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Budget and council tax requirement 2016/17

We estimate that our total revenue spending for 2016/17 will be £396.1 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:

  2015/16 2016/17
  £000 £000
Spending on Council services 393,418 386,099
Contingencies 1,916 362
Contribution to reserves 0 0
Net Deficit on the Collection Fund 0 0
Revenue spending 395,334 386,461
Fees & charges 65,831 67,202
Service specific grants 191,482 187,192
General government grants 70,067 61,638
Business rates income 22,773 22,928
Contribution from reserves 2,983 3,217
Net Surplus on the Collection Fund 325 359
Income 353,461 342,536
     
Blackburn with Darwen council tax requirement 41,873 43,925
     
Council tax base (number of chargeable dwellings) 33,052.90 33,341.72
     
Basic amount of council tax £1,266.85 £1,317.41
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Council tax 2016/17

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 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 addition, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government made an offer to adult social care authorities in his letter of 17 December 2015 (see footnote).

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to increase its relevant basic amount of council tax for the financial year beginning in 2016 by an additional 2% without holding a referendum, to assist it in meeting expenditure on adult social care functions. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of setting this additional increase each year up to and including 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 threshold of 4% (comprising 2% for expenditure on adult social care and 2% for other expenditure), for adult social care authorities. These authorities may therefore increase their relevant basic amount of council tax up to this percentage in 2016 without holding a referendum.

In 2016/17, Blackburn with Darwen Council has increased council tax by 3.99%, of which 2% (£845,000) is to be spent exclusively on the delivery of Adult Social Care.

Footnote: "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)
Precepting authorities Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band 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
BwDBC – amount to be spent exclusively on supporting the delivery of Adult Social Care £16.89 £19.71 £22.52 £25.34 £30.97 £36.60 £42.23 £50.68
BwDBC – amount to fund all services  £861.38  £1,004.94  £1,148.51  £1,292.07 £1,579.20  £1,866.33  £2,153.45  £2,584.14
BwDBC - total £878.27 £1,024.65 £1,171.03 £1,317.41 £1,610.17 £1,902.93 £2,195.68 £2,634.82
Lancashire Police £108.15 £126.17 £144.20 £162.22 £198.27 £234.32 £270.37 £324.44
Lancashire Combined Fire Authority £43.67 £50.94 £58.22 £65.50 £80.06 £94.61 £109.17 £131.00
Total payable in areas with no Parishes £1,030.09 £1,201.76 £1,373.45 £1,545.13 £1,888.50 £2,231.86 £2,575.22 £3,090.26
Total payable in the following areas:
Eccleshill £1,046.86 £1,221.32 £1,395.81 £1,570.28 £1,919.24 £2,268.18 £2,617.14 £3,140.56
Livesey £1,035.36 £1,207.91 £1,380.47 £1,553.03 £1,898.15 £2,243.27 £2,588.39 £3,106.06
North Turton £1,041.41 £1,214.96 £1,388.54 £1,562.10 £1,909.24 £2,256.37 £2,603.51 £3,124.20
Pleasington £1,033.87 £1,206.16 £1,378.48 £1,550.79 £1,895.42 £2,240.03 £2,584.66 £3,101.58
Tockholes £1,052.51 £1,227.91 £1,403.34 £1,578.75 £1,929.59 £2,280.42 £2,631.26 £3,157.50
Yate and Pickup Bank £1,045.31 £1,219.51 £1,393.74 £1,567.95 £1,916.39 £2,264.82 £2,613.26 £3,135.90
Darwen Town Council £1,039.10 £1,212.27 £1,385.46 £1,558.64 £1,905.01 £2,251.37 £2,597.74 £3,117.28

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