Where your council tax goes
Where your Council Tax goes
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 2018/19. 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:
|Property in Band||Annual Council Tax||Annual Increase||Increase per Week|
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 £132.84 – only 36 pence per day. We are still a district with one of the lowest council tax levels in the country and we continue to improve services.
The main thing you need to know is we are looking to continue to provide quality services, drive efficiencies through the Council and maximise opportunities to grow investment within the Borough. Over the past six years the Council has successfully delivered in excess of £5.2m of savings and is looking to deliver a further £2.9m over the next five years as the Council has to deal with further Government funding reductions. 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 3.9% for 2018/19.
The annual increase in the Rushcliffe element equates to £4.95 for the year for a Band D property, or less than 10 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 over 7% of the total. You also pay for services provided by Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottinghamshire Fire Authority, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner, and, where applicable, your local Parish Council. We cannot comment on these services.
The Secretary of State for 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 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.
However, to find out more about these services please use the links below:
- Nottinghamshire County Council: Nottinghamshire County Council's council tax information
- Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner: Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner council tax information 2018/19
- Combined Fire Authority: Combined Fire Authority council tax information 2018/19
Breakdown of Council Tax bills by band:
|Property in Band||County £||Fire £||Police £||*Borough plus Parish £||Total £|
* This fgure 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 cemetaries.
Council tax leaflets
Precept leaflets are available for the following Parish/Town Councils:
- Bingham Town Council precept leaflet 2018/19
- Cotgrave Town Council precept leaflet 2018/19
- East Leake Parish Council precept leaflet 2018/19
- Keyworth Parish Council precept leaflet 2018/19
- Radcliffe-on-Trent Parish Council precept leaflet 2018/19
- Ruddington Parish Council precept leaflet 2018/19