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Adult social care precept

Adult social care authorities have been permitted by the government to add an additional amount (a precept) to Council Tax to help them fund adult social care. The government introduced legislation and guidance setting out how the Adult Social Care precept is calculated and shown on Council Tax bills.

Each of the three towns in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole area have applied a different percentage amount to Council Tax bills as part of the wider harmonisation work.

Bournemouth residents

There is an increase in Council Tax for Bournemouth residents by 0.8%.

Your bill shows two 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 Bournemouth area and Adult Social Care charges from last year’s bill and is an increase of 0.8%.

The following example shows how the percentages have been calculated for 2021/22 based on a Band D property.

Percentage increases for Bournemouth residents
Detail on bill2020/21Detail on bill2021/22Increase
BCP Council £1,396.17 BCP Council £1,409.15  1.9% (rounded)
Adult Social Care precept £133.83 Adult Social Care precept £132.42 -0.1% (rounded)
BCP Council Bournemouth area Total £1,530.00 BCP Council - Total £1,541.57 0.8% (rounded)

Christchurch residents

For the Christchurch residents there is no change to the overall level of Council Tax. However, to achieve harmonisation your bill this year will show slightly different figures from last year which are an increase of 0.1% (rounded) for general expenditure and a reduction of 0.1% (rounded) for the Adult Social Care precept.

The percentage increase for the BCP Council element (general expenditure) is calculated on the combined total of the BCP Council and Adult Social Care charges from last year’s bill and is an increase of 0.1% (rounded).

The percentage increase for the Adult Social Care precept is calculated on the combined total of the BCP Council and Adult Social Care charges from last year’s bill and is a reduction of 0.1% (rounded).

While we understand this looks different to how other percentage increases are displayed, the bills have been calculated correctly, in accordance with regulations and guidance, and should be paid as requested.

The following example shows how the percentages have been calculated for 2021/2022 based on a Band D property.

Percentage increases for Christchurch residents
 Detail on bill 2020/21Detail on bill  2021/22Increase 
BCP Council £1,407.57 BCP Council £1,409.15  0.1% (rounded)  
Adult Social Care precept £134.00 Adult Social Care precept £132.42 -0.1% (rounded)
BCP Council Christchurch area Total £1,541.57 BCP Council - Total £1,541.57  None

The BCP Council increase shown above for 2021/22 is calculated based on the total BCP Council charges for 2020/21 (in this example, £1541.57).

The BCP Council reduction is calculated as follows:

  • £1,541.57 x 0.1% (rounded) = £1.58
  • This amount is then added to the 2020/21 BCP Council charge of £1407.57
  • £1407.57 (last year's BCP Council charge) + £1.58 (this year's increase) = £1409.15 (2021/22 BCP Council charge).

The Adult Social Care reduction shown above for 2021/22 is calculated based on the total BCP Council charges for 2020/21 (in this example, £1541.57).

The Adult Social Care Precept percentage change is calculated as follows:

  •  £1,541.57 x 0.1% (rounded) = £1.58.
  • This amount is then deducted from the 2020/21 Adult Social Care Precept of £134.00 as this is an accumulated charge
  • £134.00 (last year's Adult Social Care charge) - £1.58 (this year's reduction) = £132.42 (2021/22 Adult Social Care Precept).

Poole residents 

There’s an increase for the Poole residents of 2.85% (rounded to 2.9%) for general expenditure and by 0.14% (rounded to 0.1%) for the Adult Social Care precept.’
 
The percentage increase for the BCP Council element (general expenditure) is calculated on the combined total of the BCP Council and Adult Social Care charges from last year’s bill and is an increase of 2.85% (2.9% rounded).

The percentage increase for the Adult Social Care element is calculated on the combined total of the BCP Council and Adult Social Care charges from last year’s bill and is an increase of 0.14% (0.1% rounded).

While we understand this looks different to how other percentage increases are displayed, the bills have been calculated correctly, in accordance with regulations and guidance, and should be paid as requested.

The following example shows how the percentages have been calculated for 2021/22 based on a Band D property.

Percentage increases for Poole residents
Detail on bill2020/21Detail on bill2021/22Increase
BCP Council £1,366.48 BCP Council £1,409.15 2.9% (rounded)
Adult Social Care precept £130.33 Adult Social Care precept £132.42 0.1% (rounded)
BCP Council Poole area Total £1,496.81 BCP Council - Total £1,541.57  3.0% (rounded)

The BCP Council percentage increase shown above for 2021/22 is calculated based on the total BCP Council charges for 2020/21 (in this example, £1,496.81).

The BCP Council increase is calculated as follows: 

  • £1,496.81 x 2.85% = £42.67 
  • This amount is then added to the 2020/21 BCP Council charge of £1,366.48 
  • £1,366.48 (last year's BCP Council charge) + £42.67 (this year's increase) = £1,409.15 (2021/22 BCP Council charge).

The Adult Social Care percentage increase shown above for 2021/22 is calculated based on the total BCP Council charges for 2020/21 (in this example, £1,496.81).

The Adult Social Care precept increase is calculated as follows:

  • £1,496.81 x 0.14% = £2.09
  • This amount is then added to the 2020/21 Adult Social Care precept of £130.33 as this is an accumulated charge
  • £130.33 (last year's Adult Social Care charge) + £2.09 (this year's increase) = £132.42 (2021/22 Adult Social Care precept).

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