Guide to council tax 2022/23

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 £1,839.17

Band D breakdown 2022-23 update

Local authority referendums and increases shown on council tax bills

For 2022/23 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 2021/22
Band D
Council Tax
£
2022/23
Band D
Council Tax
£
Government
Referendum
Limit
Increase
(£)
Increase
(%)
Hampshire County Council
(including Adult Social Care)
1,350.45 1,390.86 3% 40.41 2.99
Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire 226.46 236.46 £10.01 10.00 4.42
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council 131.42 136.42 Higher of £5.01 or 2% 5.00 3.80
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Authority 70.43 75.43 £5.01 5.00 7.10

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 £136.42 council tax at band D for services provided by the borough council - that is 37p 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, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire and Isle of Wight 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 24.7% reduction in the level of central government funding. This funding will be £0.89M lower in 2022/23 compared to 2017/18. 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 improve safety, plan for the future, protect and enhance our environment, and strengthen communities.

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 balanced budget for 2022/23 and 2023/24 with a target of finding another £1.22M of savings and additional income by 2025/26, building on savings of more than £17.3M since 2009.

The council continues to invest in major projects, to lay strong foundations for the long-term future of the borough. The capital programme for 2022/23 is estimated at £43.51M.

This includes £22.25M on major projects, consisting of £19.54M on Manydown as part of the scheme to bring up to 3,520 houses in the north of the borough, and £2.71M on the Aquadrome for updated and improved facilities. In addition, the council has a property investment strategy, with a spend of £40.0M over four years (£10.0M in 2022/23) which will ensure that council property investments continue to meet the needs of the business and commercial sector and provide the optimal return on investment to support the delivery of core borough 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 one of the highest amounts per head on services of all districts, despite having one of the lowest council tax levels, 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 2021/22 and 2022/23.

  £M
Last year's council tax requirement (year to 31 March 2022) 8.76
Removal of last year's one-off funded items (1.73)
Inflation 0.97
Additional spending on identified service priorities for the year 3.31
Efficiency and budget savings (0.76)
Additional income from services (including fees and charges) (1.41)
Reduction in interest and investment income 0.16
Increase in new homes bonus grant from the Government (0.16)
Increase in collection fund surplus (council tax) (0.08)
Reduction in grants from the Government 0.96
Decrease in capital expenditure funded from revenue (3.99)
Decrease in use of revenue reserves to fund capital 3.99
Decrease in net contributions to other revenue reserves (0.77)
This year's council tax requirement (year from 1 April 2022) 9.25

Spending on our services

For 2022/23 our council tax requirement is £9,252,468. This is broken down as shown below:

2021/22
NET
£M
Council Plan Priorities (this includes running costs and charges relating to the use of assets, such as buildings and vehicles used to provide services) 2022/23
NET
£M

3.92 Improving Safety 3.84
4.89 Planning for the Future 5.49
4.19 Protecting and Enhancing our Environment 3.96
18.98 Strengthening Communities 17.90
5.05 Fit for the Future 5.57
37.03 Net cost of services 36.76
  General income and funding  
(13.05) Income from our property (mostly in rents from commercial buildings) (13.59)
(2.64) The interest we get from our investments (2.48)
(8.53) Income from grants and contributions (7.12)
4.27 Contribution to/(from) reserves (money set aside to pay for future service spending on specific items) (2.16)
(8.32) 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) (2.16)
8.76 Council tax requirement 9.25

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:

The total funding chart 2022-23 update

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:

2021/22   2022/23
£2,115.14 Gross expenditure on services £1,806.48
(£1,983.72) Less: income and use of reserves (£1,670.06)
£131.42 Council tax requirement (met by council taxpayers) £136.42

To find out your council tax charge for this year and for previous years visit our webpage

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 2022/23. This investment will create new facilities or improve, or look after, existing ones for the people of the borough.

Capital schemes 2022/23 £M
Aquadrome 2.71
Community facilities 1.03
Home improvement financial assistance 1.56
Investment property 0.47
Local infrastructure fund 0.46
Low cost home ownership scheme 0.30
Manydown scheme 19.54
Open space improvements 0.57
Operational land and buildings 1.25
Operational vehicles, plant and equipment 0.60
Parking improvements 0.96
Play area improvements 0.45
Property investment strategy 10.00
Smarter ways of working and digital programme 1.73
Sports facilities 1.18
Other schemes (under £0.5M) 0.70
Total 43.51

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.service@basingstoke.gov.uk, by calling the customer contact centre on 01256 844844 or from the Civic Offices in London Road, Basingstoke. RG21 4AH.

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