Council tax financial information 2020-21
In addition to the amount required to meet the spending plans of Guildford Borough Council, your Council Tax 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.
Your Guildford Borough Council Tax increase is 2.9% or £5.00 per year, resulting in a band D charge of £176.82, 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 2020-21. We believe that this continues to offer value for money for borough residents.
We have received no general government grant since 2017-18. We are managing the impact of reduced funding and are continuing our programme of transforming services to make them more efficient and cost effective. We expect to have saved £5.5 million from our transformation programme by 2024.
We are prioritising essential services and making borough-wide improvements that benefit local people and support our economy. We have secured £70 million of inward investment, and plan to invest £166.8 million in our capital programme during 2020-21 for projects that include the Weyside Urban Village and Town Centre street improvements. We are committed to tackling climate change at a local level and changes include the installation of solar panels on Farnham Road multi storey car park, and investment in renewable projects.
We continue to provide practical help for individuals in the Borough. This includes:
Investing over £21 million in four years to deliver 128 new homes, the most recent of which were completed at Siren House on Ladymead
A price freeze in most town centre car parks and more electric vehicle charging points
The introduction of a Council Tax care leaver discount from 1 April 2020, for individuals previously in Surrey County Council care. Details can be found on our Council Tax Care Leaver Discount page
Further details about the expenditure and Council Tax requirement for Guildford Borough Council, Surrey County Council and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey are detailed in the following documents.
Surrey County Council is the 'Adult Social Care Authority' for Surrey and the Secretary of State has made the following statement about this.
The Secretary of State 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 was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional 'precept' on its Council Tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.".
Surrey County Council's charge also includes an element for the Environment Agency's Southern Regional Flood Defence Committee and for Thames Regional Flood Defence Committee. The following documents detail their expenditure and Council Tax requirement.