||Over 88,001 and up to 120,000 |
|F ||Over 120,001 and up to 160,000 |
|G ||Over 160,001 and up to 320,000 |
|H ||Over 320,001 |
If you believe your property is in the wrong band you can formally challenge it with the VOA Please note that if you do appeal you MUST continue paying your original Council Tax bill. If your appeal is successful we will refund any money that you have overpaid.
Some people are eligible for a discount on their Council Tax while certain properties are exempt - visit our Reductions, discounts and exemptions page to find out more.
How much is my Council Tax?
Your annual Council Tax bill – which you should normally receive each March - will tell you how much you have to pay and how that amount has been worked out.
View the Annual Council Tax Charges by band 2017/2018
The bill will also set out the amount of each instalment and the dates when payment should be received. Normally, you will be offered 10 instalments but you can request to pay your Council Tax over 12 instalments if you prefer. This request must be made in writing and received by the Revenue Services Department by 14 April 2017.
How is my Council Tax spent?
Find out in our infographic below. You can click on the graphic to download a copy:
Daventry District Council set its 2017/18 budget at the Full Council meeting of Thursday, February 23, 2017.
Spending of £14.993 million was agreed and, after the use of reserves, balances and central government support was taken into account, DDC’s portion of the Council Tax bill was increased by about £4.69.
This is £137.62 for an average Band D property - about £2.65 a week
Information about Northamptonshire County Council's budget can be found here, and you can find out how your Council Tax contribution to policing is spent here
Who is responsible for paying Council Tax?
The person who needs to pay the bill is usually the person that lives in the property as their main home. You will usually have to pay Council Tax if you’re 18 or over and own or rent a home.
To decide who needs to pay Council Tax, look down the list below and when you reach the first description that applies to a person in your home, they will be the person who has to pay the bill.
- The resident freeholder
- The resident leaseholder
- The resident statutory or secure tenant
- The resident licensee
- The resident
- The owner (when there is no resident).
If you live in a property which is jointly owned, leased or rented by two or more people, you will be jointly responsible for paying Council Tax. There is only one Council Tax bill for each property.
In these cases the name of everyone who is jointly responsible will appear on the bill. We cannot become involved in any arrangements you may have made with other people who are jointly responsible for paying the bill. If we have to take legal action to get back the Council Tax you owe, we will contact each of you separately for full payment.
Pay your Council Tax online