Council Tax

Council Tax – background

Council Tax is a tax levied on householders across the whole country and is used to generate funds for Local Government and Police and Fire Services. The amounts collected are augmented by direct grants from Central Government.

Introduced in 1993 replacing the unpopular Community Charge, each property is placed into one of eight bands, based upon the hypothetical 1993 value. Obviously in London there will be more properties in the higher bands than in some other parts of the country where the property valuations were lower. The property band determines the proportion of the overall Council Tax requirement each property will pay. A Band A property will pay 2/3 that of a Band D and a Band H pays twice as much as a Band D (or 3 times as much as a Band A). The amount properties in a Band are charged cannot be compared “across borders”; e.g. a Band G property in Woodford cannot be compared to Band G property Great Addington as Great Addington Parish Council provides different services, and has a different budget divided out between a smaller number of properties.


Benefield Parish 2019 – 2020 

Band Charge
A £1150.75
B £1342.55
C £1534.33
D £1726.13
E £2109.71
F £2493.30
G £2876.88
H £3452.26


Reduced bills

Properties occupied by a single person are eligible for a 25% discount, and those householders on low incomes can apply for a financial reduction through the Council Tax Support Scheme which is a means tested calculation.


Calculating proportion of Band D


Council Tax Band


of Band D

Band A 6 / 9      
Band B 7 / 9      
Band C 8 / 9      
Band D      
Band E 11 / 9      
Band F 13 / 9      
Band G 15 / 9      
Band H 18 / 9      


Benefield Parish – precept (what the parish council receives)

2018/2019 = £6700

2019/2020 = £7000

For a Band D property that = £40.58


Further Information

Further information regarding Council Tax, Discounts, Support, Empty Homes, Moving House, Difficulty Paying, Recovery Methods, Court System, Bailiffs / Recovery Agents and Your Council Tax Band can be found on the East Northamptonshire Website