Adult social care precept

In 2016 the Government gave councils the power to apply an additional charge on top of Council Tax to provide more funding for adult social care services.

This year the council will levy 3% towards adult social care on top of the base council tax.

This is a careful and caring measure to ensure council services can continue to support vulnerable residents and meet the increase in demand as our population ages.

The increased funding from the adult social care levy is being matched by £6.4m of council investment over three years as well as further funding from the Better Care Fund.

Making these investments will pay for:

  • More residential beds for older residents and those with learning disabilities;
  • More nursing beds for residents with dementia and or other complex needs;
  • Increasing the wage of domiciliary workforce, raising hourly rates to the living wage and
  • Meeting the increased cost of care in nursing and residential homes.

Adult social care precept calculation

This year the council will levy 3% towards adult social care. For a Band D home this equates to a further £28.85 on your 2018/19 council tax bill.

This is calculated by taking 3% of core council tax for 2017/18, 3% of the adult social care precept for 2017/18 and adding both of these sums to the adult social care precept for 2017/18.

For a Band D home this would be: 3% of £915.57 (£27.47), 3% of £45.89 (£1.38) plus £45.89. This gives a total adult social care precept for 2018/19 of £74.74.

If you do not live in a Band D property, the charge of £74.74 is then apportioned as outlined in the table below. These amounts do not include the parish and emergency service precepts.

Band Apportionment ASC Precept 18/19
A 6/9 £49.83
B 7/9 £58.13
C 8/9 £66.44
D 9/9 £74.74
E 11/9 £91.35
F 13/9 £107.96
G 15/9 £124.57
H 18/9 £149.48

Please note: that although the Adult Social Care (ASC) precept charged above is calculated at the rate of 3% of the 2017/18 Council Tax and ASC precept, the monetary value is a cumulative figure taking into account the sums charged since it was first introduced in 2016/17. The table below illustrates this for a band D property:

Description 2016/2017 - First year of ASC ASC increase for 2017/2018
Core council tax £906.95 3% = £27.21
Adult social care precept £18.14 3% = £0.54
Total adult social care precept - £18.14 + £27.21 + £0.54 = £45.89
Description 2017/2018 ASC increase for 2018/2019
Core council tax £915.57 3% = £27.47
Adult social care precept £45.89 3% = £1.38
Total adult social care precept - £45.89 + £27.47 + £1.38 = £74.74