Council Tax Charges 2018-19
We have agreed that there should be an increase in Council Tax for 2018/19 in order to protect front line services; the Band D Council Tax will increase from £134.99 in 2017/18 to £138.92 for 2018/19 in order to meet the estimates of expenditure for services administered by the Council.
How is each £1 spent?
In 2018/19 it will be: Hampshire County Council Main Precept – 66.69p, Hampshire County Council Adult Social Care - 5.21p, Winchester City Council – 8.32p, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire – 10.62p, Fire Authority 3.94p and Parishes – 5.22p
In order to meet the challenges of government grant reductions the City Council needs to become self-sufficient in generating funding to ensure that service levels are maintained.
In facing these challenges the Council is concentrating on four main areas:
- Doing things better (transformation savings)
- Finding new ways of generating income (income strategy)
- Using its assets to gain better returns (asset management plan)
- Sharing in wealth created by a vibrant economy (growing the local economy)
This budget continues to progress the Council’s priority to maintain and develop the economic prosperity of Winchester and continuity of essential services.
This information is about the Winchester City Council element of council tax. Your council tax bill also includes amounts for Hampshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority, and, your parish or town council.
For further details relating to the other elements of council tax, please follow the below links:
- Hampshire County Council - Hampshire CC Council Tax 2018-19
- Hampshire Fire & Rescue Authority – www.hantsfire.gov.uk/how-we-are-performing/our-performance/council-tax-information/
- Police & Crime Commissioner - Hampshire - www.hampshire-pcc.gov.uk/counciltax
Adult Social Care funding for Hampshire County Council
The Government requires all councils with adult social care responsibilities to publish the text below on their council tax information webpage:
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has 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.
Adult Social Care Precept on your Council Tax Bill
The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, who are responsible for the legislation, has published some questions and answers about how the adult social care precept is shown on council tax bills. Please note that this is guidance produced for the 2017/18 year and as such the periods that it refers to are relative to that financial year.