Council tax charges

Details of our council tax charges for 2019/20 and where the money goes.

Council tax charges for 2019/20

Our share of the council tax rose by £5.93 a year for a Band D property. This works out to 11p extra a week (2.99%). This is the same percentage increase as last year, which was only the fourth increase in nine years.

This year's increase will generate an extra £186,000 in 2019/20 towards services.

The amount of council tax you pay depends on which valuation band your home is in, how many people live there and if you qualify for council tax support, a discount or an exemption.

Valuation BandRushmoor (£)Hampshire (£)Adult social care (£)Police (£)Fire (£)Total council tax (£)

Adult social care

The amount of council tax set by Hampshire County Council included an extra charge, known as a precept, to be spent exclusively on adult social care services. For a Band D property this is £87.10. Please visit the Adult Social Care Precept web page for more information.

As part of our council tax information, the government has stipulated that we provide the following text about the adult social care precept:

"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".

Adult social care explained

In 2015, the government created the adult social care precept, which allows councils who provide social care to adults to charge an additional amount for council tax from 2016. The precept is part of council tax rather than a specific service charge and therefore it is not linked to whether or not you receive social care services.

As the collecting authority, we collect this precept on behalf of Hampshire County Council, which is responsible for calculating the precept. It is a government requirement that this precept is shown as a separate line on your bill and that the cumulative figure is shown. All billing authorities use a similar methodology nationally.

The precept is considered to be a charge, which accumulates in value over the years from 2016/17 to 2019/20. So for example where a council charged £50 in 2017/18 and £22 in 2018/19, the bill would show the precept as being worth £72 in 2018/19.

The government has produced a pdf icon Questions and answers on council tax [153kb] document and a pdf icon calculations example [127kb] document for councils, which we have included here to help explain the precept.

The adult social care precept has not increased for 2019/20 and remains the same as 2018/19.

Where the money goes

Although Rushmoor Borough Council collects the council tax, we pass nearly 90 per cent of it on to Hampshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

The money we collect helps pay for local services that we, and the other authorities, provide, such as rubbish and recycling collections, street cleaning, education, roads, policing and fire fighting.

A summary of our key spending plans for this year is set out in our leaflet pdf icon Council tax leaflet 2019/20 [1Mb].

More information about how the other authorities spend your money is available on the:

Council tax charges for 2018/19

The table below shows you the council tax charges for the past year.

Valuation BandRushmoor (£)Hampshire (£)Adult social care (£)Police (£)Fire (£)Total council tax (£)
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