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Council Tax and Business Rates budget information 2019-2020

We spend over £700m per year providing services to local residents.  In 2019-20, over £185m of this will be funded through Council Tax paid by residents of the borough. A further £59m will be funded through business rates paid by companies.  Elements of what you pay will also fund services provided by the Cheshire Fire Authority, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire and local parish and town councils. 

Our priorities will support our residents, communities and economy to thrive and are as follows:

  • all our families, children and young people are supported to get the best start in life
  • vulnerable adults and children feel safe and are protected
  • older people and vulnerable adults are compassionately supported to lead fulfilled and independent lives
  • our neighbourhoods are the cleanest, safest and most sustainable in the country
  • good quality and affordable housing that meets the needs of our diverse communities
  • vibrant and healthy communities with inclusive leisure, heritage and culture opportunities
  • our resources are well managed and reflect the priorities of our residents
  • people are well educated, skilled and earn a decent living
  • our borough is a great place to do business
  • a well connected and accessible borough

Our vision to 2020 is set out in the Council Plan called Helping the Borough Thrive

The following table shows the 2019-20 budget that has been developed to deliver the priorities set out in the plan.

Council budget for 2019-20
     2019-20    2018-19
   Spend (£000s)  Income (£000s)  Net spend (£000s)  Net spend (£000s)
Adult social care and health   163,196  -43,331  119,865  113,962
Children and families  284,826  -234,444  50,382  48,678
Places  114,654  -60,628  54,026  54,151
Housing and revenue account   22,406  -22,406  0  0
Corporate services  50,606  -15,217  35,389  30,907
Housing benefits  96,597  -94,355  2,242  2,411
Capital financing   30,832  -3,911  26,921  20,188
Contingencies   8,746  0  8,746  8,260
Council budget   771,863  -474,292  297,571  278,557
Use of reserves   3,506  -6,000  -2,494  5,766
Corporate grants   0  -45,023  -45,023  -39,180
Revenue support grant   0  -3,286  -3,286  -11,271
Business rates   18,460  -77,046  -58,586  -56,208
Collection fund surplus  0  -3,101 -3,101   -6,079
Council tax requirement  793,829  -608,748  185,081  171,585
Parish precepts  3,767  0  3,767  3,493 
Council tax (including precepts)  797,596  -608,748  188,848  175,078

For further information on our budget:

For information on Cheshire Fire Authority's budget:

For information about the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire's budget:

How your Council Tax is calculated

Your Council Tax pays for services provided by us, Cheshire Fire Authority, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire and where relevant your local town or parish council or charter trustee. The costs shown below represent the average cost charged within the borough. As a result of special expenses the charges in some areas will be slightly higher or lower than the figures shown.

  Spending for the year £m  Less: External funding £m Total cost to council tax payers £m Total cost - Cheshire West and Chester area £m  Cost per band D property £  Average cost per resident £ 
Providing services solely within Cheshire West and Chester:            
Cheshire West and Chester Council 793.829 -608.748 185.081 185.081 1,520.08 547.58
Preceptors providing services across a wider area:            
Cheshire Fire Authority 43.461 -14.377 29.084 9.465 77.74 28.00
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire 182.791 -107.803 74.988 24.405 200.44 72.20

In addition to the figures above, where relevant there is an additional charge for your local town or parish council and/or charter trustee.

Council Tax payable for each property band

Band Property value (1/04/1991)  Ratio Cheshire West and Chester £ Cheshire Fire £  Police & Crime Commissioner £  Council Tax payable £
A Up to £40,000 6/9 1,013.39 51.83 133.63 1,198.85
B £40,001 - £52,000 7/9 1,182.28 60.46 155.90 1,398.64
C £52,001 - £68,000 8/9 1,351.18 69.10 178.17 1,598.45
D £68,001 - £88,000  9/9 1,520.08 77.74 200.44 1,798.26
E £88,001 - £120,000 11/9 1,857.88 95.02 244.98 2,197.88
F £120,001 - £160,000  13/9 2,195.67 112.29 289.52 2,597.48
G £160,001 - £320,000 15/9 2,533.47 129.57 334.07 2,997.11
H Over £320,000  18/9 3,040.16 155.48 400.88 3,596.52

The impact of local precepts (town and parish councils and charter trustees) is excluded from the above table. The special expenses charging policy is included based on the average charge, more information on this is provided below.

Adult social care supplement

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.

The Adult Social Care supplement is a charge to ensure the we can meet the growing demand for adult social care services.In the three years from April 2017, we have been granted the flexibility to increase Council Tax charges by up to 6% to fund Adult Social Care services, with a maximum increase of 3% in any one year. We have considered this flexibility and decided to maintain the adult social care precept at 2% in 2019-20. This will generate additional funding of approximately £3.8m which will be used to meet the rising costs of adult social care as a result of inflation and an ageing population, enable investment in priority areas such as early intervention and prevention, and support the redesign of adult social care and health services.

The increase is calculated as 2% of the previous year’s average Band D charge (excluding parish, Police and Fire precepts).  This means that the Adult Social Care supplement for a Band D property in 2019-20 is £108.56, an increase of £28.96 (calculated as 2% of the 2018-19 average Band D charge of £1,447.83).

Special expenses

We operate a ‘special expenses’ charging policy to ensure fairness and transparency in the way in which services and facilities are provided and charged to local taxpayers. Special expenses adjustments are made in relation to the costs of open access play spaces and Christmas lights as these are provided by us in some parts of the borough but by a local town or parish council elsewhere.  Where the town or parish council delivers the service the local taxpayer pays for that service as part of their local precept (this appears separately on your Council Tax bill). However, if no adjustment is made to the charge, the same individuals will also be contributing to the cost of us providing these services elsewhere in the borough. Without a separately identified special expenses charge, local taxpayers in those areas would therefore be charged twice.

To remedy this, the average charges shown above are lowered to reach a base level charge that everyone would pay. For a band D property the reduction in 2019-20 is £2.90 which results in a base band D charge of £1,517.18 (the deduction/base for other bands varies proportionately in line with the ratio for each band in the table above). This base charge is then supplemented by adding a separate special expenses charge if we provide the relevant services in your area. The amount of the special expenses charge depends on the extent of the relevant functions provided by us in your area. If all relevant services are provided by a town or parish council in your area then your special expenses charge will be nil. 

If the ‘Combined Cheshire West and Chester charge’ shown on the face of your bill is more than the average for your band in the table above this reflects the fact that we provide relatively higher levels of the relevant services in your area.  This policy does not raise any additional income, it merely helps align the charges more closely to those areas that benefit from the services it provides.

Local precepts

Depending on where you live in the borough, your Council Tax bill may also include a charge to fund your local town or parish council or charter trustee.  Town and parish councils and charter trustees who plan to raise in excess of £140,000 from payers in 2019-20 are required to provide a breakdown of their service expenditure, as detailed below

Northwich Town Council
  2019-20 (£) 2018-19 (£)
Gross expenditure 716,140 765,644
Income/use of balance (202,291) (277,081)
Council Tax requirement/precept 513,849 488,563
Band D charge 76.38 75.13
Winsford Town Council
  2019-20 (£) 2018-19 (£)
Gross expenditure 523,852 450,793
Income/use of balance (32,015) (40,533)
Council Tax requirement/precept 491,837 410,240
Band D charge 56.65 48.86
  • Address: Winsford Town Council, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford, CW7 1AH
  • Phone: 01606 593582
  • Email: mail@winsford.gov.uk 
Neston Town Council
  2019-20 (£) 2018-19 (£)
Gross expenditure 446,844 440,960
Income/use of balance (208,720) (217,430)
Council Tax requirement/precept 238,124 223,530
Band D charge 40.82 38.90
Frodsham Town Council
  2019-20 (£) 2018-19 (£)
Gross expenditure 372,752 370,154
Income/use of balance (103,686) (155,121)
Council Tax requirement/precept 269,066 215,033
Band D charge 72.78 59.13
  • Address: Frodsham Town Council, Footman’s Cottage, Castle Park, Frodsham, WA6 6SB
  • Phone: 01928 735150
  • Email: townclerk@frodsham.gov.uk
City of Chester Charter Trustee
  2019-20 (£) 2018-19 (£)
Gross expenditure 212,487 258,984
Income/use of balance (5,000) (5,000)
Council Tax requirement/precept 207,487 253,984
Band D charge 4.37 5.49
Kingsmead Parish Council
  2019-20 (£) 2018-19 (£)
Gross expenditure 185,568 145,118
Income/use of balance (568) (8,484)
Council Tax requirement/precept 185,000 136,634
Band D charge 97.47 74.35

Local levies

Our expenditure for 2019-20 includes two statutory levies payable to external bodies who provide services to the region for flood defence and management of inshore sea fisheries resources.

Local levies
Organisation Gross expenditure 2019-20 £000 Gross expenditure 2018-19 £000 Levy payable by Cheshire West and Chester 2019-20 £000 Levy payable by Cheshire West and Chester 2018-19 £000
Environment Agency (North West Region Flood Defence) 83,428 46,481  228 221
North West Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority 1,312 1,285 96 94

The information on this website forms part of your bill. This information is also available in a printed format. To get your free copy please email counciltax@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

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