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Adult social care precept

The government has permitted adult social care authorities to add an additional amount — called 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.

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.

This year, BCP Council has frozen council tax attributable to general expenditure and increased the Adult Social Care precept by 4%. 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.

The following example shows how the percentages have been calculated for 2022/23 based on a Band D property.

Precept attribution example on a Band D property
 Detail on bill 2021/22 Detail on bill 2022/23Increase 
BCP Council  £1,409.15  BCP Council  £1,409.15   0.0%
 Adult Social Care precept £132.42  Adult Social Care precept  £194.08  4.0% 
BCP Council Bournemouth area total  £1,541.57   BCP Council - total £1,603.23  4.0% 

The Adult Social Care increase shown above for 2022/23 is calculated based on the total BCP Council charges for 2021/22 (in this example, £1541.57).

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

  •  £1,541.57 x 4.0% = £61.66.
  • this amount is then added to the 2021/22 Adult Social Care Precept of £132.42, as this is an accumulated charge
  • £132.42 (last year's Adult Social Care charge) + £61.66 (this year's increase) = £194.08 (2022/23 Adult Social Care Precept).

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.

If you're having problems with paying your Council Tax bill, please contact us.