Council Tax Charges 2016/17

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The Borough Council collects Council Tax not only for its own purposes but also on behalf of Kent Council Council, Kent Police, Kent Fire Rescue Service and Parish Councils. The table showing the overall requirement for Council Tax is available to view.

In 2016/2017, the Borough Council's requirement for a band D property at £192.51 is equivalent to just under 53p per day. For Kent County Council at £1133.55, it is just over £3.10 per day. For Kent Police at £152.15, it is just over 41p a day and for Kent Fire & Rescue Service at £72.00, it is just under 20p a day.

Information regarding precepting authorities:

Statement re: National Social Care Levy (Kent County Council)

Kent County Council's Council Tax for 2016/17 includes the 2% National Social Care Levy, which will be used specifically for demand and cost pressures within adult social care.

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.