Council Tax Charges

Darlington Borough Council has set a Council Tax for 2018/19 of £1,743.70 as the equivalent Band D amount in the urban area. This is made up of the tax for the Borough Council’s services £1,355.87, an Adult Social Care precept of £106.06, the tax for the Office of the Durham Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner £181.24 and the tax for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Authority £100.53. The remainder is converted to an additional Council Tax for parish households. The figures appropriate to each parish and band are shown in the table below.

N.B. The Adult Social Care precept (£106.06) combines the amount charged in 2016/17 (£39.41), the amount charged in 2017/18 (£39.41) and the 2018/19 precept (£41.38). The 2018/19 precept of 3% is based on the 2017/18 overall Darlington Borough Council council tax of £1,379.30.

The increase in Council Tax for each authority from 2018/19 is:

  • Darlington Borough Council 2.99%
  • Darlington Borough Council Adult Social Care Precept 3.0%
  • Office of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner 7.09%
  • County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Authority 2.95%
Part of the Council's areaPreceptBand A - £Band B - £Band C - £Band D - £Band E - £Band F - £Band G - £Band H - £
Bishopton 7,868 1,192.67 1,391.44 1,590.21 1,789.00 2,186.55 2,584.11 2,981.66 3,578.00
Heighington 16,770 1,174.92 1,370.73 1,566.55 1,762.37 2,154.01 2,545.65 2,937.29 3,524.74
High Coniscliffe 2,000 1,174.90 1,370.71 1,566.52 1,762.34 2,153.97 2,545.60 2,937.24 3,524.68
Hurworth 54,000 1,191.98 1,390.64 1,589.30 1,787.97  2,185.30 2,582.63 2,979.95 3,575.94
Low Coniscliffe/Merrybent 11,450 1,187.45 1,385.35 1,583.25 1,781.17 2,176.98 2,572.80 2,968.62 3,562.34
Middleton St George 45,182 1,180.25 1,376.95 1,573.66 1,770.37 2,163.79 2,557.20 2,950.62 3,540.74
Neasham 6,695 1,181.08 1,377.92 1,574.76 1,771.61 2,165.30 2,558.99 2,952.68 3,543.22
Piercebridge 1,512 1,178.65 1,375.09 1,571.52 1,767.97 2,160.85 2,553.74 2,946.62 3,535.94
Sadberge 10,875 1,187.67 1,385.61 1,583.55 1,781.50 2,177.39 2,573.28 2,969.17 3,563.00
Whessoe 5,427 1,169.24 1,364.10 1,558.97 1,753.85 2,143.59 2,533.34 2,923.08 3,507.70
All other parts of the Council's area   1,162.47 1,356.21 1,549.95 1,743.70 2,131.19 2,518.68 2,906.17 3,487.40
Ratio (proportion of band D)   6/9 7/9 8/9 9/9 11/9 13/9 15/9 18/9

Adult Social Care Precept

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 the 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 each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019/20.

In relation to the financial year beginning in 2018 the Secretary of State has determined (and the House of Commons has approved) a referendum principle of 6% (comprising 3% for expenditure on adult social care and 3% for other expenditure), for adult social care authorities. The referendum principles are limited to a maximum 6% for adult social care over the three years between 2017/18 and 2019/20 subject to a maximum of 3% in any one year. These authorities may therefore set council tax up to 6% in 2018 without holding a referendum.

Darlington Borough Council has approved an additional adult social care “precept” of 3% in both 2017/18 and 2018/19 and this means there will be no additional “precept” in 2019/20.

Valuation bands

Each dwelling is placed in a valuation band to enable the Council to calculate the bill for each property. The value is based on what the property might have sold for on the open market at 1/4/1991- not the current value which is now likely to be considerably more. Even the values of properties built since 1991 are estimates of what they might have been worth at 1/4/1991 had they been completed.

The current range of property values within each valuation band is as follows:

BandRange of Values (at 1 April 1991)Proportion of Band D
A Up to £40,000 6/9
B Over £40,000 and up to £52,000 7/9
C Over £52,000 and up to £68,000 8/9
D Over £68,000 and up to £88,000 9/9
E Over £88,000 and up to £120,000 11/9
F Over £120,000 and up to £160,000 13/9
G Over £160,000 and up to £320,000 15/9
H Over £320,000 18/9

The proportion of each band to band D means, for example, that a dwelling in band H will pay 3 times as much council tax as a dwelling in band A and twice as much as a dwelling in band D. A dwelling in band A will pay two thirds of the amount paid by dwelling in band D.

Even if you make improvements to your property that significantly increase its value, the valuation banding cannot be increased until either there is a change of ownership or there is revaluation of all dwellings.

Dwellings are valued for council tax by the Valuation Office Agency (part of HM Revenue & Customs) and not by the Council. Details of all properties are available on the Valuation Office Agency's website [external link].

If you think the valuation band placed on your property is too high, you can only appeal to the Valuation Office Agency in specific circumstances, including the following:

  • Less than six months have elapsed since a change of ownership in the property
  • The property has been wholly or partly demolished
  • The surroundings of the property have changed
  • Improvements have been made to the property and it has been sold
  • Council tax will always be payable on the existing valuation until any appeal is successful in reducing the valuation.

Empty Property Premium

If you own a property which has been empty and unfurnished for 2 years or more, you will have to pay an additional 50% on your Council Tax. This is known as an Empty Property Premium and will show as a separate charge on your Council Tax bill.

Details of budget and spending plans for 2018/19

Major authorities Council Tax requirements 2017/18 (£000)2018/19 (£000)
Darlington Borough Council 44,279 47,493
Durham Police Authority 5,414 5,868
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Authority 3,124 3,255
Total Council Tax requirement 52,817 56,616
Darlington Borough Council's spending plans (gross expenditure)    
Children and Adults Services 98,058 98,809
Economic Growth 24,705 22,121

Neighbourhood Services and Resources

84,577 90,811
Public Health 8,844 8,817

Council-wide pressures / (savings)

(3,860) (1,406)
Total gross spending 212,324 219,152


(135,563) (137,584)
Less Reserves (920) (1,843)
Add Financing Costs 1,645 915
Total net spending 77,486 [735.16 per head of population] 80,640 [763.30 per head of population]
Parish Precepts

156 [1.48 per head of population]

162 [1.53 per head of population]
Darlington Borough Council's Council tax requirement    
Less Formula Grant (31,085) [294.36 per head of population] (31,487) [298.04 per head of population]

New Homes Bonus

(2,278) [21.61 per head of population] (1,1822) [17.25 per head of population]
Darlington Borough Council's Council tax requirement 44,123 [418.62 per head of population] 47,331 [448.02 per head of population]

Additional information

Darlington Borough Council's estimated financial reserves March 2018 (£m)March 2019 (£m)
Estimated balance of the General Fund 20.233 18.390
Darlington Borough Council's Capital Investment Plans for 2018/19    
Housing   15.181
Children Families and Learning   0.142
Transport   5.789
Other   4.315
Total   25.427

Darlington Borough Borrowing liabilities: The Council borrows money on long term basis to finance capital projects such as housing and schools. Loans outstanding at 28 February 2018 were £160.16m.

Employee numbers: The number of staff the Council employed in February 2018 was 2,258 (FTE 1,564.1) which included all permanent, temporary, casual and supply employees.

Environment Agency - North East Region: The Environment Agency raises a levy on all local authorities to pay for flood defence work.  The levy on Darlington for 2018/19 is £103,731 (from £102,064 in 2017/18).

Durham Police Authority's budget and spending plans [external link]

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Authority's budget and spending plans [external link]

More information about the Council’s spending plans can be found online at  /your-council/a-z/- click on Finance.