Guide to council tax 2015/16

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 bill.

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 £104.44 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.

The full bill for a band D property in an area without a parish or town council would be £1,361.03 broken down as shown below

Council tax charges 2015 16 pie chart

Local Authority Referendums and increases shown on council tax bills

For 2015/16, any increases in the council tax by this council or a major preceptor (county council, fire and police), of 2% or more than the 2014/15 charge, will trigger a local referendum. Basingstoke Council, Hampshire County Council and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority have not increased their council tax in 2015/16. The Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire has increased its council tax by £3.07 (at band D) equating to 1.99%, which is below the referendum threshold. Although for billing purposes only, this is shown as 2% due to rounding requirements.

What we did over the last year

Some of the achievements and highlights of the 2014/15 year:

  • Work started on the combined Waitrose supermarket and John Lewis at home store in Basing View.
  • New mixed plastic recycling banks were installed across the borough, along with more banks to recycle old electrical equipment.
  • Work began on improvements to the M3 junction 6 Black Dam roundabout.
  • Borough residents and visitors driving electric cars are now able to super charge their car following a new charging point being installed in the town’s Central Car Park.
  • The second year of a plan to rejuvenate the town centre and a crackdown on people littering at The Top of the Town started.
  • Community groups, projects and initiatives in South Ham and Buckskin received a funding boost of ‘Your Community, Your Choice’ grants in the area.
  • Visiting Basingstoke town centre became more convenient for cyclists due to the introduction of new bike stands.
  • Improved borough bus service with an evening bus pilot and also a faster service to town began.
  • Community safety patrols in the borough, to keep residents feeling safe will continue.
  • Over 55s in the borough were offered the opportunity to improve their water confidence with free swimming lessons.

No increase in borough council tax

For the year from April 2015, the borough council’s share of the council tax has been frozen at the same level for the fifth year running.

Despite falling government grant and rising costs, the council is allocating an additional £5.7 million for ‘larger price tag’ items aimed at improving the borough, including replacing ageing CCTV cameras and improving transport infrastructure, cemetery provision, green initiatives and community facilities.

The council has also set aside £2 million in order to support increased demand on council services, especially protecting the most vulnerable.

The Council Plan sets out our priorities over the next four years, balancing immediate needs with a focus on delivering essential longer term projects, which will keep Basingstoke and Deane an exceptional borough in which to live, work and relax. The council plan and budget focuses on the things that residents have said are most important to them.

By allocating an additional £634,000 next year and a further £341,000 in future years to support delivery of priorities in the council plan, will mean that money will be earmarked to keep community safety patrollers on the streets, we will continue the drive to make Basingstoke’s historic heart a more vibrant place and continue specialist welfare support for those struggling financially.

Spending on our services

For 2015/16 our council tax requirement is £6,437,200. This is broken down as shown below:

Service costs (this includes running costs and charges relating to the use of assets, such as buildings and vehicles used to provide services)
2014/15 NET
£'000
2015/16 NET
£'000
Cultural and related services (includes parks, recreation and sport) 10,117 9,697
Environmental services (includes waste collection, street cleansing, community safety and environmental health) 8,174 8,257
Planning and development services (includes building control) 4,442 4,307
Highways, roads and transport services (includes car parking) 1,700 2,099
Housing services (includes housing benefit payments) 4,343 3,826
Central services to the public (includes local tax collection) 2,394 2,342
Corporate and democratic core (includes costs associated with councillors
and corporate activities)
4,802 4,951
Net cost of services 35,972 35,479
General income and funding    
Income from our property (mostly in rents from commercial buildings) -12,856 -12,996
The interest we get from our investments -3,500 -3,500
Income from grants and contributions -9,602 -11,043
Contribution to reserves (money set aside to pay for future service spending
on specific items)
2,349 4,877
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) -6,013 -6,380
Council tax requirement 6,350 6,437

The figures above exclude the parishes' budget requirements of £1.1 million

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 2014/15 and 2015/16.

  £'000
Last year's council tax requirement (year to 31 March 2015) 6,350
Removal of last years one-off funded spending -833
Removal of last years one-off funding of business rates deficit -1,660
Inflation 684
Service demand and improvements 336
Spending on identified service priorities for the coming year 634
Increase in income from property rents -249
Extra income from services (including fees and charges) -655
Efficiency and budget savings -917
Reduction in revenue support grant from the Government 964
Increase in other grants and contributions income -627
Increase in the amount of retained business rates income -118
Increase in the annual amount set aside for future spending 2,528
This years council tax requirement (year from 1 April 2015) 6,437

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:
Where do we get the money from to fund the services chart

What this means for a band D council tax payer

  2014/15 2015/16
Gross expenditure on services £2,358.92 £2,218.67
Less: income and use of reserves -£2,254.48 -£2,114.23
Council tax requirement (met by council tax payers) £104.44 £104.44

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 2015/16. This investment will create new facilities or improve, or look after, existing ones for the people of the borough.

Capital schemes 2015/16 £'000
Invest to grow schemes 1,650
Transport infrastructure schemes 1,600
Local infrastructure fund 1,000
Green initiatives 900
Housing renewal grants 900
Operational vehicles, plant and equipment 804
Future cemetery provision 485
Computer replacement programme 427
Community facilities 321
Parking and access schemes 300
Sports facilities 208
Basing View regeneration 205
Play area improvements 199
Investment property 199
Town centre improvements 190
Parks and open spaces 178
Community improvement and technology infrastructure schemes 175
Operational land and buildings 143
Replacement CCTV 115
Other schemes (under £100k) 170
Total 10,169

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 the links below:

You can request copies by emailing customer.service@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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