Council tax financial information 2019-20

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.

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 Tax increase is 3% or £5.00 per year, resulting in a band D charge of £171.82, or less than 50 pence per day. We use band D for illustrative purposes, however your home may have a different band. The government assumed that we would increase the Council Tax by £5 per band D property when it assessed the funding we needed for 2019-20. We believe that this continues to offer value for money for borough residents. 

We have received no general government grant since 2017-18. We predict a budget gap shortfall over the next four years, and continue our programme of transforming services to make them more efficient and cost effective. We are also lobbying the government to try to improve funding. We have saved £11 million in the last 5 years. 

We are investing in our services, local property and environmental and infrastructure improvements to become self-funding and enable future generations to thrive. We plan to invest £76 million in our borough in 2019-20. In addition, we are investing a further £74 million in building a mixture of new affordable housing over the next four years. We have also secured over £28 million inward investment into the borough by working with partners on a range of projects to provide homes and improve travel. 

We continue to provide a wide range of vital, value for money services that local people rely on including:

  • collecting recycling, rubbish and garden waste

  • helping communities and supporting older or vulnerable people

  • looking after public health and making sure our taxis and food outlets are safe

  • supporting and developing our local economy and encouraging tourism

  • making sure our beautiful parks and countryside can be enjoyed by everyone

  • enabling a variety of sports and leisure opportunities for all ages and abilities.

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 an explanation of the 2018-2019 Adult Social Care "precept" calculation, please see our Adult Social Care precept - percentage increase explanation web page.

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

2018-19     Gross expenditure £86,424,000 - levies raised £11,351,000

2019-20     Gross expenditure £112,919,000 - levies raised £11,577,000

Southern Region

2018-19     Gross expenditure £56,160,000 - levies raised £1,349,000

2019-20     Gross expenditure £69,589,000 - levies raised £1,417,000

The majority of funding for flood defence comes directly from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). However, under the new Partnership Funding rule not all schemes will attract full central funding. To provide local funding for local priorities and contributions for partnership funding the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees recommend through the Environment Agency a local levy.

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 Committee to which you contribute.

The total Local Levy raised by the Thames committee has increased by 1.99% and for the Southern Committee by 5.0%

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: