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.