Supporting Information for your Bill 2017

Your Council Tax Bill for 2017/2018

For the next financial year commencing on the 1st April 2017, Blaenau Gwent CBC has set a Council Tax increase of 3.46%. This is broadly the average increase in Council Tax across Wales. 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 four 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 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 65p and 75p 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 future, the Council has adopted a strategic financial plan which will enable its core functions to continue to operate. Within this framework the Council will be looking at further ways to achieve savings 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 2017-2018 have again been developed using a “One Council “ and political groups have been appraised at various stages of the budget setting process .There has been consultation with the public  through the  “Let’s Talk” 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 2017-2018 and will further develop its Transforming Blaenau Gwent agenda, including the consideration of opportunities for improvement through inter-authority collaboration. The Authority has again been given a clear External Audit opinion on its annual accounts and in setting the Budget, has complied with guidance issued by the Welsh Government. Local residents therefore need have no concerns regarding the legitimacy of the Council’s use of resources.

Supporting Information

The County Borough has approved a net budget of £139,177,556 for 2017/2018. The wide range of services supported by this expenditure are shown in the graph:-

Comparison of 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 Estimated Net Expenditure

How it's funded at a glance

Capital Expenditure

In 2017/2018 the Council estimates that total Capital Expenditure will be £17,750,000
  
This will comprise:

2016/20172017/2018
Other Services£14,642,000£17,750,000
Total£14,642,000£17,750,000

Estimated Financial Reserves

Revenue Reserves – dedicated general reserves are estimated to stand at £3,500,000 million at the year end.

Standard Spending Assessment

The Councils Standard Assessment for 2017/2018 has been determined by the National Assembly for Wales as £133,102,000 (2016/2017 £132,324,000)

The Authority’s budget requirement for the year is £139,178,000 2017/2018   

Council Tax for each area 2017/2018
 

Band
/Community

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

Abertillery

1,172.02

1,367.35

1,562.68

1,758.02

2,148.69

2,539.36

2,930.04

3,516.04

4,102.04

Brynmawr

1,174.94

1,370.76

1,566.58

1,762.40

2,154.04

2,545.69

2,937.34

3,524.80

4,112.26

Nantyglo & Blaina

1,177.22

1,373.42

1,569.62

1,765.82

2,158.22

2,550.63

2,943.04

3,531.64

4,120.24

Tredegar

1,177.75

1,374.04

1,570.33

1,766.62

2,159.20

2,551.78

2,944.37

3,533.24

4,122.11

Ebbw Vale/ Cwm/ Beaufort

1,157.45

1,350.36

1,543.26

1,736.17

2,121.98

2,507.80

2,893.62

3,472.34

4,051.06

   
Precepts and Levies

The following bodies have precepted upon Blaenau Gwent CBC:
  

2016/2017
£
Band D
Equivalent
£
  2017/2018
£
Band D
Equivalent
£
4,408,759 2,20.06 The Police and Crime Commissioner 4,607,439 2,28.84
94,500 20.91 Abertillery and Llanhilleth Town Council 99,155 21.85
43,000 26.19 Brynmawr Town Council 43,000 26.23
78,250 29.86 Nantyglo and Blaina Town Council 78,250 29.65
138,401 30.61 Tredegar Town Council 138,401 30.45

 
The following bodies have levied the sums indicated on the Council.  

Organisation 2016/2017 2017/2018 % Increase/Decrease
Brecon Beacons National Park 29,206 29,206 0
Fire Service 3,170,898 3,221,030 1.58
Coroners Court 59,678 66,630 11.65

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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