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After increasing the South Gloucestershire element of the council tax in 2016/17 for the first time following a freeze for five years from 2011/12 to 2015/16, the council increased its share of the council tax for 2017/18 by 4.99% and now needs to increase its share by 5.99% in 2018/19. This is due primarily to the continuing reductions in government grant support (as part of the national austerity measures) and the increasing demand for services, particularly for adult and children’s social care. The government has acknowledged that most councils will need to increase their council tax in 2018/19 by up to 2.99%, in line with current inflation, and has also enabled councils like South Gloucestershire to make use of a further flexibility to include an additional 3% increase to be ring fenced for adult social care to contribute towards improving adult social care and meeting demographic and service pressures. Your council tax bill also collects the precepts for the police and fire services. The charges set by the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner have increased by 6.60% (or £12.00 on an average Band D property), and by the Avon Fire Authority by 2.99% for 2018/19.

The council tax bill also includes precepts from parish and town councils, and special expenses. There are 47 parish and town councils in South Gloucestershire. In some areas there is no parish or town council. The 47 parish and town councils have set their budgets independently, and while the average increase for 2018/19 is 1.80%, the increases range from about -15.7% to about +27.2%.

The cost of the council’s services is spread mainly uniformly over the authority’s area. However, in some areas, the parish or town council may provide services which in other parts of the authority are provided by South Gloucestershire Council. The cost of these specified services, known as South Gloucestershire Council’s special expenses, is charged only to the areas which directly benefit from them. The special expenses costs vary across the 47 parished and the unparished area.

The South Gloucestershire Council element of the council tax for a Band D property for 2018/19 is £1,441.07, an increase of £81.45 including the additional £40.79 ring fenced for adult social care. With precepts added from the Police and Crime Commissioner, Avon Fire Authority and all 47 parishes, the average 2018/19 total council tax for a Band D property is £1,782.77.

Following a change in council tax legislation, council tax can now be paid over 12 monthly instalments instead of 10. If you wish to pay in 12 instalments, please contact us in writing or telephone 01454 868003.

Information relating to the relevant and previous financial years in respect of the gross expenditure of the local authority can be viewed in the council’s budget section of this document. If you are unable to print this document and require a hard copy please request in writing to the council or call 01454 868003.