The money collected through council tax helps pay for a proportion of Devon County Council services for more than 773,000 people in the Devon county area.
For 2017/18, for an average band D property, the Council Tax charge from DCC will be £1,267.92 (£1,207.62 in 2016/17). This is an increase of 4.99% or £60.30, of which 3% or £36.23 relates to additional funding of adult social care. This 3% for adult social care equates to just over £10.2 million.
However, in 2017/18 government funding (core funding) for the County Council will reduce by £23.3 million from £151.6 million in 2016/17 to £128.3 million in 2017/18.
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 the adult social care precept is shown on the Council Tax bill
Council Tax bills for 2017/18 are showing a 3% increase next to the adult social care component. The adult social care component has been increased by 3% of the overall Devon County Council charge in 2017/18. The increases in Council Tax attributable to adult social care for both 2016/17 and 2017/18 are added together to show the total amount of your Council Tax bill that relates to the adult social care component in 2017/18. More information and an explanation of how the adult social care component is calculated can be found here.
How your Council Tax is spent
Devon County Council plans to spend £1,199 million (gross) this year (£1,177 million 2016/17) on providing services to more than 773,000 people in Devon. £841 million (£842 million 2016/17) 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 2017/18 of £358 million (£336 million 2016/17).
Within these figures is £0.509 million (£0.463 million 2016/17) relating to the Environment Agency Flood Defence Levy. This levy supports gross expenditure of £35.0 million (£39.9 million 2016/17). The total local levy raised has increased by 10%.
More information about our spending plans for 2017/18 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 an additional “precept” on its council tax for financial years from 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” at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.