Council Tax and Business Rates Financial Information 2017/18
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Council Tax and Business Rates Financial Information 2017/18

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 the Revenue Support Grant).

In 2015 the Government announced a new power for local authorities with social care responsibilities to increase Council Tax to fund adult social care services. For 2017/18 this increase can be up to 3% - but it cannot exceed 6% in total over the three years to 2019/20. In 2017/18 the Leeds element of council tax is increasing by 4.99%, made up of a 1.99% core increase plus 3% 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.

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.

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Click to expandThis year's budget

Once again, the Council has had to prepare its 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 plan 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 2016/17 budgets, funding from government reduced by around £214 million with a further reduction of £25m in 2017/18. In addition the Council continues to face significant cost pressures such as inflation and increased demand for services, particularly within adults’ and children’s social care.

To date the Council has responded successfully to this financial challenge. Although our budget strategy does see many areas of the Council continuing to reduce budgets, we continue to focus on the ambitions outlined in our Best Council Plan: to build a strong economy, to be a compassionate city and to be a more efficient and enterprising organisation:

  • Over 65% of our expenditure for 2017/18 will be on Adult Social Care and Children’s Services, reflecting our Best Council Plan priority to support the most vulnerable across the city.
  • Despite having to take difficult decisions about the level and quality of services and how they should be targeted towards those with the greatest need, we continue to invest in prevention and early intervention, so that more people can get the support they need at an earlier stage.
  • We are continuing our restorative practice approach of working with children and families, empowering them to make positive decisions about their lives.
  • We recognise the valuable services proved by children centres and we have ensured that all children centres will remain open and the impact on vulnerable children will be minimised.
  • We continue to work with partners across the city to make the best use of joint resources. We are setting aside £0.6million towards work with Health partners to develop and deliver a more joined up and appropriate level of care for patients ready to leave hospital but not yet ready to go home.
  • We will invest to deliver improvements at Temple Newsam Home Farm, Lotherton Hall and Tropical World to improve the visitor experience and to generate increased income from these attractions.
  • The long term waste strategy for the city is enabling us to deal more effectively with the city’s waste and to deliver annual savings of around £7 million following the completion of the Recycling and Energy Recovery plant in 2015.
  • A comprehensive review of the Council’s internal support services continues and will generate significant savings in 2017/18.
  • Staffing levels across the council continue to be reduced, and we are forecasting a reduction of 484 full time equivalent members of staff by 31st March 2018. We have also committed to the West Yorkshire Low Pay Charter, with a minimum of £8.25 per hour rate paid to all staff from January 2017.
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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 2017/18 Council Taxes for Leeds City Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Fire and Rescue Authority compare to those for the previous year please find the document Balancing the Books (PDF 13KB) in the Documents section.

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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 378 8779 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.

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Click to expandCapital Programme and Spending by Service

The Council continues to deliver a significant capital investment programme that is aligned to corporate priorities, against the overall backdrop of budget reductions. The programme includes spending of £881 million over the next three years to 2019/20. The programme includes around £247m of investment in current Council housing stock and £74m is included for the Council House Growth Programme, which will deliver a comprehensive programme of new build housing, bring empty properties back into use and deliver a £30m package of additional Extra Care provision. In addition, the programme includes £83m on the Learning Places programme, £138m on Highways and Bridges, £18million to support improvements to flood defences and also the £25m Social Health and Care Fund which will ensure that Health and Social Care becomes more integrated so that people have a more seamless experience of care when they need it. The Council continues to progress a £21m District Heating Network and an estimated £16m Council Housing District Heating programme: these will harness the heat that is produced from the Energy Recovery Facility whilst processing waste. The economic impact of Leeds City Council’s capital expenditure between 2017/18 and 2019/20 is estimated to create a peak of 5,138 full time equivalent jobs and generate £1,035 million in the Leeds City Region.

For a table showing the proportion of Council Tax that will be spent on each service in 2017/18 please see the PDF 'Spending by Service' in the documents section on the page.

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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 2017/18 please see the PDF in the documents section on this page

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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: Corporate Financial Management, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1JF.

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