Council tax and business rates financial information 2019/20

1. Overview

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.

Your council tax is calculated by adding together the money needed by:

  • the council
  • the West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • the Environment Agency
  • the Police and Crime Commissioner West Yorkshire
  • the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority
  • your parish or town council (if you have one)

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.

Council tax charges for 2019/20 can be found on our bands and charges page.

Balancing the books

The total amount that the council needs to spend (including Combined Authority, Environment Agency and parish councils)
The amount that the council expects to receive from fees, charges, rents and specific grants
The amount that the council will receive from Business Rates and general government grant

Totals may not add exactly due to rounding.

Therefore, the total needed by the council and parishes from Council Tax for 2019/20 is £320 million. This is £16.5 million more than last year.

For further tables that show how the total needed from council tax is calculated and how the 2019/20 Council Taxes for the council, the Police and Crime Commissioner and Fire and Rescue Authority compare to those for the previous year please read our document Balancing the Books (PDF 25KB).

Why has council tax gone up

For details behind the changes in council tax charges, please read our Why has council tax gone up document (PDF 150KB).



Capital programme and spending by serviceCapital programme and spending by service<div class="ExternalClassA232DCBDE93942F08D4F9C105033E3CC"><p>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 £1,347m over the next three years to 2021/22. <br></p><p>The capital investment programme provides £408m for housing; £149m to deliver an increased programme of new build council housing, including provision for extra care housing, and £259m of continuing investment in maintaining current council housing stock. Progress continues in delivering the Leeds Public Transport Investment programme (£100m) to deliver a major step change in the quality and effectiveness of our transport network which, in partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the private sector, could deliver a total investment package of over £270m. </p><p>Progress also continues with the East Leeds Orbital Road (£114m) that will unlock the potential to build up to 5000 new homes and support the economic growth of East Leeds, and Phase two of the Flood Alleviation Scheme (£73m) to improve flood defences upstream of the city centre. £166m is provided to support and maintain other highways, bridges, transport and street lighting packages, £130m for schools and other children’s services, £35m for adult social care initiatives, £26m for the Clean Air Zone along with investment to support ongoing and future developments at West Yorkshire Playhouse, Kirkgate Market, the redevelopment of Leeds Railway Station, Southbank regeneration, local District Centres and City Centre public realm.<br></p><p>The economic impact of the council's capital investment between 2019 and 2022 will create a peak of 5,090 FTE jobs and generate £1,236 million Gross Value Added to the Leeds City Region.<br></p><h3>Spending by service<br></h3><p>Based on council tax Band D (£1,644.90)</p><table><thead><tr><th scope="col">Service</th><th scope="col">Including police and fire</th><th scope="col">Excluding police and fire</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Adult social care<br></td><td>34%<br></td><td>40%<br></td></tr><tr><td>Childrens services<br></td><td>20%<br></td><td>24%<br></td></tr><tr><td>Police</td><td>11%<br></td><td>-<br></td></tr><tr><td>Refuse collection, street cleaning and waste disposal</td><td>8%<br></td><td>9%<br></td></tr><tr><td>Public transport support</td><td>5%<br></td><td>6%<br></td></tr><tr><td>Other (including environmental health and community safety)</td><td>4%<br></td><td>5%<br></td></tr><tr><td>Leisure</td><td>4%<br></td><td>5%<br></td></tr><tr><td>Accessible services and reducing poverty</td><td>4%<br></td><td>5%<br></td></tr><tr><td>Fire</td><td>4%<br></td><td>-<br></td></tr><tr><td>Roads</td><td>3%<br></td><td>3%<br></td></tr><tr><td>Libraries and learning</td><td>2%<br></td><td>2%<br></td></tr><tr><td>Housing services</td><td>1%<br></td><td>1%<br></td></tr></tbody></table></div> <br>
A breakdown of Leeds' budgetA breakdown of Leeds' budget<div class="ExternalClassB4FE07BCAF55473397C08EDB86D21C17"><div class="table-responsive"><table> <caption class="sr-only">Where does the money come from?</caption> <thead><tr><th scope="col">Where does the money come from? </th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Service specific government grants</td><td class="numeric">47%</td></tr><tr><td>Fees and charges </td><td class="numeric">13%</td></tr><tr><td>Council Tax </td><td class="numeric">16%</td></tr><tr><td>Rents </td><td class="numeric">11%</td></tr><tr><td>Business Rates </td><td class="numeric">10%</td></tr><tr><td>Other </td><td class="numeric">3%</td></tr></tbody></table></div><div class="table-responsive"><table> <caption class="sr-only">Where does the money go?</caption> <thead><tr><th scope="col">Where does the money go? </th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Employees </td><td class="numeric">43%</td></tr><tr><td>External service providers </td><td class="numeric">20%</td></tr><tr><td>Payment of Benefits etc </td><td class="numeric">13%</td></tr><tr><td>Supplies and Transport </td><td class="numeric">12%</td></tr><tr><td>Premises </td><td class="numeric">7%</td></tr><tr><td>Paying Debt and Interest </td><td class="numeric">5%</td></tr></tbody></table></div> <br></div>
Environment Agency North East RegionEnvironment Agency North East Region<div class="ExternalClass059BBBF18438482A9B96D5C194CABC00"><p>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. </p><p>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.<br></p><p>The calculated contribution from the council is £384,427. This equates to £1.68 for a Band D property. <br></p><h3>Regional committee financial information</h3> <br><table><thead><tr><th scope="col"></th><th scope="col">2018/19</th><th scope="col">2019/20</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Gross expenditure<br></td><td>£80.211 mil<br></td><td>£12.053 mil<br></td><td> <br> </td></tr><tr><td>Levies raised<br></td><td>£2.468 mil<br></td><td>£2.529 mil<br></td></tr></tbody></table></div>
This year's budgetThis year's budget<div class="ExternalClassEB2568B0CF03440282B85BC8F0779146"><p>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 plans for spending on public services through to 2019/20.<br></p><p>For Leeds, between the 2010/11 and 2018/19 budgets, funding from government reduced by around £251 million with a further reduction of £15.3m in 2019/20. 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.<br></p><p>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 <a href="/your-council/plans-and-strategies/council-plans">Best Council Plan</a>: to build a strong economy, to be a compassionate city and to be a more efficient and enterprising organisation.<br></p><ul><li>Over 63% of our expenditure for 2019/20 will be on Adult Social Care and Children’s Services, reflecting our Best Council Plan priority to support the most vulnerable across the city. </li><li>Despite having to take difficult decisions about the level and quality of services and how to target them towards greatest need, we continue to develop our approach to design care and support arrangements around the strengths of individual service users and carers.</li><li>Leeds is nationally recognised as a sector leader in Children and Families and is using grant funding from the Department for Education’s Partner in Practice programme to invest in new initiatives around early intervention, staff development and the adolescent service to reduce the numbers of Children Looked After in the city. </li><li>In response to the increasing prevalence of mental illness in young people, we will invest £500,000 to ensure children in Leeds with mental health illnesses are able to get the support they need. This will enable the expansion of our Therapeutic Social Work Team to support a team of Life Coaches who will work directly with young people.  It will also help make mental health support easier for young people to access in their own communities. </li><li>We have extended the policy of free burials/cremations for young people up to the age of 18.</li><li>We have included extra funding to support teams in Adults and Health to work with dementia sufferers and will set up a Dementia Care Network, to support good practice.</li><li>As an Authority, we have increased our lowest pay rate to £9.18 per hour, a figure 18p above the Real Living Wage rate of £9 an hour. We have also, in respect of services commissioned from external providers by both Adults and Health and Children and Families directorates made financial provision to be consistent with the national minimum wage assumptions for 2019/20.</li><li>We continue to invest in homelessness prevention, reducing temporary accommodation placements and assisting rough sleepers with drug and alcohol dependency issues, and to support local voluntary organisations. </li><li>As in previous years the Council is working with West Yorkshire Police to ensure that numbers of Police and Community Safety Officers (PCSOs) in the Leeds district will be maintained at current levels. </li><li>Leeds will again host one of the stages of the Tour de Yorkshire in 2019, boosting the local economy and showcasing Leeds and Yorkshire across the world. </li><li>We have budgeted to save over £22m in 2019/20 by continuing to deliver organisational efficiencies: reducing spending on back office operations whilst protecting frontline services and those for the most vulnerable through tightly managed staffing levels, reviewing leadership and management arrangements, reducing non-essential budgets and making savings in procurement and purchasing.<br></li></ul></div>
Parish and town councilsParish and town councils<div class="ExternalClassE91A549D9C954FDAA5E66242C13CED18"><p>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. <br></p><p>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.<br></p><p>To find out more, contact your parish or town clerk, or local parish or town councillor. Please contact the council’s Parish Liaison Officer on 0113 378 8779 if you need contact details for your parish or town clerk.<br></p> ​​​<br></div><div class="table-responsive"><table><thead><tr><th scope="col">Parish</th><th scope="col">2018/19 precept</th><th scope="col">2019/20 precept</th><th scope="col">Band D council tax charge</th></tr></thead><tbody><tr><td>Aberford and district<br></td><td>£16,550<br></td><td>£21,000<br></td><td>£26.96<br></td></tr><tr><td>Allerton Bywater<br></td><td>£37,000<br></td><td>£39,220<br></td><td>£26.51<br></td></tr><tr><td>Alwoodley<br></td><td>£51,113<br></td><td>£52,220<br></td><td>£14.00<br></td></tr><tr><td>Arthington<br></td><td>£2,250<br></td><td>£2,500<br></td><td>£8.59<br></td></tr><tr><td>Bardsey cum Rigton<br></td><td>£33,250<br></td><td>£34,000<br></td><td>£29.99<br></td></tr><tr><td>Barwick in Elmet and Scholes<br></td><td>£37,148<br></td><td>£37,148<br></td><td>£18.60<br></td></tr><tr><td>Boston Spa<br></td><td>£39,320<br></td><td>£51,160<br></td><td>£24.91<br></td></tr><tr><td>Bramham cum Oglethorpe<br></td><td>£24,350<br></td><td>£25,120<br></td><td>£34.01<br></td></tr><tr><td>Bramhope and Carlton<br></td><td>£55,921<br></td><td>£56,300<br></td><td>£30.81<br></td></tr><tr><td>Clifford<br></td><td>£24,000<br></td><td>£26,000<br></td><td>£33.98<br></td></tr><tr><td>Collingham with Linton<br></td><td>£91,000<br></td><td>£91,000<br></td><td>£52.84<br></td></tr><tr><td>Drighlington<br></td><td>£49,000<br></td><td>£49,000<br></td><td>£26.23<br></td></tr><tr><td>East Keswick<br></td><td>£18,500<br></td><td>£19,000<br></td><td>£32.39<br></td></tr><tr><td>Gildersome<br></td><td>£22,504<br></td><td>£23,404<br></td><td>£12.56<br></td></tr><tr><td>Great and Little Preston<br></td><td>£18,000<br></td><td>£22,500<br></td><td>£36.95<br></td></tr><tr><td>Harewood<br></td><td>£16,000<br></td><td>£16,000<br></td><td>£8.71<br></td></tr><tr><td>Horsforth<br></td><td>£114,710<br></td><td>£119,800<br></td><td>£16.63<br></td></tr><tr><td>Kippax<br></td><td>£93,120<br></td><td>£96,845<br></td><td>£33.08<br></td></tr><tr><td>Ledsham<br></td><td>£5,100<br></td><td>£5,167<br></td><td>£53.94<br></td></tr><tr><td>Ledston<br></td><td>£3,296<br></td><td>£3,296<br></td><td>£20.61<br></td></tr><tr><td>Micklefield<br></td><td>£54,070<br></td><td>£54,632<br></td><td>£105.98<br></td></tr><tr><td>Morley<br></td><td>£204,379<br></td><td>£204,379<br></td><td>£18.93<br></td></tr><tr><td>Otley<br></td><td>£423,850<br></td><td>£435,788<br></td><td>£87.10<br></td></tr><tr><td>Pool in Wharfedale<br></td><td>£40,732<br></td><td>£43,176<br></td><td>£44.96<br></td></tr><tr><td>Rawdon<br></td><td>£42,150<br></td><td>£42,190<br></td><td>£15.32<br></td></tr><tr><td>Scarcroft<br></td><td>£26,000<br></td><td>£26,000<br></td><td>£31.72<br></td></tr><tr><td>Shadwell<br></td><td>£36,771<br></td><td>£37,874<br></td><td>£38.99<br></td></tr><tr><td>Swillington<br></td><td>£29,500<br></td><td>£30,500<br></td><td>£31.82<br></td></tr><tr><td>Thorner<br></td><td>£29,500<br></td><td>£29,500<br></td><td>£38.90<br></td></tr><tr><td>Thorp Arch<br></td><td>£22,500<br></td><td>£22,500<br></td><td>£60.05<br></td></tr><tr><td>Walton<br></td><td>£5,950<br></td><td>£6,016<br></td><td>£52.40<br></td></tr><tr><td>Wetherby<br></td><td>£255,448<br></td><td>£270,150<br></td><td>£55.34<br></td></tr></tbody></table></div><p>Precept shown rounded to the nearest pound.</p> <br><br>
Adult social care preceptAdult social care precept<div class="ExternalClassC3FF2FA8FAB34A7089FF3FC184A5650F"><h3>An explanation of the Adult Social Care precept</h3><p>In 2015, the Government created the Adult Social Care (ASC) precept, which allows councils that provide Social Care to adults to charge an additional amount for Council Tax from 2016. The precept is part of Council Tax rather than a service charge and so is not linked to whether or not you receive social care services. If you pay for care services you receive, the precept does not replace these charges.</p><p>In Leeds, the ASC precept amount for the 2019/20 financial year is 1% of the basic Leeds City Council Council Tax charge for 2018/19. The basic charge is the Council Tax + ASC precept before any other additions, such as police, fire or parish precepts.</p><p>It is a government requirement that the ASC precept is shown as a separate line on your bill, and also that the accumulative ASC precept total since 2016/17 is shown. Therefore, the ASC precept amount on your 2019/20 bill is an accumulative amount over four years, however the % change has to be shown as a % change against the basic Leeds City Council charge for 2018/19.</p><h3>To calculate the total of precept amount for 2019/20 (Band D property):</h3><p>Multiply the basic Council Tax for 2018/19 which was £1,339.89 x 1% = £13.39, and then add this to the accumulative ASC precept of £85.35 for 2018/19 = £98.74.</p><h3>Calculation for each band</h3><div class="table-responsive"><table><tbody><tr><td>Council tax band<br></td><td>2018/19 basic charge<br></td><td>1% increase for 2019/20<br></td><td>Accumulutive precent from 2018/19 (2016/17 + 2017/18 + 2018/19)<br></td><td>Total precept shown on your 2019/20 bill<br></td></tr><tr><td>A<br></td><td>£893.26<br></td><td>£8.93<br></td><td>£56.90<br></td><td>£65.83<br></td></tr><tr><td>B<br></td><td>£1,042.14<br></td><td>£10.42<br></td><td>£66.39<br></td><td>£76.81<br></td></tr><tr><td>C<br></td><td>£1,191.01<br></td><td>£11.91<br></td><td>£75.86<br></td><td>£87.77<br></td></tr><tr><td>D<br></td><td>£,1,339.89<br></td><td>£13.39<br></td><td>£85.35<br></td><td>£98.74<br></td></tr><tr><td>E<br></td><td>£1,637.64<br></td><td>£16.37<br></td><td>£104.31<br></td><td>£120.68<br></td></tr><tr><td>F<br></td><td>£1,935.40<br></td><td>£19.35<br></td><td>£123.28<br></td><td>£142.63<br></td></tr><tr><td>G<br></td><td>£2,233.15<br></td><td>£22.33<br></td><td>£142.25<br></td><td>£164.58<br></td></tr><tr><td>H<br></td><td>£2,679.78<br></td><td>£26.79<br></td><td>£170.70<br></td><td>£197.49<br></td></tr></tbody></table></div> <p>These figures may be subject to rounding.</p><h3>Statement concerning adult social care funding</h3><p>The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)</p><p>The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this “precept” at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.<br></p></div>

Further 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 within our Your council section.

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



Business Rates explanatory notes Rates explanatory notes 2019-2020.pdf175389pdf
Balancing the books the books.pdf25482pdf
Why council tax has gone up council tax has gone up in 2019-20.pdf153542pdf

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