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Billing Information 2020/21

Council Tax 2020/21

How much do I have to pay?
You will be receiving a letter before April 2020 with your new council tax bill information. In the meantime, you can always check here: pdf icon Council Tax charges for the Year 2020-21 [59kb]

What do you spend it on?

Torridge District Council plans to spend £29.264m (£32.344m 2019/20) this year on providing services. £25.160m (£23.454m in 2019/20) of this comes from income we receive from grants, fees and charges which leaves a Council Tax Requirement of £4.104m (£3.890m 2019/20).

Torridge is pleased to be able to balance its Budget for 2020/21 without any major impacts on the levels of services provided.

This has been achieved by:

  • realising the final savings delivered from the Torridge Transformation Programme. 

  • prudent management and use of the Council's resources

  • continued in year challenge and reduction of spending needs across all services

  • ensuring reserves are to allocated priority areas linking our Service Business Plans to our Strategic Plan

  • careful and considered vacancy management

This is not the end of the story as the Government plans major change to the way Local Government funding is allocated from 2021/22 and we are preparing for the need to make savings and/or generate additional income in the future. 

The graphics below illustrate how Torridge spends its share, and which council gets how much of your council tax.

Council Tax - Who gets What?

Torridge as the billing authority is responsible for collecting Council Tax; however the vast majority of Council Tax collected is on behalf of its Preceptors.

  • Devon County Council

  • Devon and Cornwall Crime Commissioner

  • Devon & Somerset Fire Authority

  • Town & Parish Councils

The percentage of the Council Tax retained by Torridge Council for 2020/21 is 8.5%. Torridge Council Tax for 2020/21 has increased by £5 per Band D Equivalent (3.06%). The value of Council Tax retained by Torridge Council has been in long term decline due to the following factors

Devon County Council has, in recent years, been allowed to raise an additional social care precept which has seen their share of Council Tax rise. Devon County Council increase 2020/21 being £55.17 per Band D Equivalent (3.99%).

  • Town and Parish Council unlike Torridge Council are not subject to referendum limits and have raised their Council Tax by an average of 5.46% in 2020/21; there have been similar increases in recent years.

  • Devon & Cornwall Police Commissioner have been allowed to increase their Band D Council Tax by above inflation in recent years 12.75% in 2019/20 & 4.41% in  2020/21

Band D Council Tax Increases

 

Council Tax Information 2020/21

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority - what they spendhttp://www.dsfire.gov.uk/AboutUs/WhatWeSpend/Index.cfm?siteCategoryId=2&T1ID=11

Devon County Council - https://new.devon.gov.uk/finance-and-budget/council-tax/

Police information: http://www.devonandcornwall-pcc.gov.uk/about-us/what-we-spend/

Statement concerning adult social care funding required by statute

The following wording is required by the Council Tax (Demand Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020:

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 an additional "precept" on its council tax for financial years from 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" at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.

Adult Social Care in Devon

For 2020/21 Devon County Council's precept includes a 2% increase for adult social care.

https://new.devon.gov.uk/finance-and-budget/council-tax/

 


Other useful information about Council Tax can also be found in this section of the Council's website together with information about the new Council Tax Support scheme.