Who pays what?

The Council Tax is the way the council collects some of the money it needs to pay for services. The rest of the money it needs comes from fees and charges for services, and grants from the Government. We send a bill to every home (or ‘dwelling’) in North Lincolnshire, each of which is valued in one of eight bands (see table, right). Each band corresponds to a

different amount of tax. Band H taxpayers pay twice as much as those in band D and three times as much as those in band A. Your Council Tax bill says which band applies to your dwelling. The amount of Council Tax collected by the

council is based on 52,087.2 band D equivalent properties in the area. Most dwellings are subject to Council Tax. There is one bill per dwelling, whether it is

a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, and whether it is owned or rented. Each dwelling has been allocated to one of the eight bands according to its open market capital value on 1 April 1991. You can appeal if you think your property is

in the wrong band but you must first bear in mind that your property was valued in April 1991. Changes in general market values since that date will not affect its banding. You will need to show that there has been a misun-

Band A B C D E F

G H

C o u n c i l t a x b a n d s Range of Values

£40,000 or less

£40,001 - £52,000 £52,001 - £68,000 £68,001 - £88,000 £88,001 - £120,000 £120,001 - £160,000 £160,001 - £320,000 More than £320,000

No. of properties Charge 35,100 14,756 10,911 7,177 3,492 1,394 475 27

£849.24 £990.78

£1,132.32 £1,273.86 £1,556.94 £1,840.02 £2,123.10 £2,547.72

We explain and compare levels of council tax by showing what it means to the

owner of a band D property – one that was worth between £68,000 and £88,000 in 1991. In fact, most properties in North Lincolnshire are in band A (valued at up to

£40,000 in 1991) with 83 per cent of properties in bands A to C. So, the vast majority of Council Tax payers pay less than the band D figure of £1,273.86. On top of this, the Fire Authority charges each Band D property £77.92. The Police

Authority charges £173.12. This makes a total Band D charge of £1,524.90. There are also variable town, parish and Scunthorpe special expenses, for services provided in specific areas. See the council website for full listings of the parish charges for each band. The council does not set these charges, but collects the money on behalf of the

various authorities. To find out more about these charges, see the police and fire leaflets, or contact your parish council - details on www.northlincs.gov.uk

derstanding over the value of your property, or that its value in relation to other properties in North Lincolnshire has changed. To enquire about this, contact The Valuation Officer,

Cathedral Court, Second Floor, 1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield, S1 1HD, 03000 501 501, or email: sheffieldgroup.vo@ voa.gsi.gov.uk

Spending priorities - what you said

To help it decide what its spending priorities should be, the council invited local people to have their say. It produced a leaflet and an online survey to enable people to give their views on the most important things for the council to spend on, as well as ways in which they thought it could make savings. It also held consultation meetings with the local business community and with parish councils. Below is a summary of what people said:

Their highest priority services were:  Education – including support for

schools;

 Care of the elderly , and  Promoting economic growth and jobs – especially for young people.

Followed by:  Children’s care services;  Maintaining roads and footpaths;  Reducing crime, the fear of crime and anti-social behaviour;

 Youth services;  Improving people’s health.

Among the most popular options for making

savings were reducing the number of council buildings, sharing services with other councils or organisations, and increasing fees and charges for some services.

Other suggestions for saving money were

to reduce the number of managers and the number of councillors, and to cut councillors’ allowances.

Overall, people’s top priorities for the

council were value for money; high quality services, and keeping tax rises below the level of inflation.

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