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Council Tax and budgets

Council Tax and budgets

Find out how to pay Council Tax to your local district Council and how we use the money.

We continue to listen to what is important to our residents and these priorities as well as responding to demands in services are reflected in our budget.

We are funding a record 拢49 million extra for adults and children鈥檚 social care to protect the most vulnerable in our society.

At the same time, we are investing in the things that residents tell us are important and need improving, such as better roads and pavements, tackling congestion and improving public transport.

While the level of council tax is increasing by 4.99% this year due to pressures in demand led services,  the level of our council tax to one of the lowest of any County Council in the country. The increase is equivalent to 拢1.41 per week for a Band D property.

Total Spend in 2024/2025

  • Adult Social Care, Public Health and communities 拢386尘
  • Children's Services (including schools) 拢408尘
  • Economy, Infrastructure, Environment and Transport 拢145尘
  • Corporate Services, including finance, legal and cost of borrowing 拢77尘
  • Total Spend: 拢1,016m

In response to what you have told us, we are investing

  • a total of 拢34m to improve roads
  • 拢6m to improve pavements
  • 拢20.2m on walking and cycling improvements including Hampton and Kepax Bridges 
  • 150,000 trees planted to develop sustainable woodlands
  • 拢4.6m to improve street lighting
  • 拢53m on cutting congestion which includes maintenance and improvements to our roads 
  • 拢306m to support those who need Adult Social Care 
  • 拢135m to improve the lives of children and young people
  • 拢78m to support people to live independently for longer through Public Health and Communities

Where the money comes from to pay for the 2024 to 2025 Budget

The majority of the Council鈥檚 funding is from Council Tax income and the County area is allowed to keep up to 50% of the business rate growth collected in 香港六合彩资料图库 since the introduction of the Business Rates Retention Scheme in April 2013.

The cost of providing our services in 2024 to 2025, net of specific grants and use of one-off reserves, is 拢425.5 million which has increased by 拢24.7 million from the previous year.  Significant cost pressures in respect of inflation and increases in the demand and cost of providing services for children鈥檚 and adult social care and home to school transport are the main reasons for this increase, some of which are significantly higher than the general rate of inflation or the income we receive from which is essentially fixed in from council tax and government funding.

Summary of net budget for 2024/2025

  • 拢168m - Adult social care, Public Health and Communities 
  • 拢97m - Children鈥檚 Services
  • 拢76m - Economy and Infrastructure 
  • 拢35m 鈥 Home to School Transport
  • 拢57m - Support services including finance and legal 
  • 拢433m - Total cost of services
  •  (拢8m) -  less use of reserves
  • 拢425m - Net Budget Requirement
     

How to pay your Council Tax

Each Council Tax year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Before the start of each Council Tax year, your district council will send you a single bill which details the amount of Council Tax you owe. 

You will not receive a separate bill from 香港六合彩资料图库 County Council for its portion of your Council Tax.

Find more details of the Council Tax billing and collection arrangements for each district council:

Contact District Council

Council tax bands

You can check your council tax band via the  page.

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