How Council Tax is Calculated and Used

This section tells you more about Council Tax.

Nottingham City Council receives money from the Government in the form of Revenue Support Grant and retains a proportion of the income from Business Rates. This helps cover the cost of local services.

These services include:

  • Education 
  • Social Services
  • Cultural Services
  • Environmental Services
  • Planning

The money received from the Government is not enough to cover the whole cost of Council services. The balance is funded from the Council Tax.

For 2018-2019 the total budget of the Council is financed as follows

2018-19 £m Amount per Head of population (£)

Gross revenue spending
on council services



Gross Income



Budget Requirement



Financed by

Retained Business Rates



Business Rates Top-up



Revenue Support Grant



Collection Fund Surplus



Council Tax Requirement



Details on how the Council spends its money is shown below.

Each year the Council identifies its spending needs and is advised of the money it will receive from Central Government. From this, the amount to be funded by Council Tax is derived.

The Authority then calculate how much the charge will be for a band D property. The charges for the other bands are then calculated using the following proportions of the band D charge:

Band A B C D E F G H

Proportion of Band D









The amount of Council Tax that you pay will depend upon a number of factors.

Each property is placed into one of eight valuation bands depending on its market value as at 1 April 1991. Click here to read more about Council Tax bands and charges.

The full Council Tax is due on properties in which two or more adults are living. If there are fewer than two adults resident then a discount may be allowed. Certain people may be 'disregarded' when counting the number of residents and, in effect, this person will be treated as though they were not resident. A reduction may be applied if a property is the main residence of a person with a disability and the property contains specific features which are required to meet their needs. The full tax will be payable on properties that are empty and unfurnished unless one of the exemptions applies. Click here for more information about discounts, exemptions, reductions and empty properties.

How the Council Spends its Money

Details of how the Council will spend its money for the year 2018/19

  • Adult Social Care £160.7m
  • Planning Services £21.8m
  • Highways and Transport Services £73.9m
  • Housing Services £169.9m
  • Environmental and Regulatory Services £54.0m
  • Children's and Education Services £250.5m
  • Cultural and Related Services £50.8m
  • Contribution to Reserves £7.1m
  • Levies: Flood Defence £0.1m
  • Housing Revenue Account £105.6m
  • Nottingham Express Transit £37.9m
  • Other Services £59.5m

Amounts show the total cost of services (including the costs of internal support functions charged to services).

Council Tax Adult Social Care charge

Statement concerning Adult Social Care funding from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

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 holding 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 ach financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.’

Council Tax Bill leaflets

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