Guide to council tax 2017/18
Your council tax is collected by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council. 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 £1,473.82 broken down as shown below:
Local authority referendums and increases shown on council tax bills
For 2017/18 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.
Band D Council Tax (£)
Band D Council Tax (£)
|Government referendum threshold||Increase/
|Hampshire County Council||1,079.28||1,133.10||5%*||53.82||4.99|
|Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire||160.46||165.46||£5.01||5.00||3.12|
|Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council||106.42||111.42||£5.01||5.00||4.70|
|Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority||62.60||63.84||2%||1.24||1.98|
* Hampshire County Council’s referendum threshold compromises 3% for adult social care functions and 2% for other expenditure.
Further details are available at https://www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/budgetspendingandperformance.
Please note that for billing purposes only the % increase shown on the bill is rounded to one decimal place. For example 1.99% will be shown as 2.0%.
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 and recycling
- planning and building control
- community safety
- housing services
- street cleansing
- grass cutting
- environmental health
- car parking
- leisure and sport
- culture and the arts.
Households in the borough not living in a parish will pay £111.42 council tax at band D for services provided by the borough council - that is 31p 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. The vast majority of this money goes to other public service providers such as:
- Hampshire County Council
- Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority
- Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire
- parish and town councils.
Despite a backdrop of challenges including a 49% cut in the main government grant, rising costs and interest rates dropping to a historic low, the council has vowed to protect vital frontline services, to support those in need and to improve residents’ quality of life.
To help achieve this, the council has 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 2021, building on savings of more than £10 million over the last eight years.
The council will also continue to invest in major projects, in order to lay strong foundations for the long-term future of the borough.
This includes £10 million invested in major projects such as Basing View and 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. There are 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 and support those most in need. It will continue 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 2016/17 and 2017/18.
|Last year's council tax requirement (year to 31 March 2017)||6.679|
|Removal of last year's one-off funded spending||-1,662|
|Additional spending on identified service priorities for the year||1,359|
|Additional service demands and improvements||307|
|Efficiency and budget savings||-817|
|Additional income from services (including fees and charges)||-383|
|Reduction in income from property rents||538|
|Reduction in income from investments||450|
|Reduction in new homes bonus grant from the Government||2,433|
|Reduction in revenue support grant from the Government||693|
|Reduction in collection fund deficit (business rates)||-580|
|Decrease in business rates received||368|
|Decrease in collection fund surplus (council tax)||100|
|Decrease in specific grants||26|
|Decrease in capital expenditure funded from revenue||-431|
|Increase in the annual amount set aside for future spending||-2,798|
|This year's council tax requirement (year from 1 April 2017)||7,061|
Spending on our services
For 2017/18 our council tax requirement is £7,061,500. 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)
|10,168||Cultural and related services (includes parks, recreation and sport)||10,082|
|8,336||Environmental services (includes waste collection, street cleansing, community safety and environmental health)||8,420|
|4,833||Planning and development services (includes building control)||4,821|
|911||Highways, roads and transport services (includes car parking)||1,071|
|4,533||Housing services (includes housing benefit payments)||4,539|
|2,034||Central services to the public (includes local tax collection)||1,862|
|5,225||Corporate and democratic core (includes costs associated with councillors
and corporate activities)
|1,240||Strategic budgets to be released (includes Top of the Town, Transport Strategy and other strategic projects)||570|
|37,280||Net cost of services||36,606|
|General income and funding|
|-12,783||Income from our property (mostly in rents from commercial buildings)||-12,277|
|-3,200||The interest we get from our investments||-2,750|
|-9,617||Income from grants and contributions||-6,576|
|1,945||Contribution to reserves (money set aside to pay for future service spending
on specific items)
|-6,946||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)||-6,658|
|6,679||Council tax requirement||7,061|
Where do we get the money from to fund the services?
The services we provide for the borough are not just paid for by council tax.
The total funding we get 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 council. The total charge for the borough council for a band D council tax payer is shown below.
|£2,186.38||Gross expenditure on services||£2,103.46|
|-£2,079.96||Less: income and use of reserves||-£1,992.04|
|£106.42||Council tax requirement (met by council tax payers)||£111.42|
To find out your council tax charge for this year and for previous years, see our webpage - council tax charges.
As well as day-to-day costs, the council also spends money on assets with a lasting value, including 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 2017/18. This investment will create new facilities or improve, or look after, existing ones for the people of the borough.
|Capital schemes 2017/18||£'000|
|Property Investment Strategy||30,000.0|
|Invest to Grow Fund||7,500.0|
|Basing View regeneration schemes||3,200.0|
|Local infrastructure fund||1,583.7|
|Housing renewal grants||1,550.0|
|Operational vehicles, plant and equipment||1,194.8|
|Operational land and buildings||1,169.5|
|Future borough development schemes||800.0|
|Transport infrastructure schemes||700.0|
|Play area improvements||255.6|
|Parks and open spaces||189.5|
|Investment property re-letting works||185.7|
|Community improvement and technology infrastructure schemes||155.0|
|Future cemetery provision||100.0|
|Other schemes (under £100k)||89.2|
Want to know more?
If you want to find out more about the council's plans and finances, take a look at 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- calling the customer service centre on 01256 844844
- visiting the Civic Offices in London Road, Basingstoke.