The money collected through council tax helps pay for a proportion of Devon County Council services for more than 765,000 people in the Devon county area.
For 2016/17, for an average band D property, the Council Tax charge from DCC will be £1,207.62 (£1,161.27 in 2015/16). This is an increase of 3.99% or £46.35, of which 2% or £23.23 relates to funding of adult social care. This 2% for adult social care will raise just under £6.5 million which is ring-fenced.
Council Tax is collected by your district council and distributed across a number of local public authorities:
- Devon County Council uses Council Tax to provide education, roads, care for older people and people with disabilities, child protection, youth services, libraries and recycling centres and waste disposal
- Your district council uses Council Tax to provide refuse collection, kerbside recycling, housing, planning, street cleaning and leisure
- Devon & Cornwall Police Authority uses Council Tax to provide law and order and crime reduction
- Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority uses Council Tax to provide fire prevention and fire and rescue services
- Your local town and parish councils use Council Tax to provide local amenities.
Your Council Tax band is decided by the listing officer from the Valuation Office and is based on the open market value of a property on 1 April 1991. All properties are placed into one of eight bands and the band for your home will be shown on your bill.
In some cases, a Council Tax bill is decided on the number of adults living in the household.
Devon County Council charge for each band
|Band A||Band B||Band C||Band D||Band E||Band F||Band G||Band H|
The total amount you will pay includes taxes payable to the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, your local district council and in some cases your local parish or town council.
How your Council Tax is spent
Devon County Council plans to spend £1,177 million (gross) this year (£1,165 million 2015/16) on providing services to more than 765,000 people in Devon. £842 million (£848 million 2015/16) of this comes from income we receive from government grants, business rates, fees and charges and distribution of previous year’s surplus of Council Tax which leaves a council tax requirement for 2016/17 of £336 million (£317 million 2015/16).
Within these figures is £0.457 million (£0.416 million 2015/16) relating to the Environment Agency Flood Defence Levy. This levy supports gross expenditure of £39.9 million (£17.9 million 2015/16). The change in the gross budgeted expenditure between years reflects the programme of works for both capital and revenue needed by the Regional Flood and Costal Committee to which Devon County Council contributes. The total local levy raised has increased by 10%.
More information about our spending plans for 2016/17 can be found at Budgets.
Statement concerning adult social care funding required by statute
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has 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 is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge a “precept” of up to 2% on its council tax for the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this “precept” in relation to each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.
In relation to the financial year beginning in 2016 the Secretary of State has determined (and the House of Commons has approved) a referendum principle of 4% (comprising 2% for expenditure on adult social care and 2% for other expenditure), for adult social care authorities. These authorities may therefore set council tax up to this percentage in 2016 without holding a referendum.
Adult social care in Devon
Devon has one of the most elderly population profiles in the country, with people over 75 years of age comprising 11.6% of our population – 3.4 percentage points above the average for England. The Office of National Statistics predicts that the number of people over the age of 75 in Devon will increase by 2.6% next year, rising to 3.5% per year by 2020.
In addition to the demographic and demand pressures, the effect of the National Living Wage will increase costs and is particularly important in the fee rates that we pay for social care.
For 2016/17 Devon County Council’s precept includes a 2% increase for adult social care.