Council Tax and Business Rates Financial Information 2016/17
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Council Tax and Business Rates Financial Information 2016/17

Every year we have to work out how much we need to spend to maintain our services and to meet the local and national priorities set out in our financial and corporate plans. This annual budget is funded from a number of sources, the most significant being council tax, business rates and general government grant (known as Revenue Support Grant). 

For 2016/17 the Government announced a new power for local authorities with social care responsibilities to increase council tax by up to an extra 2% per year for adult social care. The Leeds element of council tax for 2016/17 is therefore increasing by 3.99%, made up of a 1.99% core increase plus 2% exclusively for adult social care.  

Schools are funded separately from a specific government grant, which means that business rates and council tax do not contribute directly to the running of schools.  However, they do help pay for local education authority responsibilities and adult and community learning. 

On this page you can find financial information about your Council Tax or Business Rates. All relevant documents are in the documents section. 

To read the annual message from the Leader of the Council, Councillor Judith Blake, and for financial information for the Police, Fire, and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority please see the related pages section. 

Environment agency information is available in the drop down heading on this page.

Click to expandThis year's budget

Once again, we have had to prepare our annual budget within the limits set by the Government’s deficit reduction plans. Our annual budget is set within the context of the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement, which set out the Government’s plans for spending on public services through to 2019/20. Reductions in public expenditure are expected to continue throughout the current Parliament.

For Leeds, between the 2010/11 and 2015/16 budgets, funding from government reduced by around £180 million. In addition the Council has faced significant cost pressures, particularly within adults’ and children’s social care, as well as reductions in income due to the general economic climate.  

Whilst we have responded successfully to these financial challenges, our net budget will reduce by a further £31 million in 2016/17. Our budget strategy sees many areas continuing to reduce budgets, in some cases through significant changes to the way we operate. The strategic framework outlining how we will allocate resources and respond to financial pressures is detailed in the Best Council Plan. We will continue to work with partners across the city and we remain committed to tackling inequalities through building a strong economy, being a compassionate city and being a more efficient and enterprising organisation:

-Over 60% of our expenditure for 2016/17 will be on Adult Social Care and Children’s Services. 

-We have taken difficult decisions about the level and quality of services and how they should be targeted towards those with the greatest need. However, we continue to invest in prevention and early intervention, particularly in Adult Social Care and Children’s Services, so that more people can get the support they need at an earlier stage.

-New and different delivery of internal support services will generate savings of £2.9 million in 2016/17.

-We are continuing our restorative practice approach of working with children and families rather than doing things for them, providing high support and high challenge and empowering children and families to make positive decisions about their lives.

-£232,000 is to be provided for a new initiative to tackle domestic violence through a faster and more coordinated response alongside colleagues from other agencies.

-In the city centre we have reduced our office accommodation from 17 to 8 buildings, and numbers will fall further following the refurbishment of Merrion House. Savings of £1.1 million are forecast for 2016/17.

-Staffing levels across the council continue to be reduced, and we are forecasting a reduction of 299 full time equivalent members of staff by 31st March 2017. We will continue to move to becoming a Real Living Wage employer, with a minimum £8.01 per hour rate paid to all staff from April 2016.

-The long term waste strategy for the city is enabling us to deal more effectively with the city’s waste and to deliver savings of £4.7million in 2016/17, including substantial savings from the new Recycling and Energy Recovery facility which opened in 2015/16. 

-We continue to work with partners across the city to make the best use of joint resources. We work closely with NHS colleagues to reshape health and social care provision, to meet the challenges of higher life-expectancy and increasingly complex needs and to support people to remain living independently. 

-We plan to increase our income from trading activities. Leeds is one of 6 approved Improvement Partners for the Department for Education, and is now developing a model for providing improvement support to other local authorities. The 2016/17 budget assumes £0.5m income for 2016/17.

Click to expandHow your Council Tax is calculated

Your Council Tax is calculated by adding together the money needed by:

the Council;

the Combined Authority (replacing the Integrated Transport Authority);

the Environment Agency;

Police and Crime Commissioner West Yorkshire;

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority and

your parish/town council (if you have one).


For a table that shows how the total needed from Council Tax is calculated and how the 2016/17 Council Taxes for Leeds City Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Fire and Rescue Authority  compare to those for previous year please find a downloadable PDF 'Balancing the Books' in the documents section on this page.

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Click to expandA breakdown of Leeds' budget

For a breakdown of Leeds' budget including information on where the money comes from and where the money goes, please see' A Breakdown of Leeds' Budget' in the documents section on this page.​

Click to expandParish and Town Councils

Some parts of the Leeds City Council area are served by parish or town councils. These councils are separate from Leeds City Council. They elect their own councillors and set their own budgets. 

If you live in one of these areas, your Council Tax will normally be higher to pay for your share of the parish or town council. This extra charge (or ‘precept’) will be shown on your Council Tax bill.

To find out more, contact your parish or town clerk, or local parish or town councillor. Please contact Leeds City Council’s Parish Liaison Officer on 0113 395 1954 if you need contact details for your parish or town clerk.

A list of parish and town council precepts can be found in the documents section on this page.

Click to expandCapital Programme and Spending by Service

The Council continues to deliver a significant capital investment programme that is aligned to Council priorities, against the overall backdrop of budget reductions. The programme includes spending of £933 million over the next three years to 2018/19.  

The programme includes around £255m of investment in current Council housing stock and £81m is included for the Council House Growth Programme, which will deliver a comprehensive programme of new build housing and bringing empty properties back into use.

In addition the programme includes £108m on the Primary Learning Places programme, £113m on Highways and Bridges, £23m to support improvements to flood defences and a £25m Social Health and Care Fund to ensure that Health and Social Care becomes more integrated so that people have a more seamless experience of care when they need it. We are also developing a £21m District Heating Network which will harness the heat that is produced from the Recycling and Energy Recovery Facility whilst processing the waste.

The economic impact of Leeds City Council's capital expenditure between 2016/17 and 2018/19 is estimated to create a peak of 4,713 full time equivalent jobs and generate £848 million in the Leeds City Region. 

For a table showing the proportion of Council Tax that will be spent on each service in 2016/17 please see the PDF 'Spending by Service' in the documents section on the page

Click to expandEnvironment Agency North East Region

The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood and coastal erosion risk management for 2,292 km of main river and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. Money is spent on the construction of new flood defence schemes, the maintenance of the river system and existing flood defences together with the operation of a flood warning system and management of the risk of coastal erosion

For the Environment Agency's financial information 2016/17 please see the PDF in the documents section on this page

Click to expandFurther information

You can find more financial information, including details of the annual Statement of Accounts, our Budget and Best Council Plan, our Capital Programme and other Strategic and Business Plans on www.leeds.gov.uk
 

Or write to: Strategy and Resources, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1JF.

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