Guide to council tax 2019/20

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.

The full bill for a band D property in an area without a parish or town council would be £1,627.46 broken down as shown below:

Council tax graph showing breakdown of full bill for Band D 2019-20

Local authority referendums and increases shown on council tax bills

For 2019/20 any increases in the council tax by this council or a major preceptor (County Council, Fire and Police) that are equal to or more than the relevant referendum threshold set by the Government, will trigger a local referendum.

Further details are available at https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/budgetspendingandperformance.

Please note that for billing purposes only the percentage increase shown on the bill is rounded to one decimal place. For example 2.99% will be shown at 3.0%.

Authority 2018/19
Band D
Council Tax
£
2019/20
Band D
Council Tax
£
Government
Referendum
Limit
Increase (£) Increase (%)
Hampshire County Council
(including Adult Social Care)
1,200.96 1,236.87 3% 35.91 2.99
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire 177.46 201.46 £24.01 24.00 13.52
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council 116.42 121.42 £5.01 5.00 4.29
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority 65.74 67.71 3% 1.97 2.99

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 living in an area without a parish and town council will pay £121.42 council tax at band D for services provided by the borough council - that is 33p per day.

Those living in rural areas may pay an additional sum to cover the services provided by their town or parish council. 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.

Balanced budget measures mean just 10p a week council tax rise

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

Over the past 5 years, this council has suffered a 70% reduction in the level of revenue support grant and New Homes Bonus received from the government and the level of this grant income will be £5 million lower in 2019/20 compared to 2014/15. There also remains continued pressure on the council’s expenditure due to inflationary cost increases, increased demand for services, the impact of partner organisations responses to austerity measures and very low interest rates reducing interest income.

However, the council maintains its vow to protect vital frontline services, to support those in need and to improve residents’ quality of life.

To help achieve this, the council have a balanced package of measures, which only increase its part of the council tax by 10p extra a week for an average household.

The measures also include continuing efficiency savings. The council has a target of finding another £3.1 million by 2023, building on savings of more than £12.5 million over the last ten years.

The council continues to invest in major projects, in order to lay strong foundations for the long-term future of the borough. The capital programme for 2019/20 is estimated at £63.4 million

This includes £39.0 million on major projects such as £31.9 million for Manydown Development, and £7.1 million on Basing View Regeneration. In addition, a further £10 million set aside for Invest to Grow schemes, and £5.4 million on Property Investment Strategy (balance of the £25 million earmarked), thereby providing new facilities, attracting investment and generating additional income to support frontline services.

All of these measures will mean that the council is able to continue to invest in the community, to support those most in need and to spend the highest amount per head on services of all districts in Hampshire, despite the lowest council tax in Hampshire.

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 2018/19 and 2019/20.

  £'000
Last year's council tax requirement (year to 31 March 2019) 7,461
Removal of last year's one-off funded items (907)
Inflation 808
Additional spending on identified service priorities for the year 705
Service demands and improvements 942
Efficiency and budget savings (1,195)
Additional income from services (including fees and charges) (788)
Additional investment / property Income (431)
Increase in new homes bonus grant from the Government (253)
Reduction in revenue support grant from the Government 305
Increase in business rates income (319)
Increase in collection fund deficit (business rates) 1,590
Decrease in specific grants from Government 34
Decrease in capital expenditure funded from revenue reserves (2,356)
Decrease in use of revenue reserves to fund capital 2,356
Decrease in net contributions from other revenue reserves 34
This year's council tax requirement (year from 1 April 2019) 7,986

Spending on our services

For 2019/20 our council tax requirement is £7,985,648. This is broken down as shown below:

2019/20
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) 2020/21
NET
£'000
2,072 Leader (includes corporate management, economic development, and emergency planning) 1,911
6,675 Housing, Regeneration, Arts and Heritage 6,763
1,174 Digital Innovation and Inclusion (includes housing benefits payments) 985
5,896 Communities and Community Safety (includes car parking, and sport and recreation) 4,997
3,290 Finance, Service Delivery and Improvement (including local tax collection) 3,370
8,787 Planning and Infrastructure (includes parks and open spaces, building control, planning development, and highways maintenance and improvements) 7,903
(54) Property and Development (80)
10,321 Regulatory Services and the Environment (includes costs associated with councillors, street cleansing, and waste collection, and environmental health) 10,665
583 Strategic budgets to be released (includes top of the town, transport strategy and other strategic projects) 0
38,744 Net cost of services 36,514
  General income and funding  
(12,626) Income from our property (mostly in rents from commercial buildings) (12,536)
(2,700) The interest we get from our investments (3,044)
(6,139) Income from grants and contributions (4,782)
(1,064) Contribution from reserves (money set aside to pay for future service spending on specific items) (1,030)
(8,754) 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) (7,136)
7,461 Council tax requirement 7,986

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

The services we provide for the borough are not just paid for by the council tax. The total funding is shown below:

Council tax total funding graph 2019-20

What this means for a band D council tax payer

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

2018/19   2019/20
£2,070.91 Gross expenditure on services £1,970.61
(£1,954,49) Less: income and use of reserves (£1,849.19)
£116.42 Council tax requirement (met by council tax payers) £121.42

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

Capital spending

Capital schemes 2019/20 £'000
Manydown Development 31,934
Invest to Grow Fund 10,000
Basing View Regeneration Scheme 7,043
Property Investment Strategy 5,390
Operational land and buildings 1,687
Operational vehicles, plant and equipment 1,523
Home Improvement Financial Assistance 1,455
Local infrastructure fund 1,323
Sports facilities 926
Parking Improvements 630
Community facilities 338
Play area improvements 294
Parks, open spaces and allotments 256
Investment Property 113
Environmental renewal schemes 107
Community Safety 100
Green Initiatives 100
Infrastructure improvements on Council owned land 100
Other schemes (under £100k) 76
Total 63,395

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 contact centre on 01256 844844 or from the Civic Offices, London Road, Basingstoke.

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