Council Tax Charges 2019/2020

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

In 2019/2020, the requirement from a band D property for the Borough Council was set at £192.75; For Kent County Council: £1299.42; For Kent Police: £193.15; and for Kent Fire & Rescue Service: £77.76

Information regarding precepting authorities:

Council Tax charges for 2019/2020 for each band, including the amount for parish council (where appropriate)

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

Kent County Council's Council Tax for 2019/20 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.

Special Expenses

Local Services are generally provided by the local Parish/Town Council who have a separate charge on the Council Tax Bill.

The Borough Council also provides some Local Services in some parished areas and all the Local Services in Tonbridge where there is no Parish/Town Council.

Local Services provided by the Borough Council, are paid for by the Special Expenses charge on the Council Tax bill. This means that Local Services are always paid for by local residents whether they live in a parished area or not.