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.
On this page
- How much is our share of the council tax?
- Local Authority Referendums and increases shown on council tax bills
- What we did over the last year
- No increase in borough council tax
- Spending on our services
- Budget changes
- Where do we get the money from to fund the services?
- What this means for a band D council tax payer
- Capital spending
- Want to know more?
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
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)
|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)
|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)
|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
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.
|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|
|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:
What this means for a band D council tax payer
|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|
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|
|Housing renewal grants||900|
|Operational vehicles, plant and equipment||804|
|Future cemetery provision||485|
|Computer replacement programme||427|
|Parking and access schemes||300|
|Basing View regeneration||205|
|Play area improvements||199|
|Town centre improvements||190|
|Parks and open spaces||178|
|Community improvement and technology infrastructure schemes||175|
|Operational land and buildings||143|
|Other schemes (under £100k)||170|
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:
- The Medium Term Financial Plan - giving a breakdown of the council's budget
- The Council Plan - outlining our future priorities and plans
- The Statement of Accounts - detailing our past financial performance
You can request copies by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling the customer service centre on 01256 844844 or from the Civic Offices in London Road, Basingstoke.