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Your Council Tax 2017-18

This page explains how your Council Tax is used to help provide Council services in 2017/2018 and it also explains how your Council Tax bill is calculated.

 

The Council Tax in Bedford Borough includes charges from;

·         Bedford Borough Council

·         Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner

·         Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority

·         The Parish Council (in areas where there is a parish council)

Each charge is shown separately on the Council Tax bill

 

Borough Council’s part of the Council Tax bill.

The Government has assumed that councils will increase their Council Tax bill for 2017/18 in working out how much Government support grant a council will receive in 2017/18.

It has also set limits on the amount by which Council Tax bills may be increased without being approved through a public referendum.

Councils with responsibilities for adult social care, including Bedford Borough Council, cannot increase their Council Tax for 2017/18 by 5% or more (including an increase of up to 3% dedicated to spending on adult social care) unless the increase is approved through a public referendum. Bedford Borough Council will be charging an additional 4.75%, which is within the referendum limit, including 3% for adult social care to make sure this essential service is adequately funded.

All funding raised through this additional 3% increase will be used for providing adult social care.

The Council set its Council Tax at a meeting of the full Council on 22 February 2017. The increase in Council Tax, before adjustments for special area charges, is 4.75%.

The figures below show the change in the average Council Tax charge for the Borough Council’s part of the Council Tax bill. Individual increases will vary slightly from the average rate due to changes in the special area charges that are specific to different parts of the Borough.

 

Average Council Tax Increase

Council Tax charge 2016/17

 

£1,353.43

Council Tax charge for 2017/18 (excluding adult social care charge for 2017/18)

  £1,377.12

Council Tax adult social care charge for 2017/18

  £40.60

Total Council Tax charge 2017/18

 

£1,417.72

Increase

 

£64.29

Percentage increase

 

4.75%

 

Bedford Borough Council Special Area Charges

Each household’s Council Tax bill will vary based upon where you live in the Borough.  Bedford Borough Council provides community centres and parks services in some parts of the Borough that are provided by parish councils in other areas.  An adjustment is made to the average amount of Council Tax for the different areas to ensure that residents are not charged twice for these services.  The figures below shows the total adjustment for each part of the Borough for special area charges (please note the figures in the table are for Bedford Borough Council's part of the Council Tax only - see further details below about the full Council Tax charge) .


 

 

  

Bedford

Urban Area

      

Kempston

Urban Area

     

Brickhill

 Parish

     

Other

Parishes

 

£

 

£

 

£

 

£

Average Council Tax

1,417.72   1,417.72   1,417.72   1.417.72

Deduct Average of Special Area Amount*

-19.32

 

-19.32

 

-19.32

 

-19.32

Special Area Charge

37.22   21.91   21.94   3.27

Band D Council Tax

1,435.62

 

1,420.31

 

1,420.34

 

1,401.67

 

*The average Council Tax is the total Council Tax precept for the Council, including the special area charges, if households in all areas were required to pay the same special area charge.  The average amount relating to special area charges included in this figure is then deducted to work out the Council Tax charge for each area without the special area charge.  The appropriate charge for the services specific to each area funded by the special area charge is then added onto the bill to give the band D Council Tax for each area.

 

Parish Council Costs

The Council Tax bill may also include a Parish Precept, which is the amount requested by the local Town or Parish Council for areas in which there is a town or parish council.  On average the cost of the Parish Council adds £27.49 to a bill for a Band D property.  This is an increase of 32p on last year.

 

Fire and Police Costs

The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Authority are responsible for setting their own level of Council Tax. Their Council Tax figures are then included in the overall Council Tax shown on the bill.

The following figures show where the money comes from to pay for the Borough Council’s net revenue expenditure plus the Band D Council Tax for the Police and Fire Authorities.

The average Council Tax at Band D including the Police and Fire Authorities is £1,704.11 (£1,634.44 in 2016/2017).

 

 2016/2017

 

2017/2018

Increase

 

Council Tax at Band D

 

 

Council Tax at Band D

 

£m

£

 

£m

£

 

130.2

 

   Bedford Borough Net Budget

128.3

 

 

 

 

   Less:

 

 

 

-21.4

 

   Government Grants

-14.6

 

 

-32.1

 

   Retained Business Rates

-31.3

 

 

-2.3

 

   Council Tax Surplus

-1.9

 

 

74.4

1,353.43

   Bedford Borough Council Tax

80.5

1,417.72

4.75%

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.5

27.17

   Parish/Town Council

1.6

27.49

1.18%

  75.9

1,380.59

   Council Tax including  Parish/ Town Councils     

  82.1

1,445.21

4.68%

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.9

162.85

   Bedfordshire Police & Crime Commissioner

9.4

166.09

1.99%

5.0

91.00

   Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Authority

5.3

92.81

1.99%

 

1,634.44

   Total Council Tax

 

1,704.11

4.26%

 

Bedford Borough Council's Budget

The 2017/2018 budget has been set in the context of the continuing financial austerity arising from the Government’s Deficit Recovery Plan and the detailed provisions of the Local Government Finance Settlement. This confirmed that local government faced a continued real-terms reduction in grants with the phasing out of councils' main Revenue Support Grant, in favour of local government retaining 100% of the Business Rates collected to fund its services from 2019/2020.  Grant funding will continue to reduce over the period to 2020 as the Government puts greater emphasis on growth in housing and Council Tax rises to meet the cost of providing services. 

For Bedford Borough Council there was a net cut of £6.8 million in central government funding for 2017/2018.  In setting its budget the Council also has to take into account unavoidable spending pressures such as those arising from increases in external costs due to changes in government policy.

The Council has had to make difficult decisions in order to set a balanced budget and keep Council Tax affordable whilst, as far as possible, protecting front line services.  A total reduction of £7.8 million through savings and efficiencies was included in the budget following consultation with local residents on the changes to front line services. 

In addition, the Council has been able to continue key front line services that matter to residents, and make further investments in adult social care services, as well as continuing free car parking in the town centre.

 

How Council Tax is Spent on Local Services

Bedford Borough Council provides major services such as Education, Social Care, Highways, Waste Collection and Disposal, Housing Benefits and Economic Development. 

A summary of the revenue budget approved by Bedford Borough Council is shown below:

 

 

Gross

Budget

     £ million

Income

Budget

     £ million

Net

 Budget

     £ million

Children’s & Adults’ *

197.8

-115.4

82.4

Chief Executive’s

101.4

-82.3

19.1

Environment & Sustainable Communities

47.8

-22.6

25.2

Sub Total

347.0

-220.3

126.7

Corporate Budgets

11.5

-9.9

1.6

Total for 2017/2018

358.5

-230.2

128.3

 

 

 

 

Total for 2016/2017

374.0

-243.7

130.2

* Including the cost of Local Authority Maintained Schools and associated funding

 

How the Council’s Budget has changed

 

 

Net Budget

£ million

2016/2017 Base Budget (Adjusted)

130.2

Base Budget Adjustments

-2.3

Inflation

1.4

Investments in Services (on-going)

5.9

One off changes to Services

0.9

Service Effiticiencies

-7.8

2017/2018 Budget

128.3

 

Capital Spending

In addition to the revenue budget, the Council has agreed a Capital Programme of £66.0 million for 2017/2018 on new and existing schemes. A summary of capital expenditure is set out below:

 

 

2017/2018

2018/2019  

2019/2020  

   Total  

 

£m

£m

£m

£m

Gross Directorate Budgets

 

 

 

 

Children's and Adults’

31.1

15.8

1.8

48.7

Chief Executive’s

14.5

7.4

2.2

24.1

Environment & Sustainable Communities

20.4

8.3

8.9

37.6

Gross Total

66.0

31.5

12.9

110.4

 

 

 

 

 

Financed by

 

 

 

 

Grants & Contributions

25.8

28.8

11.5

66.1

Revenue

7.0

2.5

4.1

13.6

Capital Receipts

12.0

7.7

6.4

26.1

Borrowing

21.2

-7.6

-9.0

4.6

Total financing

66.0

31.4

13.0

110.4

 

Capital expenditure is financed from grants, contributions, capital receipts, revenue, or borrowing. All capital projects are evaluated to ensure that any resulting ongoing revenue costs are affordable within current Council funding.

 

Further Information

The detailed Revenue Budget and Capital Programme is included in the Council’s ‘Revenue Budget and Capital Programme’, which is published on our website http://www.bedford.gov.uk/

 

Corporate Plan

The Council must spend every pound as efficiently as possible. This may mean providing services in different ways and certainly means the Council must respond to service needs as quickly and effectively as possible.

Bedford Borough Council is working with other public service providers in the region to improve local quality of life and works with its partners, as part of the Strategic Partners Board (the local strategic partnership for Bedford).

The Corporate Plan was reviewed in 2016/17 and the updated Corporate Plan 2017 - 2021 sets out the vision to support people, enhance places, create wealth and enhance communities; and identifies what needs to be done to achieve these goals.

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