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Council Tax and how it is spent

Council Tax is the tax you pay to help finance local services - like education, parks and social services. A full Council Tax bill assumes that there are two or more adults living in the property. Anyone living on their own is entitled to a 25% discount of the full amount payable.  

Council Tax bands

The amount of Council tax you have to pay depends on which property band your home is in - though your final bill will be less if you qualify for a Council Tax Support or other reductions. 

View Council Tax Bands.

Each year the Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner uses funds raised from Council Tax to support their services. For more information visit our Police and Fire Council Tax Precepts page.

Where the money is spent

     
 

2018-19

2017-18

 

£,000

£,000

     

Children's and Education Services

71,320

65,246

Adult Social Care

60,545

55,706

Cultural and Related Services

14,338

12,827

Environmental Services

21,809

20,769

Planning and Development Services

3,840

4,133

Highways and Transportation Services

16,387

16,609

Central Services

9,497

6,969

Corporate and Democratic

2,499

2,673

Local Authority Housing

21,194

21,688

Other Housing Services

46,924

51,602

Public Health

7,430

7,520

     

Sub total - Service related expenditure

275,783

265,742

     

Environment Agency Levy

204

199

Interest and investment costs

558

433

Tariff and Levy to central government

13,116

13,089

     

Gross expenditure

289,661

279,463

     

Specific Government Grants

(93,683)

(89,581)

Income related to services

(67,773)

(62,267)

     

Sub total - Service related income

(163,216)

(151,848)

     

General government grants

(4,286)

(4,990)

Revenue Support Grant

(1,725)

(4,878)

Business Rates Local Retention

(27,332)

(27,960)

Interest and investment income

(2,664)

(2,480)

Collection Fund surplus distribution (council tax)

(1,046)

(941)

Collection Fund surplus distribution (business rates)

0

(700)

Tariff and Levy to central government

0

0

     

Gross Income

(200,269)

(193,797)

     
     

Capital charges and financing entries

(9,357)

(10,433)

Contributions to/(from) reserves and contingencies

0

(798)

     
     

Council Tax Requirement

80,035

74,435

     

 

Why The Cost Of Services And Council Tax Requirement Has Changed

  £'000
   
Council Tax Requirement 2017/18 74,435
   
Changes in gross expenditure  
   
Adult Social Services demographic growth and additional costs 2,708
Pay and pension changes 1,466
Children Social Care 236
Other Children's services 394
Combined Bournemouth and Poole Corporate Services -1,818
Reductions due to reduced specific grant funding -4,033
(Children and Education)
Net reductions to Budgets -2,670
Inflation, contractual and waste disposal costs 847
Cost of Financing  Interest on borrowing 199
Reduction in use of reserves 798
  -1,873
Changes in gross income  
   
Reduced Specific Government Grants 5,065
Reduced General Government Grants 442
Reduced Revenue Support Grant 3,153
Increased Business Rates Income -522
Income generated from Services -1,089
Increased Interest and Investment income -80
Decrease in Collection Fund surplus distribution 501
  7,470
   
Changes in Capital charges and financing 3
Changes in use of reserves and contingencies  
   
Council Tax Requirement 2018/19 80,035

 

Spending on major projects

SUMMARY CAPITAL PROGRAMME 2017/18 TO 2020/21  
   
  2018/19
New Spending  £'000
Children's Services 7,237
Adult Social Care 9,243
Housing Areas 2,043
Cultural and related 2,403
Highways, transport, coast protection 12,079
Fleet replacement strategy 1,555
Other 1,220
Total spending on Major Projects (1) 35,780
   
(1) External grants and contributions fund £20.068m of this spending

 

Borrowing

The Council’s borrowing as at 31 March 2017 was £90.5M of which £81.2M

was borrowed from the public works loans board, £1.8M from Salix Finance Ltd and £7.5m from a local authority on a long term basis.

Staff numbers

Staff Numbers (all services)
Full time equivalents 2017/18 2018/19
Budgeted Posts 2,105 2,264

Adult Social Care precept

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.


 

Contact us

Email
svpp@poole.gov.uk

Telephone
0345 034 4569

Text Relay
18001 0345 034 4569

Address
Stour Vallley and Poole Partnership                         PO Box 722                       Poole                                 BH15 2YE