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 its expenditure on adult social care from 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 It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20.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. For 2021/22, this was approved on 10 February 2021. 

Your 2021/22 Council Tax bill explained

As part of harmonisation, BCP Council has increased Council Tax for the Bournemouth area by 0.8%.

Your bill shows two 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 0.8%.

Example - Band D Property

The following example shows how the percentages have been calculated for 2021/22 based on a Band D property.

Band D example
Detail on bill2020/21Detail on bill 2021/22% age increase
BCP Council Bournemouth area £1,396.17 BCP Council  £1,409.15 1.9% (rounded) 
Adult Social Care precept £133.83 Adult Social Care Precept  £132.42 -0.1% charge 
BCP Council Bournemouth area Total £1,530.00 BCP Council - Total   £1,541.57 0.8% 

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