Guide to council tax 2020/21

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 £1,693.22 broken down as shown below:

Band D breakdown

Local authority referendums and increases shown on council tax bills

For 2020/21 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.

Authority 2019/20
Band D
Council Tax
£
2020/21
Band D
Council Tax
£
Government
Referendum
Limit
Increase (£) Increase (%)
Hampshire County Council
(including Adult Social Care)
1,236.87 1,286.28 4% 49.41 3.99
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire 201.46 211.46 £10.01 10.00 4.96
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council 121.42 126.42 £5.01 5.00 4.12
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority 67.71 69.06 2% 1.35 1.99

Please note that for billing purposes only the percentage increase shown on the bill is rounded to one decimal place. For example 3.99% will be shown as 4.0%.

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 living in an area without a parish or town council will pay £126.42 council tax at band D for services provided by the borough council - that is 35p 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 55% reduction in the level of central government funding. This funding will be £4.14M lower in 2020/21 compared to 2015/16. 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 £1.90M in 2020/21, building on savings of more than £13.7 million since 2009.

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 2020/21 is estimated at £39.76M.

This includes £23.92M on major projects such as £15.02M on Basing View Regeneration and £8.90M on Property Investment Strategy, 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 changed.

The table below shows the major changes to income and expenditure between 2019/20 and 2020/21.

  £M
Last year's council tax requirement (year to 31 March 2020) 7.99
Removal of last year's one-off funded items (0.56)
Inflation 0.88
Reduction in pension costs (0.96)
Additional spending on identified service priorities for the year 1.32
Service demands and improvements 0.23
Efficiency and budget savings (1.36)
Additional income from services (including fees and charges) (0.79)
Additional investment/property income (1.33)
Increase in new homes bonus grant from the Government (0.90)
Increase in business rates income (0.07)
Reduction in collection fund deficit (business rates) (1.21)
Reduction in collection fund surplus (council tax) 0.08
Increase in specific grants from Government (0.03)
Increase in capital expenditure funded from revenue reserves 4.42
Increase in use of revenue reserves to fund capital (4.42)
Increase in net contributions from other revenue reserves 5.14
This year's council tax requirement (year from 1 April 2020) 8.43

Spending on our services

For 2020/21 our council tax requirement is £8,425,552. This is broken down as shown below:

2019/20
NET
£M
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
£M
1.91 Leader (includes corporate management, economic development, and emergency planning) 1.99
5.16 Homes and Families (includes housing, homelessness and housing benefits) 4.87
2.61 Borough Development and Improvement (includes sport and recreation and town centre development) 2.88
5.99 Communities, Culture and Partnerships (includes community safety, arts, heritage and events) 6.53
5.86 Finance and Service Improvement (including local tax collection, elections and costs associated with councillors) 4.55
8.67 Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment (includes parks and open spaces, building control, planning development, transportation and highways maintenance and improvements) 8.72
(0.06) Regeneration and Property 0.21
6.37 Environment and Enforcement (includes car parking, street cleansing, waste collection and environmental health) 7.03
36.51 Net cost of services 36.78
  General income and funding  
(12.53) Income from our property (mostly in rents from commercial buildings) (13.11)
(3.04) The interest we get from our investments (3.56)
(4.78) Income from grants and contributions (7.37)
(1.03) Contribution to/(from) reserves (money set aside to pay for future service spending on specific items) 3.50
(7.14) 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) (7.81)
7.99 Council tax requirement 8.43

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:

Funding our services 2020/21

What this means for a band D council tax payer

Most of the information given in this guide 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:

2019/20   2020/21
£1,970.61 Gross expenditure on services £1,971.29
(£1,849.19) Less: income and use of reserves (£1,844.87)
£121.42 Council tax requirement (met by council tax payers) £126.42

Find out your council tax charge for this year and for previous years.

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 2020/21. This investment will create new facilities or improve, or look after, existing ones for the people of the borough.

Capital schemes 2020/21 £M
Basing View Regeneration Scheme 15.02
Property Investment Strategy 8.90
Smarter Ways of Working 1.90
Local infrastructure fund 1.72
Operational vehicles, plant and equipment 1.66
Digital programme 1.65
Home Improvement Financial Assistance 1.40
Operational land and buildings 1.09
Play area improvements 1.06
Manydown scheme investments 0.95
Sports facilities 0.74
Parking improvements 0.69
Other schemes (under £0.5M) 2.98
Total 39.76

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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