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Council Tax and Business Rates budget information 2020-2021

We spend over £800m per year providing services to local residents. In 2020-21, over £195m of this will be funded through Council Tax paid by residents of the borough. A further £60m 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 vision to 2024 is set out in the Council Plan called Play Your Part to Thrive.

The following table shows the 2020-21 budget that has been developed to deliver the priorities set out in the plan.

Council budget for 2020-21
     2020-21    2019-20
   Spend (£000s)  Income (£000s)  Net spend (£000s)  Net spend (£000s)
Adult social care and health   178,322  -46,382  131,940  115,582
Children and families  298,492  -237,912  60,580  52,946
Places  118,007  -61,042  56,965  54,576
Housing and revenue account   22,761  -22,761  0  0
Corporate services  55,835  -15,825  40,010  39,045
Housing benefits  94,322  -94,320  2  2
Capital financing   26,185  -4,105  22,080  26,921
Contingencies   10,574  0  10,574  8,499
Council budget   804,498  -482,347  322,151  297,571
Use of reserves   0  -10,521  -10,521  -2,494
Corporate grants   0  -49,043  -49,043  -45,023
Revenue support grant   0  -3,340  -3,340  -3,286
Business rates   0  -60,358  -60,358  -58,586
Collection fund surplus  0  -3,332 -3,332   -3,101
Council tax requirement  804,498  -608,941  195,557  185,081
Parish precepts  3,954  0  3,954  3,767 
Council tax (including precepts)  808,452  -608,941  199,511  188,848

For further information on our budget:

For more information on specific services provided by us:

For information on Cheshire Fire Authority's budget:

For information about the Cheshire Police 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 804.498 -608.941 195.557 195.557 1,580.73 574.32
Preceptors providing services across a wider area 
Cheshire Fire Authority 44.831 -14.690 30.141 9.809 79.29 28.81
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire 195.620 -115.624 79.996 26.034 210.44 76.46

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 1,053.82 52.86 140.29 1,246.97
B £40,001 - £52,000 7/9 1,229.46 61.67 163.68 1,454.81
C £52,001 - £68,000 8/9 1,405.09 70.48 187.06 1,662.63
D £68,001 - £88,000  9/9 1,580.73 79.29 210.44 1,870.46
E £88,001 - £120,000 11/9 1,932.00 96.91 257.20 2,286.11
F £120,001 - £160,000  13/9 2,283.28 114.53 303.97 2,701.78
G £160,001 - £320,000 15/9 2,634.55 132.15 350.73 3,117.43
H Over £320,000  18/9 3,161.46 158.58 420.88 3,740.92

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 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 2020-21 the House of Commons has approved an adult social care precept of 2%. The Council has considered this flexibility and decided to levy an adult social care precept of 2% in 2020-21. This will generate additional funding of approximately £4m 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 precept for a Band D property in 2020-21 is £138.96, an increase of £30.40 (calculated as 2% of the 2019-20 average Band D charge of £1,520.08).

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 2020-21 is £2.83 which results in a base band D charge of £1,577.90 (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 payers in 2020-21 are required to provide a breakdown of their service expenditure, as detailed below

Northwich Town Council
  2020-21 (£) 2019-20 (£)
Gross expenditure 756,784 716,140
Income/use of balance (226,005) (202,291)
Council Tax requirement/precept 530,779 513,849
Band D charge 76.86 76.38
Winsford Town Council
  2020-21 (£) 2019-20 (£)
Gross expenditure 554,371 523,852
Income/use of balance (17,978) (32,015)
Council Tax requirement/precept 536,393 491,837
Band D charge 60.05 56.65
  • Address: Winsford Town Council, Wyvern House, The Drumber, Winsford, CW7 1AH
  • Phone: 01606 593582
  • Email: mail@winsford.gov.uk 
Neston Town Council
  2020-21 (£) 2019-20 (£)
Gross expenditure 467,193 446,844
Income/use of balance (197,111) (208,720)
Council Tax requirement/precept 270,082 238,124
Band D charge 45.82 40.82
Frodsham Town Council
  2020-21 (£) 2019-20 (£)
Gross expenditure 259,383 372,752
Income/use of balance (29,704) (103,686)
Council Tax requirement/precept 229,679 269,066
Band D charge 62.00 72.78
  • 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
  2020-21 (£) 2019-20 (£)
Gross expenditure 235,797 212,487
Income/use of balance (23,250) (5,000)
Council Tax requirement/precept 212,547 207,487
Band D charge 4.42 4.37
Kingsmead Parish Council
  2020-21 (£) 2019-20 (£)
Gross expenditure 215,650 185,568
Income/use of balance (15,100) (568)
Council Tax requirement/precept 200,550 185,000
Band D charge 104.69 97.47
  • Address: Kingsmead Parish Council, PO Box 448, Knutsford, WA16 1FJ
  • Phone: 01606 533858
  • Email: clerk@kingsmeadpc.org.uk
Hartford Parish Council
                                                        2020-21 (£) 2019-20 (£)
 Gross expenditure  179,412 133,595
 Income/use of balance  (36,453) (990)
 Council Tax requirement/precept  142,959 132,605
 Band D charge  45.45 43.43

Local levies

Our expenditure for 2020-21 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 2020-21 £000 Gross expenditure 2019-20 £000 Levy payable by Cheshire West and Chester 2020-21 £000 Levy payable by Cheshire West and Chester 2019-20 £000
Environment Agency (North West Region Flood Defence) 98,276 63,830  233 228
North West Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority 1,337 1,312 98 96

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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