Adult Social Care Precept

Each year, the County Council sets its precept, which is the amount of money it requires to be raised via Council Tax. An increase in the precept is presented as a percentage.

In 2016-17 the “Adult Social Care Precept” was introduced by Government as a way for Local Authorities who provide social care to adults to raise additional money for spend on Adult Social Care services. The term “Adult Social Care Precept” therefore simply means money raised through local taxes for spend on Adult Social Care.

This offer allowed councils to increase their Council Tax by an additional 2% without a referendum, and Cambridgeshire County Council elected to make use of this offer in 2016-17. This meant that the 2% increase in your Council Tax bill raised money that was ringfenced to spend on Adult Social Care.

Cambridgeshire County Council has decided to make use of this option again for 2017-18 which accounts for the whole 2% increase in the County Council’s element of Council Tax bills.

How is the increase calculated?

The Adult Social Care Precept is calculated in the same way as an increase on general (unringfenced) Council Tax i.e. the percentage change multiplied by the total Council Tax amount for the previous year.

The total Council Tax amount for the County Council is made up of two parts:

1)      General (unringfenced) Council Tax - this can be spent on any of the services provided by the County Council

2)      Adult Social Care - this can only be spent on Adult Social Care services

Both parts of the total Council Tax are collected by the County Council and are used to deliver services across Cambridgeshire.

Example – Band D property

Cambridgeshire County Council

2016-17 Amount 

2017-18 Increase

2017-18 Amount

Comments

£

£

%

£

 

General (unringfenced)

1,144.26

0.00

2.00%

1,144.26

 

Adult Social Care Precept

22.86

23.31

46.17

The 2% is calculated on the Total Band D in 2016-17

Total Band D

1,167.12

23.31

2.00%

1,190.43

 

 As the County Council applied the Adult Social Care precept in 2016-17, the total amount shown in 2017-18 against Adult Social Care is the 2016-17 element plus the 2017-18 element. For a Band D property, as shown above, this is £22.86 + £23.31 = £46.17.

How is this shown on the Council Tax bill?

The presentation of your Council Tax bill will depend on which district you live in, but the general principles remain the same.

The regulations on presentation of Council Tax bills states that the amount of the total Council Tax amount that is ringfenced to spend on Adult Social Care services must be shown separately. This does not mean, however, that it becomes a separate element. It remains part of the total Council Tax levied by the County Council.

The regulations also state that the percentage change must be presented.

The total percentage change for the County Council is made up of two parts:

1)      The percentage change for raising money that can be spent on any County Council services (i.e unringfenced)

2)      The percentage change for raising money that can only be spend on Adult Social Care services (i.e. ringfenced)

The percentage change that is shown on the Adult Social Care line indicates that the increase in money collected must be spent on Adult Social Care services. It does not just relate to the percentage change in the Adult Social Care Precept portion of the County Council element of your Council Tax. 

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