Bournemouth Council

This Year's Council Tax Increase Explained

What will the increase in charges pay for?

Council Tax is made up of charges for services, which are known as precepts. These include a precept for services from your council, a precept for services from the Police and a precept for services from the Fire & Rescue Service. 

So a band D house for 2017/18 the charges shown on your council tax bill are as follows:

  • Council (made up of standard services and Adult Social Care) £1357.65
  • Police £194.58
  • Fire  £70.59

Giving a 2017/18 total for a band D property of £1622.82

Bournemouth Council’s part of the Council Tax for 2017/18 has been increased by 4.98%. 

This 4.98% increase is made up of two parts - a 3% Adult Social Care (ASC) precept and 1.98% towards all other Council services.

The Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government 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). The offer was the option for these authorities to charge a new precept of up to 2% on its Council Tax for 2016/17 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care.

This ASC precept is a cumulative figure and for 2017/18, authorities are allowed to increase this charge to 3%. Therefore, in 2016/17 a Band D precept for Adult Social Care was £24.87 (2% of £1243.71) added to the 2017/18 figure of £38.80 (3% of £1293.30) resulting in an overall charge of £63.67.

The Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this ASC precept for each financial year up to and including 2019-20.


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