Budget

Budget and council tax requirement 2020/21

We estimate that our total revenue spending for 2020/21 will be £378 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:

Detailed breakdown of how the council requirement is calculated
2019/20 2020/21
£000 £000
Spending on Council services 381,674 367,378
Contingencies 4,152 9,818
Contribution to reserves 753 500
Net Deficit on the Collection Fund 0 0
Revenue spending 386,579 377,696
Fees & charges 70,217 74,843
Service specific grants 177,060 159,270
General government grants 53,234 66,064
Business rates income 30,843 20,587
Contribution from reserves 2,113 370
Net Surplus on the Collection Fund 510 703
Income 333,977 321,837
Blackburn with Darwen council tax requirement 52,602 55,859
Council tax base (number of chargeable dwellings) 34,839.53 35,577.54
Basic amount of council tax £1,509.83 £1,570.07
How money is spent on services
How money is spent on services

Council tax 2020/21

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).

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. In December 2016, a further announcement confirmed 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” i.e. up to and including 2019/20.

This flexibility to increase council tax levels above the general referendum threshold has been offered again for 2020/21 in recognition of the continued growing demand for adult social care, which is an increasing pressure on council budgets.

In 2020/21, Blackburn with Darwen Council has increased council tax by 3.99%, of which 2% (£1.074 million) is to be spent exclusively on the delivery of Adult Social Care. The remaining increase of 1.99% is within the current general referendum threshold of 2%.

Note: “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 A Up to £40,000 Band B £40,001 to £52,000 Band C £52,001 to £68,000 Band D £68,001 to £88,000 Band E £88,001 to £120,000 Band F £120,001 to £160,000 Band G £160,001 to £320,000 Band H Over £320,000
Precepting authorities
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 £91.03 £106.21 £121.37 £136.55 £166.89 £197.23 £227.58 £273.10
Blackburn with Darwen Council – amount to fund all services £955.68 £1,114.96 £1,274.25 £1,433.52 £1,752.08 £2,070.65 £2,389.20 £2,867.04
Blackburn with Darwen Council - total £1,046.71 £1,221.17 £1,395.62 £1,570.07 £1,918.97 £2,267.88 £2,616.78 £3,140.14
Lancashire Police £140.97 £164.46 £187.96 £211.45 £258.44 £305.43 £352.42 £422.90
Lancashire Combined Fire Authority £47.24 £55.11 £62.99 £70.86 £86.61 £102.35 £118.10 £141.72
Total payable in areas with no Parishes £1,234.92 £1,440.74 £1,646.57 £1,852.38 £2,264.02 £2,675.66 £3,087.30 £3,704.76
Total payable in the following areas:
Eccleshill £1,251.86 £1,460.50 £1,669.15 £1,877.79 £2,295.08 £2,712.36 £3,129.65 £3,755.58
Livesey £1,240.43 £1,447.16 £1,653.91 £1,860.64 £2,274.12 £2,687.59 £3,101.07 £3,721.28
North Turton £1,247.04 £1,454.87 £1,662.72 £1,870.55 £2,286.23 £2,701.90 £3,117.59 £3,741.10
Pleasington £1,239.68 £1,446.28 £1,652.91 £1,859.51 £2,272.74 £2,685.96 £3,099.19 £3,719.02
Tockholes £1,260.13 £1,470.14 £1,680.18 £1,890.19 £2,310.24 £2,730.27 £3,150.32 £3,780.38
Yate and Pickup Bank £1,249.68 £1,457.95 £1,666.24 £1,874.51 £2,291.07 £2,707.62 £3,124.19 £3,749.02
Darwen Town Council £1,243.60 £1,450.85 £1,658.13 £1,865.39 £2,279.93 £2,694.45 £3,108.99 £3,730.78