Where Your Council Tax Goes
Where does my Council Tax go?
We have found that when our customers talk to us about the Council Tax, the same or similar questions often reoccur. Below is a list of the most frequently asked questions with our answers. If you have any other questions about the tax or there are any other issues you would like to discuss with us, please do not hesitate to contact us.
These frequently asked questions are divided into two sections. The section below explains how the charge is determined and what we are spending your money on in 2023/24. The main Council Tax page answers questions about how to pay, claim discounts, query the charge or your banding and other information, to access the main Council Tax page.
What am I paying for services from Rushcliffe?
From April Rushcliffe Borough Council’s element of the council tax is as follows:
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What do I get for my money? Are Rushcliffe Borough Council's services good value?
Rushcliffe's portion of your council tax bill this year for a band D property is £153.95 – only 42 pence per day. Whilst this is an increase of £3.02 in a band D charge, in 2023/24 over 60% of properties in the borough will see no increase in their Council Tax bill as those in bands A to D will receive a discount equivalent to the increase. We will still remain a district with the lowest council tax in the county and in the lowest 25% in the country and we continue to provide excellent value services.
The first priority in Rushcliffe’s Corporate Strategy is ‘our residents’ quality of life’ and Rushcliffe is regularly rated in both local and national surveys as one of the best places to live in the UK. The Council continues to provide quality services, maximising opportunities and has committed to investing in the environment with climate change reduction initiatives, a commitment to economic growth with projects such as the Freeport and Development Corporation, meeting challenging housing targets, supporting the vulnerable and improving services having recently built a new leisure centre and crematorium.
The Council continues to focus on identifying savings with over £4.5m delivered over the last 8 years and a further £1.5m planned savings target over the next five years as the Council strives to support residents amidst cost of living challenges (with higher than expected inflation) and to enable us to continue deliver excellent value services to its residents despite continuing funding restraints.
For more details, see the Council Tax Charges - Enquiries leaflet
Why has my Council Tax bill increased?
Your Council Tax bill has increased, because of increases from all of the organisations who receive a portion of it. Rushcliffe Borough Council has taken the decision to increase its part of the Council Tax charge by 2.0% for 2023/24.
The annual increase in the Rushcliffe element equates to £3.02 for the year for a Band D property, or 6 pence per week. The increase is to help the Council to deliver excellent services whilst the level of central government grant we receive diminishes. For district councils, our Council Tax charge remains in the lowest 25% across the country.
Rushcliffe Borough Council's share of your bill accounts for just under 7% of the total. You also pay for services provided by Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, and, where applicable, your local Parish Council. We cannot comment on these services.
However, to find out more about these services please use the links below:
- Nottinghamshire County Council's council tax information
- Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner council tax information
- Combined Fire Authority council tax information
Adult Social Care
The calculation for the increase of the adult social care element of the Nottinghamshire County Council’s precept is determined in accordance with The Council Tax (Demand Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017. These amended regulations were designed to ensure consistency across all local authorities in how the precepts were displayed on the demand notice. The figures below show how the figure has been calculated, which relate to a band D property:
The following figures relate to the charges for a Band D property.
In 2022/23, the charges were:
Main precept £1,447.02
Adult social care element £197.07
Total charge £1,644.09
For 2023/24, Nottinghamshire County Council has determined to increase their main precept by 2.8% and their adult social care element by 2.0%.
The main precept has increased by 2.8%:
2022/23 total charge £1,644.09
2.8% increase £46.69
The adult social care element has increased by 2.0%:
2022/23 total charge £1,644.09
2.0% increase £32.88
Therefore the revised charge for 2023/24 is:
Main precept £1,447.02 + £46.69 = £1,493.71
Adult social care £197.07 + £32.88 = £229.95
Total £1,644.09 + £79.57 = £1,723.66
On 8 February 2023 the House of Commons approved the Referendums Relating to Council Tax Increases (Principles) (England) Report 2023/24 following the consultation on the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement.
For 2023/24, the report provides for a core council tax referendum principle of 3% as set out at the Autumn Statement. This means that, as a minimum, local authorities will be able to increase their relevant basic amount of council tax (essentially their average band D council tax including special expenses and levies but excluding local precepts) by up to 3% without having to hold a referendum.
The report also sets out additional flexibilities for all categories of authority for 2023/24. These are as follows:
- Councils with responsibility for adult social care can increase their council tax by an additional 2% Adult Social Care Precept. This means that a referendum will be required if the authority sets an increase of 5% (comprising 2% for the Adult Social Care Precept, and 3% for other expenditure) or more than 5%. For the avoidance of doubt, the referendum principle applies to the combined Adult Social Care Precept and the core referendum principle, not to each element separately.
- Shire District Councils – a referendum will be required if the authority sets an increase of 3% (or more than 3%), or more than £5, whichever is greater.
- Police and Crime Commissioners (including the police precept component of Greater Manchester and West Yorkshire Combined Authorities) – a referendum will be required if the authority sets an increase of more than £15.
- Fire and rescue authorities – a referendum will be required if the authority sets an increase of more than £5.
Breakdown of Council Tax bills by band:
Combined Fire Authority £
* This figure represents the average borough / parish / special expense charge
What are the Special Expenses included in my bill? (applicable only to West Bridgford, Ruddington and Keyworth)
Where there is no parish council the equivalent recreation and community services provided have to be paid for by Rushcliffe Borough Council. To cover these costs the residents of West Bridgford pay Special Expenses. These cover certain parks and playing fields, community centres, litter bins, benches and seats and children's play areas.
The Special Expenses for Ruddington and Keyworth relate to funding arrangements for cemeteries.
Council tax leaflets
Precept leaflets are available for the following Parish/Town Councils:
Accessible parish leaflets:
Do it online
If you wish to tell us about changes in your council tax address you can use this form. You can also register your account to view some of the council services online. To register for council tax complete the online form.
- Pay council tax
- Apply for a council tax discount or exemption
- Calculate benefit entitlement
- Set up a Direct Debit
- Council tax band finder
- Apply for council tax reduction
- View your council tax account
- Apply for single persons discount