Budget

Budget and council tax requirement 2021/22

We estimate that our total revenue spending for 2021/22 will be £412 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
2020/21 2021/22
£000 £000
Spending on Council services 367,378 388,239
Contingencies 9,818 8,251
Contribution to reserves 500 7,384
Net Deficit on the Collection Fund 0 7,884
Revenue spending 377,696 411,758
Fees & charges 74,843 74,623
Service specific grants 159,270 172,389
General government grants 66,064 75,363
Business rates income 20,587 20,545
Contribution from reserves 370 11,794
Net Surplus on the Collection Fund 703 0
Income 321,837 354,714
Blackburn with Darwen council tax requirement 55,859 57,044
Council tax base (number of chargeable dwellings) 35,577.54 34,938.16
Basic amount of council tax £1,570.07 £1,632.71
How money is spent on services
How money is spent on services

Council tax 2021/22

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 was offered in 2020/21 (a maximum of 2%), and again for the 2 years 2021/22–2022/23 (a maximum of 3% over 2 years), in recognition of the continued growing demand for adult social care, which is an increasing pressure on council budgets.

In 2021/22, Blackburn with Darwen Council has increased council tax by 3.99%, of which 2% (£1.097 million) is to be spent exclusively on the delivery of Adult Social Care (ASC). The remaining increase of 1.99% is within the current general referendum threshold of 2%.

Council Tax increases
Band D Council Tax Previous year’s Band D General increase % General increase £ ASC precept % ASC precept £ Total increase % Total amount £ Amount shown on bill
Blackburn with Darwen Adult Social Care Total
2016/17 1,266.85 1.99% 25.22 2% 25.34 3.99% 1,317.41 1,292.07 25.34 1,317.41
2017/18 1,317.41 1.99% 26.22 3% 39.52 4.99% 1,383.15 1,318.29 64.86 1,383.15
2018/19 1,383.15 2.99% 41.36 3% 41.49 4.99% 1,466.00 1,359.65 106.35 1,466.00
2019/20 1,466.00 2.99% 43.83 0% 0.00 1.99% 1,509.83 1,403.48 106.35 1,509.83
2020/21 1,509.83 1.99% 30.04 2% 30.20 3.99% 1,570.07 1,433.52 136.55 1,570.07
2021/22 1,570.07 1.99% 31.24 2% 31.40 3.99% 1,632.71 1,464.76 167.95 1,632.71

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)
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 (ASC precept) £111.96 £130.63 £149.28 £167.95 £205.27 £242.59 £279.91 £335.90
Blackburn with Darwen Council – amount to fund all services £976.51 £1,139.26 £1,302.02 £1,464.76 £1,790.26 £2,115.77 £2,441.27 £2,929.52
Blackburn with Darwen Council - total £1,088.47 £1,269.89 £1,451.30 £1,632.71 £1,995.53 £2,358.36 £2,721.18 £3,265.42
Lancashire Police £150.97 £176.13 £201.29 £226.45 £276.77 £327.09 £377.42 £452.90
Lancashire Combined Fire Authority £48.18 £56.21 £64.24 £72.27 £88.33 £104.39 £120.45 £144.54
Total payable in areas with no Parishes £1,287.62 £1,502.23 £1,716.83 £1,931.43 £2,360.63 £2,789.84 £3,219.05 £3,862.86
Total payable in the following areas:
Eccleshill £1,304.96 £1,522.46 £1,739.95 £1,957.44 £2,392.42 £2,827.41 £3,262.40 £3,914.88
Livesey £1,293.13 £1,508.65 £1,724.17 £1,939.69 £2,370.73 £2,801.77 £3,232.82 £3,879.38
North Turton £1,299.83 £1,516.47 £1,733.10 £1,949.74 £2,383.01 £2,816.29 £3,249.57 £3,899.48
Pleasington £1,291.39 £1,506.62 £1,721.85 £1,937.08 £2,367.54 £2,798.00 £3,228.47 £3,874.16
Tockholes £1,314.24 £1,533.27 £1,752.31 £1,971.35 £2,409.43 £2,847.50 £3,285.59 £3,942.70
Yate and Pickup Bank £1,302.38 £1,519.44 £1,736.50 £1,953.56 £2,387.68 £2,821.80 £3,255.94 £3,907.12
Darwen Town Council £1,296.60 £1,512.70 £1,728.80 £1,944.90 £2,377.10 £2,809.30 £3,241.50 £3,889.80