This Year's Council Tax Increase Explained
What will the increase in charges pay for?
Council Tax is a charge for local services. Elements of the charge are known as ‘precepts’ and these cover services provided by the police, the fire and rescue service and your Council’s adult social care services.
For a ‘Band D’ property for 2018/19, the Council Tax charge is as follows:
- Council (made up of standard services and adult social care) £1,438.92
- Police £206.58
- Fire £72.70
Giving a 2018/19 total for a Band D property of £1,718.20.
Bournemouth Council’s part of the Council Tax for 2018/19 has been increased by 5.99%.
This 5.99% increase is made up of two parts - a 3% Adult Social Care (ASC) precept and 2.99% towards all other council services.
The adult social care precept
The Secretary of State for Housing, 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 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 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.
This ASC precept is a cumulative figure and for 2018/19, authorities are allowed to increase this charge up to 3%. Therefore, in 2017/18 a Band D precept for Adult Social Care was £63.67 added to the 2018/19 figure of £40.73 resulting in an overall charge of £104.40.