Council spending is financed by a mixture of central government grants, an element of retained business rates, fees and charges for certain services and the collection of Council Tax. The Council provides over 800 services - from education through to highways and social care - all for an average cost of £25 each week to each household (based on a Band D property). The budget, agreed by Council on Tuesday 14th February 2017, sets out planned changes in spending and income.
In order to help protect frontline services, the Council approved a general Council Tax increase of 1.50% plus a further 2% precept for Adult Social Care. The 2017/18 Bath & North East Somerset Council Tax bill for a Band D property was set at £1,284.33, a £43.43 increase from 2016/17.
Bath & North East Somerset Council also collects the tax required by the Police, Fire Authority and Parishes, although it has no control over the amount set by these bodies, which makes up the total increase. The Police & Crime Commissioner has agreed a 1.99% increase taking their charge to £181.81 for a Band D property, the Fire Authority has agreed a 1.99% increase taking its Band D charge to £69.28 and the average parish charge per Band D property is £37.56 (an increase of 2.07%). The overall average total rise is 3.22%; this brings the overall average bill for a Band D property to £1,572.98.
Council Tax charges for 2017-2018 are available to view in the Council Tax section.
Certification letter for the Bath & North East Somerset use of the 2% Adult Social Care precept applied to Council Tax. Certification Letter PDF
Your Guide to local Council spending and Council Tax 2017-2018 is available to download as a PDF (1,178KB) or view online here:
Additional information is also produced by some Town & Parish Council’s. This applies if we’re collecting £140,000 or more in total on their behalf as part of your Council Tax. If you live in one of these areas the name of the Town/Parish and relevant amount collected is shown on your bill.
Town & Parish Council Precept Leaflets are available to view below:
- Charter Trustees of City of Bath Precept Leaflet 2017-18 (PDF 110KB)
- Keynsham Town Council Precept Leaflet 2017-18 (PDF 698KB)
- Midsomer Norton Town Council Precept Leaflet 2017-18 (PDF 296KB)
- Paulton Parish Council Precept Leaflet 2017-18 (PDF 605KB)
- Peasedown St John Parish Council Precept Leaflet 2017 -18 (PDF 1,435KB)
- Radstock Town Council Precept Leaflet 2017-18 (PDF 920KB)
- Westfield Parish Council Precept Leaflet 2017-18 (PDF 249KB)