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Social Services: Council Tax

Question for Department for Communities and Local Government

UIN 58325, tabled on 19 December 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate he has made of the amount that each local authority could raise if they employed use of the three per cent social care precept on council tax in the 2016-17 financial year.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

1 February 2017

For the financial year 2016-17, the Government allowed local authorities with adult social care responsibilities to increase their council tax by 2% to help fund adult social care (the ‘Adult Social Care Precept’), in addition to the permitted 2% ‘core’ increase. Salford City Council set a 3.75% increase in 2016-17, of which 2% was for the Adult Social Care Precept. Please see:

Under new proposals announced as part of the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement on 15 December 2016, the Adult Social Care Precept for 2017-18 will be worth up to an additional 3%. Assuming that local authorities make full use of the 3% flexibility, the Adult Social Care Precept could generate more than £1 billion in total in 2017-18, and £4.4 million for Salford City Council.

The attached table shows the potential total of Adult Social Care Precept receipts in 2017-18, assuming that local authorities make full use of the 3% flexibility. Whether or not they wish to do so would be a matter for each council.