West Berkshire Council

Increase in Council Tax for 2018/19

An explanation of how the Council Tax increase works for 2018/19

The following explanation only relates to the West Berkshire element of your Council Tax bill. You can find out more information online relating to the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and Police and Crime Commissioner elements of your bill.

Last year, for 2017/18, the government allowed local councils to increase Council Tax by up to 4.99%:

  • 3% in relation to expenditure on Adult Social Care
  • 1.99% in relation to other expenditure

For this year, 2018/19, the government has advised that local councils can increase Council Tax by up to 5.99%:

  • an additional 3% (to be added on top of the 2% from 2016/17 and 3% from 2017/18) in relation to expenditure on Adult Social Care
  • 2.99% in relation to other expenditure

Further information in relating to the Adult Social Care element was/is provided in the guide enclosed with the annual bills. 

The table below relates to an average Band D property and shows the total amount to date that has been ring fenced for Adult Social Care for example, £106.06. It will be this amount showing on the bill.

YearOpening Band DCouncil Tax increaseAdult Social Care PreceptClosing Band D 
2016/17

£1,263.44

£25.14

(1.99%)

£25.27

(2%)

£1,313.85
2017/18

£1,313.85

£25.64

(1.95%)

£39.42

(3%)

£1,378.91

2018/19

£1,378.91

£41.23

(2.99%)

£41.37

(3%)

£1,461.51
Total 

£92.01

£106.06 

 

The closing Band D charge of £1,461.51 is shown on the Council Tax bill as £1,355.45 for West Berkshire and £106.06 for the Adult Social Care precept.

The amount on your 2018/19 bill shows an increase of 3% for the Adult Social Care precept.

The West Berkshire element is added to the other precepts, including the Police and Fire Services and town and parish council precepts, to give a total charge.

How we show different figures on our bills is largely determined by legislation and we can't change them. We are aware this has caused confusion in the past but hope that this explanation together with the information provided in the Council Tax guide has proved helpful.

If you have any questions regarding the increase of Council Tax, please contact the Council Tax Team.

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