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Council Tax - Further information for recipients of Council Tax demands

As required by the Council Tax Demand Notices Regulations.

Annual budget

Annual budget
 Description2019/20
£000
2020/21
£000
 
Expenditure 446,291 453,064
Contributions and contingencies 3,373 9,947
Levies 453 454
Added to balances 4,501 438
 
Gross expenditure - Council services 454,618 463,903
 
Income (389,375) (395,186)
Contributions and contingencies (3,862) (3,866)
Taken from balances (4,543) (4,716)
   
Gross income - Council services (397,780) (403,768)
   
Council Tax requirement 56,838 60,135
   
Number of properties (Band D equivalent) 36,521 37,157
   
Blackpool Council Tax element £1,446.68 £1,477.64
Adult Social Care functions Tax element (see note) £109.63 £140.75
Total Blackpool Council Tax element £1,556.31 £1,618.39
 
Police and Crime Commissioner tax element £201.45 £211.45
Lancashire Combined Fire Authority tax element £69.48 £70.86
Total Council Tax for Band D £1,827.24 £1,900.70

The council's annual budget sets out planned spending on services each year taking account of costs and income. Blackpool Council's budgeted gross expenditure, after taking account of grant funding, business rates income, and other income receivable, results in the level of Council Tax set for 2020/21 shown in the 'Annual Budget' table above.

Where your money goes

Where your money goes
 ServiceExpenditure
%
Expenditure
£m
Children's services 27.3% 123.8
Housing 20.4% 92.6
Adult services 18.3% 82.9
Community and environmental services 11.7% 53.2
Resources 5.8% 26.2
Other * 5.2% 23.4
Public health 4.3% 19.3
Treasury management 3.8% 17.3
Communications and regeneration 3.2% 14.4
Expenditure totals 100.0% 453.1

* Includes the Chief executive's directorate, concessionary fares, governance and partnership services, parking services and subsidiary companies

How the costs have changed

How the costs have changed
Description2020/21
£m
 
Blackpool Council General Fund estimate - net expenditure 2019/20 124.1
Pay-related pressures  2.9
Cost of inflation  1.8
Service developments and demand pressures  9.3
Other 5.6
Budget savings  (19.6)
   124.1
Technical changes - special grants transfer into formula, contributions from reserves and contingencies 18.0
Blackpool Council General Fund estimate - net expenditure 2020/21 142.1

Council Tax bands

Council Tax Bands
 Property valuationProperty valuation bandAnnual Council Tax
£
£40,000 or below 1,267.13
£40,001 to £52,000 1,478.32
£52,001 to £68,000 1,689.51
£68,001 to £88,000 1,900.70
£88,001 to £120,000 2,323.08
£120,001 to £160,000 2,745.46
£160,001 to £320,000 3,167.83
Over £320,000 3,801.40

Precepting authorities 

Further information about Blackpool's precepting authorities, including their Gross Expenditure and Council Tax Requirement, can be found on their websites:

Notes

The increase in the Blackpool Council Tax element for 2020/21 (£30.96 at Band D) is based on 1.99% of the 2019/20 Total Blackpool Council Tax element (£1,556.31 at Band D). The increase in the Adult Social Care functions Tax element for 2020/21 (£31.12 at Band D) is based on 2% of the 2019/20 Total Blackpool Council Tax element. The Total Blackpool Council Tax element comprises the Blackpool Council Tax element plus the Adult Social Care functions Tax element. The overall increase in the Total Blackpool Council Tax element for 2020/21 (£62.08 at Band D) represents 3.99% of the 2019/20 Total Blackpool Council Tax element.

An adult social care authority is able to charge an additional "precept" on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016/17 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 may choose to renew the option of charging this "precept" at an appropriate level in respect of a particular financial year. An adult social care authority will now be able to increase its council tax by up to 2% in 2020/21. In relation to the financial year 2020/21 a referendum threshold of 4% (comprising 2% for expenditure on adult social care and 2% for other expenditure) applies to Blackpool. Blackpool may therefore increase it's relevant basic amount of council tax up to this percentage in 2020/21 without holding a referendum.

[footnote]. “Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 (“adult social care functions”), namely county councils in England, districts 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.