Supporting information for Council Tax

We have produced a guide which has more information about BCP Council's first year. This highlights some of the council's key decisions and successes, including the recently agreed Corporate Strategy and Delivery Plans, whilst explaining the background to the creation of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

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  2019/20  2020/21
 Fire  74.87  76.36
 Police  230.58  240.58
 Council  1,441.53  1,496.81


Council Tax explanatory notes

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

Budget for the year 2020/21

The following summarises the first BCP Council budget approved by Full Council on the 18 February 2020. For full details, you can view the report.

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 84,119  -33,524 50,595
 Regeneration and Economy 65,127 -57,569 7,558
 Resources 144,472 -111,689 32,783
 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


BCP Council 2019/20 budget

   Expenditure   Income   Net
   £'000  £'000  £'000
 Children's Services  163,671  (102,729)  60,942
 Adult Social Care  164,473  (56,099)  108,374
 Public Health  19,353  (19,353)  0
 Places/Environment & Economy  158,274  (108,481)  49,793
 Corporate  201,665  (168,301)  33,364
 Coroners Court Service  292  0 292 
 Apprenticeship Levy  565  0 565
 Net cost of services  708,293  (454,963)  253,330
 Corporate Items  27,016  (70,734)  (43,718)
 Budget Requirement  735,309  (525,697)  209,612


Gross expenditure and Council Tax requirement

  2019/20  2020/21
   £'000  £'000
 Gross expenditure  735,309  679,336
 Council Tax requirement  209,612  217,075


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 11.00
 Children's Services - demand and cost increases  3.00
 Other Service Increases  6.00
 Corporate Priorities  1.40
 Government Funding Reductions  1.10
 Pay Award  3.00
 Central Items  0.30
 Business Rates Income  -1.00
 Collection Fund - Surplus Distribution  -1.20
 Social Care Funding  -6.70
 Service Savings  -9.40
 Reduction of service budgets including removal of recharges and reduction in Housing Benefit spend  which has a corresponding reduction in income  -63.50
 Change in Gross Expenditure  -56.00
   
 Increase in Council Tax  7.50


Planned capital spend 2020/21

   £'000
 Adult Social Care  1,127
 Childrens Services  13,754
 Environment and Community  40,009
 Regeneration and Economy 50,089 
 Resources  706
 Total Planned Capital Programme 19/20  105,685
Page last updated: 06 March 2020
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