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Supporting Information for Council Tax

Where your money goes and a guide to your Council Tax bill

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 2019/202020/21

Fire

74.87

76.36

Police

230.58

240.58

Council

1,598.30

1,541.57

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 Budget approved by Full Council on 18 February 2020. For full details, you can view the report.

BCP Council 2020/21 budget

BCP Council 2019/20 Budget

  ExpenditureIncome 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

BCP Council 2019/20 Budget

  ExpenditureIncome 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) 

 Places/Environment & Economy

158,274 

(108,481) 

49,793 

 Corporate

201,665 

(168,301) 

33,364 

 Coroners Court Service

292 

292 

 Apprenticeship Levy

565 

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

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

A record of bands and charges for BCP Christchurch for 2019/20 is available here.

Planned Capital Spend 2020/21

The below sets out the planned capital spend for the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

Planned Capital Spend 2019/20

  £'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 2020/21

105,685

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