Supporting Information for your Bill 2018

Your Council Tax Bill 2018/2019

For the next financial year commencing on the 1st April 2018, Blaenau Gwent CBC has set a Council Tax increase of 4.2%. This is lower than the average increase in Council Tax across Wales and the lowest in the Greater Gwent area. The background to the Council’s financial position needs to be considered in the context of:-

  • Reductions in funding from the Welsh Government, forecast  into the medium term
  • A significant increase in the number of Looked After Children
  • Welsh Government continuing to fund the Council Tax Reduction Scheme (but the overall sum across Wales has not changed for five years and there is still a substantial financial risk for the Council to bear).

In agreeing this increase, the Council has a duty to strike a responsible balance in terms of protecting services and jobs but also wanted to demonstrate that consideration has been given to safeguarding the wider interests of local residents, many of whom may be experiencing financial difficulties during the current economic recession. The Council believes it has done this by approving an increase of only 81p and 95p per week on Band A and Band B properties respectively, which account for approximately 85% of all properties in the County Borough.

For the medium term, the Council has adopted a strategic financial plan which will enable it to plan its spending in line with its funding. Within this framework the Council will be looking at further ways to achieve budget reductions whilst mitigating the impact on services.

In the medium term, the Council will not be able to directly provide all the services it currently provides. For example, some services could be provided by others, although stopping some services cannot be ruled out. Current projections indicate that this will become increasingly challenging at least until the end of the current decade.

However, in acknowledgement of the importance of the Council  as the largest local employer, there has been and will continue to be, a commitment to  avoid compulsory redundancies wherever possible and consultation with staff and trade unions will be ongoing throughout this period. The Joint Trade Unions have previously commended the Council for this engagement and the responsible manner in which the Budget has been set historically.

Budget proposals for 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 have  been developed using a “One Council “ approach and political groups have been appraised at various stages of the budget setting process .There has been a re-vitalised consultation with the public  through the  “Blaenau Gwent Budget Challenge” community engagement programme.

It will still be business as usual for many of the services the Authority currently provides. However, as the grant received from the Welsh Government does not cover all of the Councils costs, some costs must fall directly upon the local Council Tax payer and this is why an increase in the local level of Council Tax is necessary.

The Council will continue to monitor budgets closely throughout 2018/2019 and will undertake a series of reviews and consultations to inform future years budget proposals.

The Council has agreed a budget that provides a degree of protection to schools and Social Services, demonstrates investment in some environmental services and does not require funding from reserves.

Supporting Information

The County Borough has approved a net budget of £142,046,000 for 2018/2019. The wide range of services supported by this expenditure are shown in the graph:

 

Comparison of 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 Estimated Net Expenditure

Capital Expenditure

In 2018/2019 the Council estimates that total Capital Expenditure will be £12,580,000 
  
This will comprise:

2017/20182018/2019
Other Services£17,750,000£12,580,000
Total£17,750,000£12,580,000

Estimated Financial Reserves

Revenue Reserves – dedicated general reserves are estimated to stand at £5,800,000 million at the year end.

Standard Spending Assessment

The Councils Standard Assessment for 2018/2019 has been determined by the National Assembly for Wales as £134,628,000 (2017/2018 £133,102,000).

The Authority’s budget requirement for the year is £134,628,000 2018/2019.
 

Council Tax for each area 2018/2019


Band
/Community

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

Abertillery

1,222.97

1,426.80

1,630.62

1,834.46

2,242.12

2,649.77

3,057.43

3,668.92

4,208.41

Brynmawr

1,223.80

1,427.76

1,631.73

1,835.70

2,243.64

2,651.56

3,059.50

3,671.40

4,283.30

Nantyglo & Blaina

1,226.05

1,430.39

1,634.73

1,839.08

2,247.77

2,656.45

3,065.13

3,678.16

4,291.19

Tredegar

1,226.45

1,430.86

1,635.26

1,839.68

2,248.50

2,657.31

3,066.13

3,679.36

4,292.59

Ebbw Vale/ Cwm/ Beaufort

1,206.32

1,407.37

1,608.42

1,809.48

2,211.59

2,613.69

3,015.80

3,618.96

4,222.12

Precepts and Levies

The following bodies have precepted upon Blaenau Gwent CBC:

2017/2018
£
Band D
Equivalent
£
  2018/2019
£
Band D
Equivalent
£
4,607,439 228.84 The Police and Crime Commissioner 4,819,779 238.84
99,155 21.85 Abertillery and Llanhilleth Town Council 112,916 24.98
43,000 26.23 Brynmawr Town Council 43,000 26.22
78,250 29.65 Nantyglo and Blaina Town Council 78,250 29.60
138,401 30.45 Tredegar Town Council 138,401 30.20

The following bodies have levied the sums indicated on the Council

Organisation 2017/2018 2018/2019 % Increase/Decrease Subject to Rounding
Brecon Beacons National Park 29,206 27,682 -5.22
Fire Service 3,221,030 3,250,883 0.93
Coroners Court 66,630 89,106 33.73

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Contact Information

For further information please contact:

The Council Tax Section
By telephone - (01495) 355212
By fax - (01495) 355212
By post - Council Tax Section, Municipal Buildings, Civic Centre, Ebbw Vale, Gwent NP23 6XB
Email : CTax@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk