Council tax financial information 2021-22
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. We keep less than 10% of the council tax that you pay.
Your Guildford Borough council tax increase is 2.9% or £5 per year, resulting in a band D charge of £181.82, or less than 50p 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 2021-22. We believe that this continues to offer value for money for the borough's residents.
We have received no general government grant since 2018 and only keep less than 5% of the business rates we collect in the borough. Our other income consists of property investment income, car parking and income from sports facilities and other service fees.
Despite streamlining and modernising our services to become more efficient through our Future Guildford programme, which enables us to save £4.9million a year in 2021-22 compared to our spend two years ago, like many organisations the Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our finances.
It's important that we continue with our forward-thinking approach through our new finance and saving strategy and so do need to review the level of services we can afford to provide to the community in the future. To aid this review we have recently undertaken a public consultation and will take your views into account in any decisions we make. For more information about our budget and the services we provide, go to our council budgets and spending page.
Despite the financial pressures, we are prioritising essential services and making borough-wide improvements that benefit local people and support our economy. We are investing in services to address climate change, housing and infrastructure which will feature in our next corporate plan to be published later in 2021. Through our capital programme we are focusing on regeneration schemes to deliver housing on brownfield land.
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 can be found 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 document details their expenditure and council tax requirement.