Agenda item

Council Tax 2010-2011 (Agenda Item 5)

The Council is asked to pass a formal resolution on the setting of the Council Tax.

Minutes:

The Director – Governance & Finance (Section 151 Officer) presented this report, highlighting:

 

  • the Special Expenses listed at paragraph 3.3.1; and

 

  • the formal Council Tax Resolutions at paragraphs 3.4.1 and 3.4.2.

 

He also drew attention to Appendix D to the report, which gave a clearer definition of the formal resolutions.

 

At 3.4.2(g), he pointed out that by maintaining the 0% increase, Breckland District Council had retained its record of having the lowest charge for any District Council in England, with many households paying £1.23 per week (or less), for the Breckland-only element of their Council tax. 

 

The other precepting bodies of the Council tax had increased their Council Tax as follows:

 

1.9%  - Norfolk County Council

3%  - Police Authorities; and

2.5% - average Parish Council

 

This meant that the average combined Council Tax would be raised by 1.98% during the Financial Year 2010-2011.  He noted that of the total Council Tax collected, only four pence in every pound would actually be available for Breckland Council’s use. 

 

He concluded by thanking the Officers and Members for their commitment and support during the whole process, as well as during the final preparation of the report.

 

The Deputy Leader commented that he was delighted to see that Breckland District Council proposed to retain the District Council tax at current levels through until 2013.   That said, everyone would no doubt appreciate that current economic uncertainties meant that it was particularly important to approach budgeting with openness and honesty.   At this stage, therefore, these proposals needed to be taken as aspirations, rather than absolute commitments.  Retention of the quality and stability of public services remained a major priority for the Council.  Officers and Members had worked extremely hard, and under difficult circumstances, to produce these figures for this year, and next. 

 

He also reminded everyone that details would be published (including in Breckland Voice), showing how, and where, those who were eligible for help with payments could receive assistance.  Staff in the Contact Centre would be at the front line in terms of giving support and guidance on this. 

 

Later in the meeting a Member congratulated the Chief Executive and Officers for the successful Town & Parish Council forum which had been held that week.  She said that the Chief Executive had given a particularly clear and sensible presentation concerning Breckland’s approach towards Council Tax, and its goal of maintaining the lowest Council Tax in the country for as long as possible.

 

RESOLVED that

 

1)            the Formal Council Tax resolutions for 2010-2011 be approved;

 

2)            the Special Expenses  for 2010-2011, as set out in paragraph 3.3.1 of the report, be approved; 

 

3)      it be noted that the Council has calculated the following amounts for the year 2010-2011 in accordance with regulations made under Section 33(5) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992:-

 

 

(a)

£42,537.73 being the amount calculated by the Council, in accordance with regulation 3 of the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) Regulations 1992 as amended by Statutory Instruments 2003/3012 & 2003/3181 made under the Local Government Act 2003, as its Council Tax base for the year;

 

 

 

 

 

 

(b)

the figures shown in Appendix A to the report, being the amounts calculated by the Council in accordance with Regulation 6 of the Regulations, as the amounts of its Council Tax base for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which one or more special items relate;

 

 

4)  the following amounts be calculated by the Council for the year 2010-2011 in accordance with Sections 32 to 36 of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 as amended: -

 

(a)

£72,213,121

being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 32(2)(a) to (e) of the Act;

 

(b)

£55,545,730

being the aggregate of the amounts which the Council estimates for the items set out in Section 32(3)(a) to (c) of the Act;

 

(c)

£16,667,391

being the amount by which the aggregate at (a) above exceeds the aggregate at (b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 32(4) of the Act, as its budget requirement for the year;

 

(d)

£11,502,566

being the aggregate of the sums which the Council estimates will be payable for the year into its general fund in respect of redistributed non-domestic rates, revenue support grant, reduced by the amount of the sums which the Council estimates will be transferred in the year from its collection fund to its general fund in accordance with Section 97(3) of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 (council tax deficit);

 

(e)

£121.42

being the amount at (c) above less the amount at (d) above, all divided by the amount at (a) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 33(1) of the Act, as the basic amount of its council tax for the year;

 

(f)

£2,440,251

being the aggregate amount of all special items referred to in Section 34(1) of the Act;

 

(g)

£64.05

being the amount at (e) above less the result given by dividing the amount at (f) above by the amount at (a) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 34(2) of the Act, as the basic amount of its council tax for the year for dwellings in those parts of its areas to which no special item relates;

 

(h)

The figures shown in Appendix B to the report, being the amounts given by adding to the amount at (g) above the amounts of the special item or items relating to dwellings in those parts of the Council's area mentioned above divided in each case by the amount at (b) above, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 34(3) of the Act, as the basic amounts of its council tax for the year for dwellings in those parts of its area to which one or more special items relate;

 

(i)

The figures shown in Appendix C to the report, being the amounts given by multiplying the amounts at (g) and (h) above by the number which, in the proportion set out in Section 5(1) of the Act, is applicable to dwellings listed in a particular valuation band divided by the number which in that proportion is applicable to dwellings listed in valuation band D, calculated by the Council, in accordance with Section 36(1) of the Act as the amounts to be taken into account for the year in respect of categories of dwellings listed in different valuation bands;

 

5)  it  be noted that for the year 2010-2011 the Norfolk County Council and Police Authority have stated the following amounts in precepts issued to the Council, in accordance with Section 40 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, for each of the categories of dwellings shown below:-

 

Band

Norfolk County Council

Police Authority

A

£763.38

£127.44

B

£890.61

£148.68

C

£1,017.84

£169.92

D

£1,145.07

£191.16

E

£1,399.53

£233.64

F

£1,653.99

£276.12

G

£1,908.45

£318.60

H

£2,290.14

£382.32

 

    6)  having calculated the aggregate in each case the amounts at (4)(i) and (5) above, the Council, in accordance with Section 30(2) of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, hereby sets the amounts shown in Appendix D to the report as the amount of Council Tax for 2010-2011 of the categories of dwellings shown.

 

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