Budget

Service information

Budget and council tax requirement 2018/19

We estimate that our total revenue spending for 2018/19 will be £385 million. This is for ongoing costs like wages for staff or the running costs and maintenance of buildings.

The difference between the Council’s estimated spending and its anticipated income is known as the council tax requirement, and is the amount of money the Council needs to raise from council tax in order to balance the budget.

The figures below give a more detailed breakdown of how the council requirement is calculated:

  2017/18 2018/19
£000 £000
Spending on Council services
375,233
383,403
Contingencies
3,885
1,286
Contribution to reserves
1.573
0
Net Deficit on the Collection Fund           
364  
          
291  
Revenue spending
381,055
384,980
Fees & charges   
70,674 
69,250
Service specific grants
184,277
184,118
General government grants
59,918
61,589
Business rates income
19,281
19,677
Contribution from reserves
0
0
Net Surplus on the Collection Fund
0
0
Income
334,150
334,634
 
Blackburn with Darwen council tax requirement  
46,905
 
50,346
 
Council tax base (number of chargeable dwellings)
33,911.43
34,341.92
 
Basic amount of council tax
£1,383.15
£1,466.00

Council tax 2018/19

As well as Blackburn with Darwen’s council tax charge, your council tax bill includes the tax for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire and Lancashire Combined Fire Authority. In some areas there is also an amount of council tax payable to a parish or town council. The Council, as “billing authority” then collects the council tax on behalf of itself and the other organisations (the precepting authorities).

Details of the Fire Authority’s budget can be found on their website.

Details of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s budget can be found on their website.

In December 2015, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government gave adult social care authorities the option of being able to increase their relevant basic amount of council tax by an additional 2% without holding a referendum, to assist it in meeting expenditure on adult social care functions. This option was made available for the four years up to and including 2019/20.

The Provisional Local Government Settlement of 15 December 2016 announced that from 2017/18, local authorities responsible for adult social care “will be given the flexibility to use up to 3% above the current referendum threshold solely for adult social care, although the rise for social care must still be no greater than 6% in total over the next three years”. This flexibility to increase council tax levels above the general referendum threshold, which is 3% for 2018/19 (2% in previous years), is offered in recognition of the growing demand for adult social care, which is an increasing pressure on council budgets.

In 2018/19, Blackburn with Darwen Council has increased council tax by 5.99%, of which 3% (£1,425,000) is to be spent exclusively on the delivery of Adult Social Care.“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 (“adult social care functions”), namely county councils in England, districts 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.

Council tax applying to property valuation bands (values at 1 April 1991)
  Band Band Band Band Band Band Band Band
Precepting authorities A B C D E F G H
  Up to £40,000 £40,001 to £52,000 £52,001 to £68,000 £68,001 to £88,000 £88,001 to £120,000 £120,001 to £160,000 £160,001 to £320,000 Over £320,000
Proportion of Band D council tax 6/9 7/9 8/9 9/9 11/9 13/9 15/9 18/9
Blackburn with Darwen Council – amount to be spent exclusively on supporting the delivery of Adult Social Care
£70.90
£82.72
£94.53
£106.35
£129.98
£153.61
£177.25
£212.70
Blackburn with Darwen Council – amount to fund all services
£906.43
£1,057.50
£1,208.58
£1,359.65
£1,661.80
£1,963.95
£2,266.08
£2,719.30
Blackburn with Darwen Council - total
£977.33
£1,140.22
£1,303.11
£1,466.00
£1,791.78
£2,117.56
£2,443.33
£2,932.00
Lancashire Police
£118.30
£138.02
£157.73
£177.45
£216.88
£256.32
£295.75
£354.90
Lancashire Combined Fire Authority
£44.97
£52.47
£59.96
£67.46
£82.45
£97.44
£112.43
£134.92
Total payable in areas with no Parishes
£1,140.60
£1,330.71
£1,520.80
£1,710.91
£2,091.11
£2,471.32
£2,851.51
£3,421.82
Total payable in the following areas:
Eccleshill
£1,157.37
£1,350.27
£1,543.16
£1,736.06
£2,121.85
£2,507.64
£2,893.43
£3,472.12
Livesey
£1,146.11
£1,337.14
£1,528.14
£1,719.17
£2,101.20
£2,483.25
£2,865.28
£3,438.34
North Turton
£1,151.44
£1,343.36
£1,535.25
£1,727.17
£2,110.98
£2,494.80
£2,878.61
£3,454.34
Pleasington
£1,144.32
£1,335.05
£1,525.76
£1,716.49
£2,097.93
£2,479.38
£2,860.81
£3,432.98
Tockholes
£1,164.10
£1,358.13
£1,552.13
£1,746.16
£2,134.19
£2,522.23
£2,910.26
£3,492.32
Yate and Pickup Bank
£1,155.36
£1,347.92
£1,540.47
£1,733.04
£2,118.16
£2,503.28
£2,888.40
£3,466.08
Darwen Town Council
£1,149.42
£1,341.00
£1,532.56
£1,724.14
£2,107.28
£2,490.43
£2,873.56
£3,448.28
​​

Contact details

Mail Financial Services
Phone Number(s) 01254 585746
Fax Number(s)  
E-mail CorporateFinance@blackburn.gov.uk
Extra Information
We use cookies, just to track visits to our website, we store no personal details. Show ACCEPT COOKIES / DECLINE COOKIES option