Guide to council tax

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 £1,560.58 broken down as shown below:

Band D breakdown

Local authority referendums and increases shown on council tax bills

For 2018/19 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 2017/18 Band D Council Tax
£
2018/19 Band D Council Tax
£
Government referendum
limit
Increase(£) Increase(%)
Hampshire County Council
(including Adult Social Care)
1,133.10 1,200.96 6%* 67.86 5.99
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire 165.46 177.46 £12.01 12.00 7.25
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council 111.42 116.42 £5.01 5.00 4.49
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority 63.84 65.74 3% 1.90 2.98

* Hampshire County Council’s referendum threshold compromises 3% for adult social care functions and 3% for other expenditure.

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 as 3.0%.

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 £116.42 council tax at band D for services provided by the borough council - that is 32p 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.

Despite a continued backdrop of financial challenges including a 58% cut in the main government grant RSG (Revenue Support Grant), a 34% cut in New Homes Bonus, rising costs and low interest rates, 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 £4.6 million by 2022, building on savings of more than £11.2 million over the last nine 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 2018/19 is estimated at £82.5 million.

This includes £53.9 million on major projects such as £18.2 million Basing View and £35.7 million Manydown, thereby providing new facilities, attracting investment and generating additional income to support frontline services.

Increases in charges have been kept as low as possible, with small increases in parking charges helping to fund an ambitious scheme of improvements, and a continuing commitment to offer an hour’s free parking in the council’s short stay car parks in Basingstoke.

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 2017/18 and 2018/19.

  £'000
Last year's council tax requirement (year to 31 March 2018) 7,061
Removal of last year’s one-off funded spending -809
Inflation 926
Additional spending on identified service priorities for the year 1,142
Service demands and improvements 1,266
Efficiency and budget savings -1,306
Additional income from services (including fees and charges) -655
Additional income from property investment strategy -821
Reduction in new homes bonus grant from the Government 970
Reduction in revenue support grant from the Government 426
Increase in business rates received -539
Reduction in collection fund deficit (business rates) -427
Increase in collection fund surplus (council tax) -25
Decrease in specific grants 32
Increase in capital expenditure funded from revenue 413
Increase in the annual amount set aside for future spending -193
This year’s council tax requirement (year from 1 April 2018) 7,461

Spending on our services

For 2018/19 our council tax requirement is £7,460,800. This is broken down as shown below:

2017/18
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) 2018/19
NET
£'000
2,030 Leader (includes corporate management, economic development, and emergency planning) 2,072
6,355 Housing, Regeneration, Arts and Heritage 6,675
984 Digital Innovation and Inclusion (includes housing benefit payments) 1,174
5,023 Communities and Community Safety (includes car parking, and sport and recreation) 5,896
3,140 Finance, Service Delivery and Improvement (includes local tax collection) 3,290
8,547 Planning and Infrastructure (includes parks and open spaces, building control, planning development, and highways maintenance and improvement) 8,787
-54 Property and Development -54
10,011 Regulatory Services and the Environment (includes costs associated with councillors, street cleansing, and waste collection, and environmental health) 10,321
570 Strategic budgets to be released (includes top of the town, transport strategy and other strategic projects) 583
36,606 Net cost of services 38,744
   General income and funding  
-12,277 Income from our property (mostly in rents from commercial buildings) -12,626
-2,750 The interest we get from our investments -2,700
-6,576 Income from grants and contributions -6,139
-1,284 Contribution to/(from) reserves (money set aside to pay for future service spending on specific items) -1,064
-6,658 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) -8,754
7,061 Council tax requirement 7,461

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:

Where do we get our money from

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 or town council. The total charge for the borough council for a band D council tax payer is shown below:

2017/18   2018/19
£2,103.46 Gross expenditure on services £2,070.91
-£1,992.04 Less: income and use of reserves -£1,954.49
£111.42 Council tax requirement (met by council tax payers) £116.42

To find out your council tax charge for this year and for previous years, visit 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 2018/19. This investment will create new facilities or improve, or look after, existing ones for the people of the borough.

Capital schemes 2018/19 £'000
Manydown development 35,680
Basing View Regeneration scheme 18,237
Invest to Grow Fund (loans to developers) 10,000
Waste contract vehicle financing 5,030
Local Infrastructure Fund 2,918
Operational land and buildings 1,778
Future S106 (Developers contributions funded schemes) 1,580
Housing Renewal grants 1,365
Borough Development Schemes 1,000
Sports facilities 774
Operational vehicles, plant and equipment 655
Parking improvements 610
Transport infrastructure schemes 600
Green initiatives 462
Community facilities 385
Buckskin Flood Alleviation Scheme 250
Parks, open spaces and allotments 218
Investment property 212
Future cemetery provision 205
Play area improvements 197
Environmental renewal schemes 111
Other schemes (under £100k) 179
Total 82,446

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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