Supporting information for Council Tax

Council Tax is your way of helping to pay for many local services like:

  • emergency services
  • rubbish collection
  • libraries
  • schools
  • street lights

Council Tax is charged on the household. It's based on the value of the property and not on what the household earns.

The amount of Council Tax you have to pay depends on which property band your home is in. We will change your final bill if you qualify for any of the Council Tax discounts or exemptions. 

What your Council Tax pays for

Your Council Tax funds a range of services from:

Band D precepts - major preceptors

 Parish/Town 2020/21 2021/22
 Fire  76.36 77.88
 Police 240.58 255.58
 Council  1,496.81 1,541.57


Council Tax explanatory notes

For more information about your Council Tax, please read the explanatory notes.

Budget for the year 2021/22

The following summarises the Budget approved by Full Council on 23 February 2021. For full details, you can view the report.

BCP Council 2021/22 budget

   Expenditure   Income   Net
   £'000  £'000  £'000
 Adult Services  182,835 (65,799)  117,036
 Public Health  19,766 (19,766)  0
 Childrens Services  177,570 (109,474)  68,095
 Environment and Community  98,331 (47,063)  51,268
 Regeneration and Economy  68,960 (49,112)  19,847
 Resources  146,207 (112,903)  33,304
 Transformation Revenue Implications  3,500  0 3,500
 Corporate Priorities  7,186 (950) 6,236
 Net cost of services  704,355 (405,067)  299,286
 Corporate Items  94,115 (178,860)  84,745
 Budget Requirement  798,470 (583,927)  214,541

BCP Council 2020/21 budget

   Expenditure   Income   Net
   £'000  £'000  £'000
 Adult Services  171,585 (60,471)  111,114
 Public Health  19,353 (19,353)  0
 Childrens Services  167,134 (105,197)  61,937
 Environment and Community  83,867 (33,524)  50,343
 Regeneration and Economy  63,979 (57,569)  6,410
 Resources  144,472 (111,689)  32,783
 Transformation Revenue Implications  0  0 0
 Corporate Priorities 1,400 0 1,400
 Net cost of services 651,790 (387,803)  263,987
 Corporate Items  27,546 (74,458) (46,912)
 Budget Requirement  679,336 (462,261)  217,075

Gross expenditure and Council Tax requirement

  2020/21  2021/22
   £'000  £'000
 Gross expenditure  679,336  798,470
 Council Tax requirement  217,075  214,541


Why gross expenditure and Council Tax requirement has changed

The factors behind the change in the gross expenditure and budget requirement and the subsequent effect this has on Council Tax are detailed here:

   Rounded
   £m
 Adult Social Care - growth in demand and cost increases 11.3
 Children's Services - demand and cost increases  10.4
 Other service increases  21.6
 Corporate priorities  5.8
 Transformation programme costs - matched with equivalent income  23.9
 Contingency pay award  1.8
 Collection fund - surplus distribution - mostly offset through drawdown of reserves and government grants  42.3
 Central items 2.0
 Change in Gross Expenditure 119.1
   
 Decrease in Council Tax*  2.5

*Although gross expenditure has increased, much of the increases are matched with increases in income. the reduction in Council Tax income is due to a reduction in the Council Tax base due to the result of COVID-19.

Planned capital spend 2021/22

The below sets out the planned capital spend for BCP Council.

   £'000
 Adult Social Care  1,872
 Childrens Services  9,850
 Environment and Community  20,626
 Regeneration and Economy 86,347
 Resources  6,139
 Total Planned Capital Programme 21/22  124,834
Page last updated: 24 March 2021
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