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:
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
|Hampshire County Council
(including Adult Social Care)
|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.
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.
|Last year's council tax requirement (year to 31 March 2018)||7,061|
|Removal of last year’s one-off funded spending||-809|
|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:
|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
|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:
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:
|£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.
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|
|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|
|Operational vehicles, plant and equipment||655|
|Transport infrastructure schemes||600|
|Buckskin Flood Alleviation Scheme||250|
|Parks, open spaces and allotments||218|
|Future cemetery provision||205|
|Play area improvements||197|
|Environmental renewal schemes||111|
|Other schemes (under £100k)||179|
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:
- 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 email@example.com, by calling the customer service centre on 01256 844844 or from the Civic Offices in London Road, Basingstoke.