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 a "precept" of up to 3% on its council tax for the financial year beginning in 2018 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" in relation to each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019/20.
In relation to the financial year beginning in 2018 the Secretary of State has determined (and the House of Commons has approved) a referendum principle of 6% (comprising 3% for expenditure on adult social care and 3% for other expenditure), for adult social care authorities. These authorities may therefore set council tax up to this percentage in 2018 without holding a referendum.
Calculations shown on your Council Tax bill
Overall for 2018/19, Kent County Council (KCC) has increased its council tax element by 4.993% (5% to 2 decimal places). This equates to £58.86 on a Band D property.
Total KCC precept amount for 17/18 (£1,134.36 + £44.46) £1,178.82
x 4.993% £58.86
Total KCC precept amount for 18/19 (£1,169.64 + £68.04) £1,237.68
The overall increase of £58.86 for 18/19 includes an increase for Adult Social Care. This amount is £23.58 and equates to 2% of £1,178.82. The remaining part is for general functions. This amount is £35.28 and equates to 2.993% of £1,178.82 (3.0% to 2 decimal places).
For more information, visit the Kent County Council website.