Council Tax Charges 2017/18

Council Tax

Winchester City Council has agreed that there should be an increase in Council Tax for 2017/18 in order to protect front line services; the Band D Council Tax will increase from £130.65 in 2016/17 to £134.99 for 2017/18 in order to meet the estimates of expenditure for services administered by the Council.

How is each £1 spent?

In 2017/18 it will be: Hampshire County Council – 72.05p, Winchester City Council – 8.58p, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire – 10.52p, Fire Authority 4.06p and Parishes – 4.79p

Priorities

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 non Winchester City Council elements of council tax, please follow the below links:

•Hampshire County Council - www.hants.gov.uk/counciltax2017-18
•Hampshire Fire & Rescue Authority –
http://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

Please see the two documents on Adult Social Care at the bottom of this page for further information. The first document is detailed Questions & Answers that should address questions you may have about the regulations. The second is a hypothetical example of how they should work in practice. Please note that Hampshire County Council has not yet made any decision about its council tax rates for the years after 2017/18.

Any questions regarding the Adult Social Care precept should be directed to Hampshire County Council.