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Council tax financial information 2017-18

Your Council tax bill includes amounts to meet the spending plans of Surrey County Council, Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey and each parish council.

In addition to the amount required to meet the spending plans of Guildford Borough Council, your bill includes sums to meet the plans of Surrey County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey and each parish council. Guildford Borough Council collects the tax for these organisations, but keeps less than 10% of the Council Tax that you pay.

Council Tax Pie Chart

Your Guildford Borough Council Council Tax increase is 3.19% or £5.00 per year, resulting in a band D charge of £161.82, or less than 50 pence per day. We use band D for illustrative purposes, however your home may have a different band. We believe that this continues to offer value for money for the borough's residents wherever they may live.

Our budget

Council Tax is not the only funding for the local services that we provide. However, we face a significant reduction in government grant, increasing demand for our services, plus increased operating costs as supplies and services continue to rise in price. The government assumed that we would increase the Council Tax by £5 per band D property when it assessed the funding we needed for 2017-18. From 2018-19 we will receive no government grant. To produce balanced budgets for future years we continue to review services, increase returns on property assets, and look for new ways to generate income.

We based our budget for 2017-18 on the priorities set out in the corporate plan. We plan to achieve a sustainable future for the borough, and this includes investment in new social housing, town centre infrastructure and transport routes.

At the same time, we continue to deliver essential local services including:

  • collection and recycling of household waste
  • help for those within our community that are less well off
  • protection of the public by licensing and inspecting a variety of traders and activities
  • control of the built environment via planning services
  • maintenance of parks and open spaces.

Council tax and adult social care funding

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities. ("Adult social care authorities" are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district 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.)

The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional "precept" on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this "precept" at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.

For more information on adult social care please see: Surrey County Council's website or contact Surrey County Council on 0300 200 1005.

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency's flood defence work is funded in part by a levy on local councils. Surrey is covered by the agency's Southern and Thames Flood and Coastal Committees. Money is spent on the construction of new flood defence schemes, the maintenance of the river system and existing flood defences, together with the operation of a flood warning system and management of the risk of coastal erosion.

Thames Region

2016-17     Gross expenditure £76,358,000 - levies raised £10,912,000

2017-18     Gross expenditure £98,813,000 - levies raised £11,130,000

Southern Region

2016-17     Gross expenditure £53,263,000 - levies raised £1,260,000

2017-18     Gross expenditure £81,708,000 - levies raised £1,285,000

A change in the gross budgeted expenditure between years reflects the programme of works for both capital and revenue needed by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees to which you contribute. The total Local Levy raised by the Thames committee has increased by 1.99% and for the Southern Committee by 2.0%

For more information on flood defence, please see Environment Agency information and services.

Note: The budget information on this page is published online only and is not routinely sent with each Council Tax bill. However, a hardcopy of this information can be sent to you. To request this, please email your request, along with your address to: ctax@guildford.gov.uk