Adult Social Care precept

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 and 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.

Your 2019/20 Council Tax bill explained

As part of harmonisation, BCP Council has increased Council Tax for the Poole area by 2.99% (rounded to 3%).

Your bill shows 2 percentage changes for BCP Council, one for the part of the overall change attributable to general expenditure, and one for the part attributable to the adult social care precept.

The government introduced legislation and guidance setting out how the Adult Social Care precept is calculated and shown on council tax bills.  

The percentage increase for the BCP element is calculated on the combined total of the Borough of Poole and Adult Social Care charges from last year’s bill and is an increase of 2.99% (3% rounded).

As there is no increase for the Adult Social Care element, the percentage shown is 0.00%. 

Example - Band D property

The following example shows how the percentages have been calculated for 2019-2020 based on a Band D property.

 Detail on bill   2018-2019 bill  Detail on bill   2019-20 bill  % Age increase 
 Borough of Poole  £1,298.14  BCP Council  £1,339.99  3.0% (rounded)
 Adult Social Care precept  £101.54  Adult Social Care Precept  £101.54  0%
 Borough of Poole - Total  £1,399.68  BCP Council - Total  £1,441.53  


The BCP Council increase shown above for 2019-20 is calculated based on the total Borough of Poole charges for 2018-19 (in this example, £1399.68).

  • £1,399.68 x 2.99% = £41.85

The amount is then added to the 2018-19 Borough of Poole charge of £1,298.14:

  • £1,298.14 (last year's Borough of Poole charge) + £41.85 (this year's increase) = £1,339.99 (2019-20 BCP charge)

N.B. If you calculate the increase as a percentage of the  Borough of Poole amount included in the footnote on your bill this will be 3.2% but as illustrated above the calculation is based on the 2 figures in the footnote added together.

If you experience any difficulty in paying your Council Tax, please contact us on 0345 0344659.

Page last updated: 22 May 2019
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