A guide to your council tax bill

Adult Social Care Precept 2019/20

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 as long as the increases do not exceed 6% over the three year period 2017/18 to 2019/20. As Rotherham has increased its Council Tax by 6% for adult social care precepts in the period 2017/18 to 2018/19 it cannot increase its social care precept further in 2019/20.

Accordingly, in 2019/20 there is no new adult social care precept levied. The 3% increase for 2019/20 Council Tax shown against Rotherham Council is actually 2.99% of the total 2018/19 bill including adult social care precepts but with the percentage figures rounded to the next decimal place. The information on how the tax is arrived at, as shown on your Council Tax bill and on this website is how Central Government regulations require us to show it.