Guide to council tax 2016/17

Your council tax is collected by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, but the money you pay goes towards the funding of a number of other public service providers in your area. The breakdown of how much of your council tax goes to each service provider is shown on your council tax bill.

The full bill for a band D property in an area without a parish or town council would be £1,408.76 broken down as shown below:

Spend for Band D

Local authority referendums and increases shown on council tax bills

For 2016/17 any increases in the council tax by this council or a major preceptor (County Council, Fire and Police) that exceed the 2015/16 council tax charge by more than a level set by the Government, will trigger a local referendum.

Authority 2015/16 Band D Council Tax
£
2016/17 Band D Council Tax
£
Government referendum
limit
Increase/ decrease (£) Increase/ decrease (%)
Hampshire County Council* 1,037.88 1,079.28 4% 41.40 3.99
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire 157.33 160.46 2% 3.13 1.99
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council 104.44 106.42 £5.01 1.98 1.90
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority 61.38 62.60 2% 1.22 1.99

* Hampshire County Council’s council tax includes a new 2% charge for adult social care functions. Further details are available at www.hants.gov.uk/counciltax2016-17.

Please note that for billing purposes only the % increase shown on the bill is rounded to one decimal place. For example 1.99% will be shown as 2.0%.

How much is our share of the council tax?

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council's share of the council tax pays for a range of services, including bin collection, recycling, planning and building control, community safety, housing services, street cleansing, grass cutting, environmental health, licensing, car parking, leisure, sport, culture and the arts.

Households in the borough not living in a parish will pay £106.42 council tax at band D for services provided by the borough council - that is 29p per day.

Those living in rural areas may pay an additional sum to cover the services provided by their town or parish council. The borough council has agreed to pay a grant of up to £1,100 to each parish council. Parish councils needing more can raise the extra through council tax. If this applies to you, details of the amount your parish council requires to be raised through council tax will be shown on your bill.

Under £2 a year rise in borough's council tax

The borough council collects council tax from residents, but over 90% of this money goes to other public service providers, including Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, as well as parish and town councils.

Despite a reduction in central government funding, the council plans to invest more in services and improving the area while only increasing its part of the council tax by less than £2 a year for an average household.

Frontline services will be protected and an extra £1.7 million will be invested into priorities including innovative plans to support homeless people and those at risk of losing their homes, as well as securing the Basingstoke Festival in 2016.

But the main grant that the council gets from the government towards running its services has been cut by over a third - nearly £800,000 - for this year. Despite this the council has put up its part of the council tax by only £1.98 per year for the average household. This is due to a balanced package of measures including finding £734,000 of efficiency savings, building on £7.7 million of savings made over the last five years and increasing income with only an average inflation-linked rise in fees and charges.

Increases in charges have been kept as low as possible with free parking increased to an hour in the council's short stay car parks in Basingstoke.

Almost £12 million of larger ticket items will be funded by the council's capital programme from April 2016, including more money for disabled people needing adaptions to their homes and improvements to community and leisure facilities and environmental and heritage schemes.

The council is also planning to use more of the government grant it gets for each new home built in the borough towards investing in ensuring infrastructure and new facilities are in place when major new developments are built.

Budget changes

There are reasons other than inflation why our budget and therefore the amount required from council tax has to change.

The table below shows the major changes to income and expenditure between 2015/16 and 2016/17.

  £'000
Last year's council tax requirement (year to 31 March 2016) 6,437
Removal of last year’s one-off funded spending -450
Removal of last year’s one-off funding of business rates deficit 1,227
Inflation 561
Service demand and improvements 1,044
Spending on identified service priorities for the coming year 1,746
Increase in income from property rents -234
Reduction in income from investments 300
Extra income from services (including fees and charges) -486
Efficiency and budget savings -734
Reduction in revenue support grant from the Government 798
Increase in other grants and contributions income -343
Increase in the amount of retained business rates income -255
Increase in the annual amount set aside for future spending -2,932
This year’s council tax requirement (year from 1 April 2016) 6,679

Spending on our services

For 2016/17 our council tax requirement is £6,678,900. This is broken down as shown below:

2015/16
NET
£'000
Service costs (this includes running costs and charges relating to the use of assets, such as buildings and vehicles used to provide services) 2016/17
NET
£'000
9,697 Cultural and related services (includes parks, recreation and sport) 10,168
8,257 Environmental Services (includes waste collection, street cleansing, community safety and environmental health) 8,336
4,307 Planning and development services (includes building control) 4,833
2,099 Highways, roads and transport services (includes car parking) 911
3,826 Housing services (includes housing benefit payments) 4,533
2,342 Central services to the public (includes local tax collection) 2,034
4,951 Corporate and democratic core (includes costs associated with councillors and corporate activities) 5,225
0 Strategic budgets to be released (includes Town Centre Programme, Transport Strategy and other strategic projects) 1,240
35,479 Net cost of services 37,280
   General income and funding  
-12,996 Income from our property (mostly in rents from commercial buildings) -12,783
-3,500 The interest we get from our investments -3,200
-11,043 Income from grants and contributions -9,617
4,877 Contribution to reserves (money set aside to pay for future service spending on specific items) 1,945
-6,380 Removal of charges relating to the use of assets, such as buildings and vehicles used to provide services (as these are not charged to council tax) -6,946
6,437 Council tax requirement 6,679

The figures above exclude the parishes' budget requirements of £1.2 million.

Where do we get the money from to fund the services?

The services we provide for the borough are not just paid for by council tax.

The total funding we get is shown below:

Money to fund the services

What this means for a band D council tax payer

Most of the information given in this leaflet refers to council tax in a band D property in an area without a parish council. The total charge for the borough council for a band D council tax payer is shown below.

2015/16   2016/17
£2,358.92 Gross expenditure on services £2,186.38
-£2,254.48 Less: income and use of reserves -£2,079.96
£104.44 Council tax requirement (met by council tax payers) £106.42

To find out your council tax charge for this year and for previous years, see our webpage - council tax charges.

Capital spending

As well as day-to-day costs, the council also spends money on assets with a lasting value (for example, new buildings, major maintenance work and vehicles). This is known as capital spending.

The table below shows planned expenditure on major schemes included in the council’s capital programme for 2016/17. This investment will create new facilities or improve, or look after, existing ones for the people of the borough.

Capital schemes 2016/17 £'000
Operational land and buildings 2,610
Local infrastructure fund 1,800
Housing renewal grants 1,586
Operational vehicles, plant and equipment 1,108
Alternative investment strategy 1,000
Affordable housing 1,000
Community facilities 715
Play area improvements 320
Transport infrastructure schemes 300
Parking and access schemes 300
Town centre improvements 255
Parks and open spaces 241
Community improvement and technology infrastructure schemes 175
Sports facilities 158
Investment property 115
Future cemetery provision 100
Other schemes (under £100k) 179
Total 11,962

Want to know more?

If you want to find out more about the council's plans and finances, all are available on the council's website, by clicking on the links below:

You can request copies by emailing customer.services@basingstoke.gov.uk, by calling the customer service centre on 01256 844844 or from the Civic Offices in London Road, Basingstoke.

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