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Adult Social Care Precept

The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly).

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

Your 2020/21 Council Tax bill explained

Your bill shows two percentage changes for BCP Council, one for the part of the overall change attributable to general expenditure, and one for the part attributable to the adult social care precept. The percentages show how each element contributes to the overall reduction set by BCP Council.

As part of harmonisation, BCP Council has reduced council tax for the Christchurch area by 5.5% (rounded) for general expenditure and increased the Adult Social Care Precept by 2% which is specifically for Adult Social Care services. This equates to an overall reduction of 3.5% (rounded). The government introduced legislation and guidance setting out how the Adult Social Care precept is calculated and shown on council tax bills.

The percentage change for the BCP Council element (general expenditure) is calculated on the combined total of the BCP Council and Adult Social Care charges from last year’s bill and is a reduction of 5.5% (rounded). The percentage change for the Adult Social Care element is calculated on the combined total of the BCP Council and Adult Social Care charges from last year’s bill and is an increase of 2%.

While we understand this looks different to how other percentage increases are displayed, the bills have been calculated correctly, in accordance with regulations and guidance, and should be paid as requested.

Example – Band D property

The following example shows how the percentages have been calculated for 2019-2020 based on a Band D property.  

Example for a Band D Property
 Detail on bill2019/20 bill  Detail on bill 2020/21 bill% age change

BCP Council

£1,496.27

BCP Council £1,407.57 -5.5% (rounded)

Adult Social Care Precept

£102.03 Adult Social Care Precept £134 2%
BCP Council - Total £1598.30 BCP Council - Total £1,541.57 -3.5% (rounded)

BCP Council percentage change shown above for 2020-21 is calculated based on the total BCP Council charges for 2019-20 (in this example, £1598.30).

The BCP Council reduction is calculated as follows:

  • £1,598.30 x 5.5496% = £88.70

This amount is then deducted from the 2019-20 BCP Council charge of £1496.27:

  • £1496.27 (last year's BCP Council charge) - £88.70 (this year's reduction) = £1407.57 (2020-21 BCP Council charge)

The Adult Social Care increase shown above for 2020-21 is calculated based on the total BCP Council charges for 2019-20 (in this example, £1598.30).

The Adult Social Care Precept percentage change is calculated as follows:

  •  £1,598.30 x 2% = £31.97

This amount is then added to the 2019-20 Adult Social Care Precept of £102.03 as this is an accumulated charge:

  • £102.03 (last year's Adult Social Care charge) + £31.97 (this year's increase) = £134.00 (2020-21 Adult Social Care Precept)

If you experience any difficulty in paying your Council Tax, please contact us on 0345 034 4569.

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