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Council Tax and Business Rates budget information 2022-23

We spend over £860m per year providing services to local residents. In 2022-23, almost a quarter of this (over £214m) of this will be funded through Council Tax paid by residents of the borough; a further £62m will be funded through business rates paid by companies. Elements of the Council Tax you pay will also fund services provided by Cheshire Fire Authority, Cheshire Police (through the Police & Crime Commissioner for Cheshire) and local parish and town councils.

Our vision to 2024 is set out in the Council Plan called ‘Play Your Part to Thrive’. 

The following table shows the 2022-23 budget that has been developed to deliver the priorities set out in the Council Plan.

     2022-23    2021-22
   Spend (£000s)  Income (£000s)  Net spend (£000s)  Net spend (£000s)
Adult social care and health   196,212  -51,182  145,030  138,995
Children and families  334,488  -269,246  65,242  60,678
Communities environment and economy  121,200  -59,339  61,861  58,797
Housing revenue account   23,812  -23,812  0  0
Corporate services  56,171  -15,948  40,223  39,230
Housing benefits  94,322  -94,320  2  2
Capital financing   25,314  -4,571  20,743  22,957
Contingencies   11,910  0  11,910  9,175
Council budget   863,429  -518,418  345,011  329,834
Use of reserves   0  -24,556  -24,556  -41,694
Corporate grants   0  -54,456  -54,456  -58,553
Revenue support grant   0  -3,468  -3,468  -3,358
Business rates   18,900  -80,805  -61,905  -60,043
Collection fund surplus/deficit  13,822  0 13,822  37,488
Council tax requirement  896,151  -681,703  214,448  203,674
Parish precepts  4,252  0  4,252  3,988
Council tax (including precepts)  900,403  -681,703  218,700  207,662

For further information on our budget:

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For information on Cheshire Fire Authority's budget:

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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 896.151 -681.703 214.448 214.448 1,709.23 623.72
Preceptors providing services across a wider area 
Cheshire Fire Authority 46.587 -14.631 31.956 10.348 82.48 30.10
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire 228.579 -137.360 91.219 29.539 235.44 85.91

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 1,139.49 54.99 156.96 1,351.44
B £40,001 - £52,000 7/9 1,329.40 64.15 183.12 1,576.67
C £52,001 - £68,000 8/9 1,519.32 73.32 209.28 1,801.92
D £68,001 - £88,000  9/9 1,709.23 82.48 235.44 2,027.15
E £88,001 - £120,000 11/9 2,089.06 100.81 287.76 2,477.63
F £120,001 - £160,000  13/9 2,468.89 119.14 340.08 2,928.11
G £160,001 - £320,000 15/9 2,848.72 137.47 392.40 3,378.59
H Over £320,000  18/9 3,418.46 164.96 470.88 4,054.30

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.

The government is providing a £150 one-off Energy Bills Rebate for most households in council tax bands A-D. More information on this payment will soon be made available on our website.

Adult social care precept

The Secretary of State 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 was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

For 2022-23 the House of Commons has approved an adult social care precept of 1%. We have considered this flexibility and decided to levy an adult social care precept of 1% in 2022-23. This will generate additional funding of approximately £2.6m 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 1% of the previous year’s average Band D charge (excluding parish, Police and Fire precepts). This means that the adult social care precept for a Band D property in 2022-23 is £202.98, an increase of £16.60 (calculated as 1% of the 2021-22 average Band D charge of £1,659.61).

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 Council’s 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 Cheshire West and Chester charges shown above are lowered to reach a base level charge that everyone would pay. For a band D property the reduction in 2022-23 is £2.65 which results in a base band D charge of £1,706.58 (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 council tax 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 for us; 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 local council tax payers in 2022-23 are required to provide a breakdown of their service expenditure, as detailed below:

Northwich Town Council
  2022-23 (£) 2021-22 (£)
Gross expenditure  981,353 762,840
Income/use of balance (439,575) (237,064)
Council Tax requirement/precept 541,778 525,776
Band D charge 76.86 76.86
Winsford Town Council
  2022-23 (£) 2021-22 (£)
Gross expenditure 661,577 629,824
Income/use of balance (27,750) (61,500)
Council Tax requirement/precept 633,827 568,324
Band D charge 69.00 64.50
  • Address: Winsford Town Council, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford, CW7 1AH
  • Phone: 01606 593582
  • Email: 
Neston Town Council
  2022-23 (£) 2021-22 (£)
Gross expenditure 488,308 463,248
Income/use of balance (193,355) (185,064)
Council Tax requirement/precept 294,953 278,184
Band D charge 49.67 47.56
Frodsham Town Council
  2022-23 (£) 2021-22 (£)
Gross expenditure 340,400 376,479
Income/use of balance (165,400) (201,715)
Council Tax requirement/precept 175,000 174,764
Band D charge 46.94 47.55
  • Address: Frodsham Town Council, Footman’s Cottage, Castle Park, Frodsham, WA6 6SB
  • Phone: 01928 735150
  • Email:
City of Chester Charter Trustee
  2022-23 (£) 2021-22 (£)
Gross expenditure 265,730 236,826
Income/use of balance (41,250) (29,665)
Council Tax requirement/precept 224,480 207,161
Band D charge 4.63 4.35
Address: Democratic Services, 1st Floor 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE
Kingsmead Parish Council
  2022-23 (£) 2021-22 (£)
Gross expenditure 204,587 213,632
Income/use of balance (150) (15,150)
Council Tax requirement/precept 204,437 198,482
Band D charge 108.03 104.69
  • Address: Kingsmead Parish Council, PO Box 448, Knutsford, WA16 1FJ
  • Phone: 01606 533858
  • Email:
Hartford Parish Council
                                                        2022-23 (£) 2021-22 (£)
 Gross expenditure  270,889 195,289
 Income/use of balance  (106,694) (45,890)
 Council Tax requirement/precept  164,195 149,399
 Band D charge  50.72 47.68
Upton by Chester Parish Council
                                                        2022-23 (£) 2021-22 (£)
 Gross expenditure  177,290 141,840
 Income/use of balance  (33,500) (36,000)
 Council Tax requirement/precept  143,790 105,840
 Band D charge  43.99 33.55
  • Address: Upton by Chester Parish Council, Upton Pavilion, Wealstone Lane, Upton, Chester CH2 1HD
  • Phone: 07584 415343
  • Email:

Local levies

Our expenditure for 2022-23 includes two statutory levies payable to external bodies that provide services to the region for flood defence and management of inshore sea fisheries resources.

Local levies
Organisation Gross expenditure 2022-23 £000 Gross expenditure 2021-22 £000 Levy payable by Cheshire West and Chester 2022-23 £000 Levy payable by Cheshire West and Chester 2021-22 £000
Environment Agency (North West Region Flood Defence) 132,090 98,705  243 237
North West Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority 1,405 1,364 103 100

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