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Council Tax

The Council Tax that you pay is used to help finance the services provided by not only Bolsover District Council but also by the following authorities:

  • Derbyshire County Council
  • Derbyhire county Council - Adult Social Care
  • Derbyshire Police Authority
  • Derbyshire Fire and Rescue
  • Parish Councils (if applicable)

The Council Tax is then calculated after taking into account the grants received from Central Government. Council Tax is charged for every property within the District. There is one bill per household and Council Tax is all due and payable on 1st April each year. However, legislation allows for 10 monthly instalments, but as of April 2013, legislation now also allows for 12 monthly instalments. To request this you must apply to us either in writing or by email.

When contacting us:

Please be aware that we can only discuss an account with the person named on the bill. If you want someone else to be able to contact us on your behalf please fill in our Third Party Authorisation form and return to the Council.

Revenue expenditure and income - Bolsover District Council
2015/16   2016/17
Gross expenditure
£'000
Income
£'000
Net
£'000
  Gross expenditure
£'000
Income
£'000
Net
£'000
38,575 (28,863) 9,711 Total Expenditure 38,851 (28,650) 10,201
1,545 (744) 801 Contributions to/(from)
reserves
1,068 (532) 535
40,120 (29,608) 10,512 Spending reuqirement
(Bolsover District Council)
39,919 (29,183) 10,736

 

Council Tax Calculation
2015/16
£
  2016/17
£
10,512,401 Spending requirement 
(Bolsover District Council)
10,736,394
2,628,890 Total of Parish Precepts +
Council Tax Support Grant
2,695,895
13,141,291   13,432,289
(3,102,529) Less government revenue
support grant
(2,456,990)
(3,463,663) Less business rates retention (3,857,060)
(1,049,509) Less new homes bonus grant (1,315,502)
(50,447) Less Council tax collection
fund surplus
(91,310)
5,475,143   5,711,427
22,595,454 Derbyshire County Council
precept
24,023,015
3,501,047 Police and Crime Commissioner 3,650,757
1,407,597 Fire and Rescue Service 1,467,560
32,979,241   34,852,759

 

Appeals

You have the right to appeal if you think:

  • You are not the person liable to pay Council Tax
  • You should qualify for an exemption or discount
  • Some mistake has been made in calculating your bill

In any of these cases, an appeal must be made in writing to us in the first instance, giving details of your reasons for appeal. Please write to: Bolsover District Council, The Arc, High Street, Clowne, Derbyshire, S43 4JY.

  • Your property is in the wrong band

In this case, an appeal against the banding of your property must be made in writing to Valuation Office Agency, Ground Floor, Ferrers House, Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham, NG2 1AB. Tel: 03000 501 501.

N.B. Appeals against banding are only accepted if they are made within 6 months of the day on which you became liable for the Council Tax at a property.

Band Charges

The amount payable depends on the value of the property and, whilst Council Tax was introduced on 1st April 1993, the valuations are based on the open market values as at 1st April 1991. All domestic properties are valued and placed in one of eight valuation bands by the Independent Valuation Agency.  A Listing Officer at the Valuation Office is responsible for compiling, maintaining and notifying the Council of the banding of a property.
 
The eight valuation bands are:
  • Band A - Values not exceeding £40,000  
  • Band B - Over £40,000 but not over £52,000 
  • Band C - Over £52,000 but not over £68,000
  • Band D - Over £68,000 but not over £88,000 
  • Band E - Over £88,000 but not over £120,000
  • Band F - Over £120,000 but not over £160,000
  • Band G - Over £160,000 but not over £320,000
  • Band H - Values exceeding £320,000 
Each band is subject to a different level of tax; Band A will have the lowest tax and Band H the highest.  The relevant band for your dwelling will be shown on your Council Tax bill. The following tables illustrate how much you can expect to pay in Council Tax for the full year 2016/17. The amount will depend upon which Band your property is in. 
 
The first table contains information for Bands A-D

The second table contains information for Bands E-H 

Bands A - D

Precept
2015/16
£
  Precept 2016/17
£

Band A
£

Band B
£

Band C
£

Band D
£

 34,000

Ault Hucknall

 34,800

1,109.94

1,294.93

1,479.93

1,664.91

97,797

Barlborough

 98,518

1,110.78

1,295.91

1,481.05

1,666.17

107,379

Blackwell

 113,191

1,113.20

1,298.73

1,484.28

1,669.80

249,627

Clowne

 276,914

1,131.26

1,319.80

1,508.36

1,696.89

 157,074

Elmton with Creswell

 157,074

1,126.47

1,314.21

1,501.97

1,689.70

 48,875

Glapwell

50,894

1,124.73

1,312.18

1,499.65

1,687.09

 21,663

Hodthorpe and Belph

 22,728

1,134.68

1,323.79

1,512.92

1,702.02

 92,158

 Langwith

 109,079

1,142.26 

1,332.63

1,523.02

1,713.39 

 213,628

Old Bolsover

227,258

1,098.77

1,281.89

1,465.03

1,648.15

156,788

Pinxton

 157,910

1,118.73

1,305.18

1,491.65

1,678.09

 63,768

Pleasley

 64,654

1,111.13

1,296.31

1,481.51

1,666.69

49,757

Scarcliffe

 55,048

1,120.20

1,306.90

1,493.61

1,680.30

460,808

Shirebrook

 460,082

1,190.85

1,389.32

1,587.81

1,786.27

238,288

South Normanton

 240,946

1,107.36

1,291.91

1,476.48

1,661.03

123,917

Tibshelf

 126,271

1,130.92

1,319.40

1,507.90

1,696.38

 170,338

Whitwell

 191,805

1,168.72

1,363.50

1,558.30

1,753.07

2,227,081         
 
   How your money is shared out   Band A
£
Band B
£
Band C
£
Band D
£
   Derbyshire County Council (see ASC split below)   776.78 906.24 1,035.71 1,165.17
   Derbyshire Police Authority   118.05 137.72 157.40 177.07
   Fire Authority   47.45 55.36 63.27 71.18
   District (inc. Parish Average)    184.68  215.46  277.02  338.58
   All services (average)    1,126.96  1,314.78  1,502.62  1,690.44
 
Adult Social Care split to avoid affecting formula          
DCC Total precept   776.78 906.24 1,035.71 1,165.17
DCC - ASC element Band D from DCC   14.94 17.43 19.92 22.41
DCC - non ASC element (balance)   761.84 888.81 1,015.79 1,142.76

 

Bands E - H

 

Precept 
2015/16
£
  Precept 2016/17
£

Band E
£

Band F
£

Band G
£

Band H
£

 34,000

Ault Hucknall

 34,800

2.034.90

2,404.88

2,744.86

3,329.83

97,797

Barlborough

 98,518

2,036.44

2,406.70

2,776.96

3,332.35

107,379

Blackwell

 113,191

2,040.88

2,411.94

2,783.01

3,339.61

249,627

Clowne

 276,914

2,073.99

2,451.07

2,828.16

3,393.79

 157,074

Elmton with Creswell

 157,074

2,065.20

2,440.69

2,816.17

3,379.41

 48,875

Glapwell

50,894

2,062.01

2,436.92

2,811.82

3,374.19

 21,663

Hodthorpe and Belph

 22,728

2,080.26

2,458.48

2,836.71

3,404.05

 92,158

 Langwith

 109,079

2,094.16 

2,474.91

2,855.66

3,426.79 

 213,628

Old Bolsover

227,258

2,014.42

2,380.67

2,746.92

3,296.31

156,788

Pinxton

 157,910

2,051.01

2,423.92

2,796.82

3,356.19

 63,768

Pleasley

 64,654

2,037.08

2,407.45

2,777.82

3,333.39

49,757

Scarcliffe

 55,048

2,053.71

2,427.11

2,800.51

3,360.61

460,808

Shirebrook

 460,082

2,183.23

2,580.18

2,977.12

3,572.55

238,288

South Normanton

 240,946

2,030.16

2,399.28

2,768.39

3,322.07

123,917

Tibshelf

 126,271

2,073.37

2,450.34

2,827.31

3,392.77

 170,338

Whitwell

 191,805

2,142.65

2,532.22

2,921.79

3,506.15

2,227,081         
 
   How your money is shared out   Band E
£
Band F
£
Band G
£
Band H
£
   Derbyshire County Council (see ASC split below)   1,424.10 1,683.02 1,941.95 2,330.34
   Derbyshire Police Authority   216.42 255.77 295.12 354.14
   Fire Authority   87.00 102.82 118.63 142.36
   District (inc. Parish Average)   338.58 400.14 461.70 554.04
   All services (average)   2,066.10 2,441.75 2,817.40 3,380.88
 
Adult Social Care split to avoid affecting formula          
DCC Total precept   424.10 1,683.02 1,941.95 2,330.34
DCC - ASC element Band D from DCC   27.39 32.37 37.35 44.82
DCC - non ASC element (balance)   1,396.71 1,650.65 1,904.60 2,285.52

Change Of Circumstances

If you move or any details change which may affect your Council Tax liability, you are required by law to notify us.
 
You must notify us of any of the following changes:
  • Have you moved house?
  • Do you qualify for a discount disregard?  
  • Has someone passed away?  
  • Do you live alone?  
  • Has someone moved in with you?  
  • Any other changes?  e.g.  Change of Name, Change in method of payment.  
 Please fill in the Change of Circumstances (478KB) form if any of the changes affect you. 

Changes To Council Tax and Business Rates

From 6 April 2014 a number of changes will take place that may affect you if you get into arrears with your Council Tax or Business Rates:

  • Bailiffs will be known as Enforcement Agents.
  • Levying Distress will be known as Taking Control of Goods.
  • A Walking Possession agreement will become a Controlled Goods agreement.

The main changes, however, are to the actual process and the fees charged. A new set of fees will apply that will be simpler and easier to understand:

  1. Compliance Stage Fee: £75.00. This will be charged whenever the Council refers a case. The Enforcement Agent will issue a notice of enforcement either by post or electronically. There will be no visit made at this stage. The intention is to obtain payment in full or to set up a payment arrangement.
  2. Enforcement Stage Fee: £235.00. This will be charged if there has been no contact or payments have not been made in accordance with an agreement. It will be applied when the Enforcement Agent first visits your property. The fee will be applied only once, regardless of the number of visits but if the debt is over £1500.00 a further 7.5% fee will be charged on the amount above this threshold.
  3. Removal and Disposal Stage Fee: £110.00. This will be charged if goods are actually removed from your property. Again, if the debt is over £1500.00, a further 7.5% will be charged.

N.B. Other fees may be applied if, for example, there are auctioneer’s expenses incurred in the sale process.

If you are struggling to pay either your Council Tax or Business Rates, please do not delay in contacting us, the sooner the better. This may avoid extra costs being applied.

Council Tax Support

From April 2013 Council Tax Benefit ended and was replaced by a localised scheme known as Council Tax Support (835kb).

The scheme that we have adopted is as follows:

  • The calculation remains unchanged, with the same rules applied as with Council Tax Benefit. However, any person of 'working age' will be subject to an 8.5% reduction in their calculated benefit entitlement.

For example, a person with a weekly Council Tax liability of £20.00 that previously qualified for maximum benefit e.g. £20.00 per week will now only be entitled to £18.30 per week. A person with a weekly Council Tax liability of £20.00 per week that previously qualified for £10.00 per week will now only be entitled to £9.15 per week.

The above changes apply to all 'working age' claimants except those in receipt of either a war disablement pension or a war widows pension.

Regulations set by Central Government state that the above changes cannot be applied to claimants of a pensionable age. A person is a pensioner if they have attained the qualifying age for state pension credit and they are not, or, if they have a partner, their partner is not in receipt of income support, income-based jobseekers allowance, income-related employment and support allowance or universal credit.

Social Fund Maternity and Funeral Expenses

Whilst Pensioner's will not be directly affected by the ending of Council Tax Benefit and the introduction of Council Tax Support this change may impact upon any future claim's under the Department for Work and Pensions Funeral Scheme.

Previously, entitlement to Council Tax Benefit automatically qualified both working and pensionable age claimants to assistance from the Funeral Scheme. This scheme exists to provide assistance to those 'least well off' in meeting the costs of a funeral for a family member or friend that they are responsible for. Pensioners may lose the right to automatic qualification once Council Tax Benefit ends in April 2013.

If you would like further information regarding Social Fund Maternity and Funeral Expenses please visit:

Discounts

Discounts reduce the amount of your Council Tax bill. A discount of 25%, 50% or even 100% can be awarded in certain cases. The basic Council Tax bill is based on the assumption that there are at least two adults living in a property. A discount is given if there are fewer than two residents. If you are the sole adult living in the property you will be entitled to a 25% reduction in your Council Tax.

If a property is left empty, unoccupied and unfurnished, it will receive a 3 month 100% discount followed by a 0% discount, i.e. full charge becomes due and payable.

If a property is deemed uninhabitable, requiring/undergoing major repairs or structural alteration it will receive a 100% discount for six months from the day work is completed or for a maximum period of 12 months, whichever is shorter, as long as it remains unoccupied and unfurnished. If you consider that a property you own is uninhabitable you should provide us with full details. The Council Tax visiting officer will have to carry out an internal inspection. As a guide, a damp proof course, new windows, new kitchen/bathroom do not make a property uninhabitable for Council Tax purposes. If ownership of a property changes it will not renew entitlement to this discount.

In addition, certain people are not counted when calculating the number of residents in a dwelling, These are called 'disregarded persons'. If someone in your household falls into one of the specified classed listed you may be entitled to a discount.

The main categories are:

With any discount we will seek confirmation of your staus and eligibility. If you believe you are entitled to a discount please contact us immediately. Following the award of any discount you must notify us immediately if your situation alters and the circumstances giving rise to a discount change.

Exemptions

There are circumstances when no Council Tax is payable. However, this depends on individual circumstances and these are highlighted in our Exemption Classes document.

You should pay full Council Tax at your main residence and you can claim a discount on an empty property or a second home. Some empty properties may be exempt from charge for up to a year.

Exempt Properties

Certain properties are exempt from Council Tax. A list and brief description of each class is given below. If you have been awarded an exemption you must inform the Council immediately if the situation that gave rise to the exemption no longer exists.

  • Class R - Caravan Pitches and Moorings for Boats - A pitch that is not occupied by a caravan, or a mooring that is not occupied by a boat, is exempt for the whole period that it remains unoccupied. As soon as the pitch, or mooring, becomes occupied the exemption will cease.

Unoccupied but may be left furnished

  • Class B - Owned by a charity - An exempt property that is owned by a charity will be exempt for up to 6 months if, when it is occupied, it is used for the purposes of that charity.
  • Class F - Owner/Tenant has died - If the owner dies a property can be exempt for up to 6 months from the date Probate is granted. However, as soon as the legal ownership of the property changes the exemption will cease. In the case of a tenant, the property will be exempt until the tenancy ends or it becomes occupied for 6 months after Probate is granted, whichever is shorter. In the case of a resident with no tenancy agreement liability passes to the owner of the property from the date of death and this exemption will not apply.
  • Class G - Occupation prohibited by law - This applies if a property is empty and the law says it cannot be lived in. This may be by way of an Act of Parliament that does not allow the property to be occupied or acquired.
  • Class H - Dwelling held for a Minister of Religion - An empty property, such as a vicarage, is exempt whilst it is being held to be occupied by a minister of religion and from which they will perform their duties.
  • Class K - Owned by a student - If a property is left empty due to the resident owner becoming a student and moving away to go to college, it will be exempt as long as the owner is a student and the property remains unoccupied.
  • Class L - Repossessed property - When a property has been repossessed it will remain exempt until it is sold.
  • Class Q - Owner is bankrupt - This applies to an empty property where the owner has been declared bankrupt. It only applies where the liability rests with the Trustee in Bankruptcy. It does not apply to companies.
  • Class T - Empty annexes/granny flats - A self contained annexe or granny flat which is attached to, or within the grounds of the owner's home, will be exempt whilst it is unoccupied. The annexe/flat must not be allowed to be let separately from the owner's home.

Unoccupied properties where owner/current tenant detained elsewhere

  • Class D - Owner/tenant in prison - A property which was solely occupied by someone who is detained in prison will be exempt whilst that person is in prison. In the case of a tenant, the property will be exempt until that person returns to the property or until the date their tenancy ends.
  • Class E - Owner/Tenant in hospital or nursing home - A property, which was solely occupied by someone who is a permanent resident in a nursing/care home or hospital, will be exempt until the property is sold or becomes occupied. In the case of a tenant, the property will be exempt until their tenancy ends.
  • Class I - Owner/Tenant living elsewhere to receive care - A property, which was solely occupied by someone who has moved elsewhere to receive personal care due to illness, old age, disability etc, will be exempt until the property is either occupied or sold. In the case of a tenant, it will be exempt until their tenancy ends.
  • Class J - Owner/Tenant living elsewhere to provide care - A property, which was solely occupied by someone who has moved elsewhere to provide personal care due to illness, old age, disability etc, will be exempt until the property is either occupied or sold. In the case of a tenant, it will be exempt until their tenancy ends.

Occupied Properties

  • Class M - Student halls of residence 
  • Class N - Property occupied soley by students
  • Class O - Armed forces accommodation - This includes barracks and other accommodation on military bases.
  • Class P - Visiting Forces accommodation 
  • Class S - A property occupied by people under 18 years old
  • Class U - A property soley occupied by people who are severely mentally impaired 
  • Class V - A property occupied by a Diplomat and their family 
  • Class w - A self contained annex/granny flat - This must be attached to or within the grounds of the owner's home and is occupied by a dependant relative of a person who is resident in the main dwelling.

Make A Payment

We offer several ways for you to pay your Council Tax. Whichever way you choose to pay, please make sure you have your invoice or reference number to complete the transaction.

  • Direct Debit - this is the quickest and most convenient way to pay your bill. You can set up a Direct Debit by either telephoning us on 01246 242440 or by completing the Direct Debit (1.34MB) mandate. You can choose to pay on 1st, 7th, 15th, 21st or 28th of each month.
  • Website - You can make payments on our website through our secure payments page

    Recent increases in the number of SSL related exploits have forced the PCI Security Standards Council to introduce new controls which are mandatory for organisations processing credit card payments.

    One of these requirements is to reject what are considered to be insecure connections to services. In order to comply with this mandatory requirement, we have made changes to our online payments service and any connections from older web browsers will be rejected. Connections will only be possible from the following web browsers:

    Internet Explorer - v11 and above
    Chrome - v22 and above
    Firefox - v27 and above
    Opera - v14 and above
    Safari - v7 and above

    We recommend that you update your web browser to the latest version available in order to continue using our online payments service. It is also possible to reconfigure some earlier web browsers to continue connecting to this service, although this is not a recommended workaround and is beyond the scope of this advisory.

  • Cash/Cheque - You can pay by cash or cheque directly at any of our Contact Centres in Bolsover, Clowne, Shirebrook or South Normanton. 
  • Post - Cheques should be made payable to Bolsover District Council. Please write your invoice/reference number on the back of the cheque so that we can process your payment, and send to Bolsover District Council, The Arc, High Street, Clowne, Derbyshire S43 4JY. Please do not send post-dated cheques. Cash should not be sent by post.
  • Telephone/Internet Banking - You can pay through your own bank's telephone/on-line services
  • Debit Card - You can pay by Debit Card over the telephone. Please ring 0300 4560503 and follow the step-by-step instructions.  You can ring at any time, the service is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. 

We are able to accept payment by the following debit cards - Switch, Delta, Visa Electron and Maestro. Please note that we are not able to accept payment by Credit Card.

Payments received up until 5pm on any working day (Monday to Friday) will normally be allocated to the account (Council Tax, Business Rates etc) by the next working day. Payments received after 5pm, or at weekends and on Bank Holidays will normally be allocated to the account by the following working day.

Recovery

If you are experiencing financial difficulties in paying your Council Tax bill you need to tell us immediately so we can help you. Please do not wait until you are behind with your payments before seeking advice. We have also introduced our own Debt Recovery Policy (223kb).

The Law Says...Council Tax becomes due on 1st April each year. However, under normal circumstances the law allows payment to be spread over 10 months from April to January, reducing as the year progresses. You are only entitled to be sent up to two reminders for Council Tax before losing the right to pay by instalments.

This is how it works...

  1. On the first occasion that you fail to pay an instalment by the due date (this is the date specified on your bill) a reminder will be sent to you. If you pay the amount requested promptly at this stage and remain up-to-date with payments you will maintain the right to pay by instalments. If, however, you fail to pay the amount requested by the due date, a summons will be issued. The summons will increase your debt as court costs will be added and you will lose the right to pay by instalments for the rest of the year. The whole of the year's Council Tax, which remains outstanding will become payable immediately.
  2. If you have had one reminder and paid it promptly, but then fail to pay by the due date a second time, the same procedures as above will apply.
  3. If you fail to pay on time for a third time in a year you will be sent a final reminder. This means the right to pay by instalments will be lost for the remainder of the year, even if you brought your account up-to-date on the previous occasions. The whole amount for the year must be paid in full within 7 days. If you fail to pay the full amount a summons will be issued and court costs added to your account. Please pay on time to avoid any additional costs.

What to do if you have received a Council Tax summons

  1. If you have been sent a summons, it will be because our records show that you were sent a Council Tax bill requiring instalment payment on specified dates. You were then sent a reminder informing you that one or more instalments were overdue. The reminder warned you that you would lose your right to pay by instalments if a payment was not made within 7 days. As you have not paid, this right has now been withdrawn and the summons is for the full amount outstanding for the year including costs incurred to date which are now added to the sum due.
  2. If you paid your bill recently, have already paid all outstanding instalments shortly before receiving the summons, or if the summons is incorrect in any way then you need to contact our Recovery Section to ensure that your payment has been correctly credited to your account and to discuss your case. If the summons is subsequently withdrawn by the Council, please help us by ensuring your future instalments are paid by the due date. The best way to ensure that your instalments reach us on time is to pay by Direct Debit (78kb). If you have a bank account you can take advantage of this easy option; a direct debit can be set up over the telephone.
  3. If the court decides that Council Tax has been set correctly and all documents issued in accordance with legislation, and that you have not paid the full amount outstanding, it will grant us a "liability order". This order will give us power to obtain payment in a number of ways, as we may choose. These include your account being passed to the Council's Enforcement Agents, deductions from earnings or Income Support/JSA/ESA, charging order, bankruptcy proceedings, committal to prison.
  4. Once the summons is correctly issued, the proceedings can be stopped only by making payment in full. This payment must be received by us before the date of the court hearing. Post dated cheques will not be accepted. It is important that your case is easily identified as one to be stopped. To enable us to do this, please write your account reference and summons number on the reverse of your cheque. If paying by cash, please enclose a note showing your account reference and summons number. Payments will not be accepted at the court.
  5. If you are unable to pay the full amount immediately, you need to contcat our Recovery Section immediately.

If you have not already claimed Council Tax Support, you may wish to do so now. However, this will not prevent further action on this summons.

Should I attend the Court?

It is your right to attend the court hearing to present your case if you feel that you are not liable for the amount shown on the summons. However, the only legal reasons why a liability order will not be granted are that the amount has not been legally demanded or that it has been paid. It is easier, quicker and cheaper to sort out all matters before the hearing by contacting our Recovery Section.

When you attend court, the court staff will be available to direct you to the court room where the application will be heard. While every effort will be made to ensure the application will be dealt with on the date specified in the summons sent to you, in the event that there is insufficient court time for it to be heard on that day, you will then be given details of the date and time you are next required to attend court.

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