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How the Council Tax bill is calculated 2017-18

Uttlesford District Council collects your Council Tax and put it into a separate fund called the collection fund. We share this fund with Essex County Council, Essex Fire Authority, Police & Crime Commissioner for Essex and the parish and town councils. These components of your council tax are called "precepts".

How Uttlesford District Council calculates and spends Council Tax

The table below shows how much we (Uttlesford District Council) plan to spend on each of our main services. We collect some of this money through Council Tax, but we have two other main sources of income - the New Homes Bonus, Revenue Support Grant and Business Rates Retention.

pdf icon How we work out your Council Tax 2017-18 [67kb]

The table below shows how the movement in our Council Tax requirement reconciles to our budget for 2017/18. Government policies and the state of the national economy affect our spending in general, and also affect some particular services, such as paying benefits.

pdf icon Movement in Council Tax Requirement 2017/18 [112kb]

The Localism Act 2011 has made significant changes to the Local Government Finance Act 1992, and now requires the Council to calculate a Council Tax requirement for the year, not its budget requirement as previously.

Precept levels

Council Tax is calculated using the precept levels set for funds required by Essex County Council, Essex Fire Authority, the Essex Police & Crime Commissioner and the individual town and parish councils together with the Council Tax Requirement set by Uttlesford District Council. The following precept levels have been received.

  • Essex County Council met on 13 February 2017 and set their precept at £40,989,866. This results in a 2017/18 County Council Band D Council Tax of £1,163.70, an increase of £33.57 (2.97%). This increase all relates to the funding of adult social care and there is no increase for the general county fund.
     
  • Essex Fire Authority met on 15 February 2017 and set their precept at £2,431,495. This results in a 2017/18 Fire Authority Band D Council Tax of £69.03, an increase of £1.35 (1.99%) on the previous year.
     
  • The Essex Police & Crime Commissioner ratified their precept on 26 January 2017 at £5,531,888. This results in a 2017/18 Police Authority Band D Council Tax of £157.05, an increase of £4.95 (3.25%) on the previous year.
     
  • The Town & Parish Councils' precepts are detailed in the pdf icon Town and Parish Councils 2017/18 Taxbase and Precepts Summary [74kb] and total £2,885,794. This results in an average Town/Parish Council Band D Council Tax of £81.93, an average increase of £3.01 (3.81%) on the previous year.

 

The total of all precepts levied is therefore £56,873,664. This results in an average total Band D Council Tax of £1,614.64, an increase of £45.68 (2.91%) on the previous year.

 

Summary of average Council Tax bills in Uttlesford

 


Additional information

General Fund Council Tax 2017/18 [238kb] - report to Full Council on 23 February 2017

Council Tax Resolution General Fund Appendix G [94kb] - supporting document to the report to Full Council on 23 February 2017