Adult Social Care Precept

What will the increase in charges pay for?

Adult Social Care Precept

The Secretary of State 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 was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional "precept" on its Council Tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care form the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

Your 2020/21 Council Tax bill explained

As part of harmonisation, BCP Council has increased Council Tax for the Bournemouth area by 3.84%.

Your bill shows 2 percentage changes for BCP Council, one for the part of the overall change attributable to general expenditure, and one for the part attributable to the adult social care precept.

The government introduced legislation and guidance setting out how the Adult Social Care precept is calculated and shown on council tax bills.  The percentage increase for the BCP element is calculated on the combined total of the Bournemouth area and Adult Social Care charges from last year’s bill and is an increase of 3.8%.

Example - Band D Property

The following example shows how the percentages have been calculated for 2020/21 based on a Band D property.

Band D example
Detail on bill2019 - 2020 billDetail on bill 2020 - 21% age increase
BCP Council Bournemouth area £1,369.00  BCP Council  £1,396.17  1.8% (rounded) 
Adult Social Care precept £104.40  Adult Social Care Precept  £133.83  2% charge 
BCP Council Bournemouth area Total £1, 473.40 BCP Council - Total   £1,530.00 3.8% 

The BCP Council increase shown above for 2020-21 is calculated based on the total BCP Council charge for the Bournemouth area charges for 2019-20 (in this example, £1473.40).

  • £1,473.40 x 3.8% (rounded) = £56.60
  • £1,473.40 x 2% (rounded) = £29.43
  • £56.60 less £29.43 = £27.17

£27.17 is then added to the 2019-20 charge of £1,369.00, to total the 2020-21 charge for the Bournemouth area, £1,396.17

£29.43 is added to the 2019/20 ASC charge of £104.40, to total the 2020-21 charge for ASC in Bournemouth, £133.83

If you experience any difficulty in paying your Council Tax, please contact us on 0345 034 4569.