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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 It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019/20.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. For 2021/22 this was approved on 10 February 2021.

Your 2021/22 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 change set by BCP Council.

From this year, BCP Council has harmonised Council Tax across the whole area. This means that for the Christchurch area there is no change to the overall level of Council Tax. However, in order to achieve harmonisation your bill this year will show slightly different figures from last year which are an increase of 0.1% (rounded) for general expenditure and a reduction of 0.1% (rounded) for the Adult Social Care precept. 

The government introduced legislation and guidance setting out how the Adult Social Care precept is calculated and shown on Council Tax bills.  

The percentage increase 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 an increase of 0.1% (rounded).

The percentage increase for the Adult Social Care precept 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 0.1% (rounded).

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 bill2020/21 bill  Detail on bill2021/22 bill% age change

BCP Council

£1,407.57

BCP Council £1,409.15 0.1% (rounded)

Adult Social Care Precept

£134.00 Adult Social Care Precept £132.42 -0.1% (rounded)
BCP Council - Total £1541.57 BCP Council - Total £1,541.57 0.0% (rounded)

The BCP Council increase shown above for 2021/22 is calculated based on the total BCP Council charges for 2020/21 (in this example, £1541.57). 

The BCP Council reduction is calculated as follows:

  • £1,541.57 x 0.1% (rounded) = £1.58.

This amount is then added to the 2020/21 BCP Council charge of £1407.57:

  • £1407.57 (last year's BCP Council charge) + £1.58 (this year's increase) = £1409.15 (2021/22 BCP Council charge).

The Adult Social Care reduction shown above for 2021/22 is calculated based on the total BCP Council charges for 2020/21 (in this example, £1541.57).

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

  •  £1,541.57 x 0.1% (rounded) = £1.58.

This amount is then deducted from the 2020/21 Adult Social Care Precept of £134.00 as this is an accumulated charge:

  • £134.00 (last year's Adult Social Care charge) - £1.58 (this year's reduction) = £132.42 (2021/22 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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