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Budget and council tax requirement 2017/18

We estimate that our total revenue spending for 2017/18 will be £381 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:

 
2016/17
2017/18
£000
£000
Spending on Council services
384,443
375,233
Contingencies
362
3,885
Contribution to reserves
0
1.573
Net Deficit on the Collection Fund
0   
364  
Revenue spending
384,805
381,055
Fees & charges
67,827 
70,674 
Service specific grants
184,911
184,277
General government grants
61,638
59,918
Business rates income
22,928
19,281
Contribution from reserves
3,217
0
Net Surplus on the Collection Fund
359
0
Income
340,880
334,150
 
 
 
Blackburn with Darwen council tax requirement
43,925
46,905
 
 
 
Council tax base (number of chargeable dwellings)
33,341.72
33,911.43
 
 
 
Basic amount of council tax
£1,317.41
£1,383.15
Budget pie chart

Council tax 2017/18

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 the 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 in 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 usual referendum threshold of 2% is offered in recognition of the growing demand for adult social care, which is an increasing pressure on council budgets.

In 2017/18, Blackburn with Darwen Council has increased council tax by 4.99%, of which 3% (£1,340,300) 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
£43.24
£50.45
£57.65
£64.86
£79.27
£93.68
£108.10
£129.72
BwDBC – amount to fund all services
£878.86
£1,025.33
£1,171.82
£1,318.29
£1,611.25
£1,904.20
£2,197.15
£2,636.58
BwDBC - total
£922.10
£1,075.78
£1,229.47
£1,383.15
£1,690.52
£1,997.88
£2,305.25
£2,766.30
Lancashire Police
£110.30
£128.68
£147.07
£165.45
£202.22
£238.98
£275.75
£330.90
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
£1,076.07
£1,255.40
£1,434.76
£1,614.10
£1,972.80
£2,331.47
£2,690.17
£3,228.20
Total payable in the following areas:
Eccleshill
£1,092.73
£1,274.84
£1,456.97
£1,639.09
£2,003.34
£2,367.57
£2,731.82
£3,278.18
Livesey
£1,081.32
£1,261.52
£1,441.75
£1,621.97
£1,982.42
£2,342.84
£2,703.29
£3,243.94
North Turton
£1,086.73
£1,267.84
£1,448.97
£1,630.09
£1,992.34
£2,354.57
£2,716.82
£3,260.18
Pleasington
£1,079.94
£1,259.92
£1,439.92
£1,619.91
£1,979.90
£2,339.87
£2,699.85
£3,239.82
Tockholes
£1,098.91
£1,282.05
£1,465.21
£1,648.36
£2,014.67
£2,380.96
£2,747.27
£3,296.72
Yate and Pickup Bank
£1,090.82
£1,272.62
£1,454.43
£1,636.23
£1,999.84
£2,363.44
£2,727.05
£3,272.46
Darwen Town Council
£1,084.96
£1,265.78
£1,446.61
£1,627.44
£1,989.10
£2,350.74
£2,712.40
£3,254.88

Contact details

Mail Financial Services
Phone Number(s) 01254 585746
Fax Number(s)  
E-mail CorporateFinance@blackburn.gov.uk
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