Council tax and Business Rates Financial Information 2018/19

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.

Our annual budget is funded from a number of sources, the most significant being council tax and business rates.

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 2018/19 this increase can be up to 3% - but it cannot exceed 6% in total over the three years to 2019/20. In 2018/19 the Leeds element of council tax is increasing by 4.99%, made up of a 2.99% 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.

On this page you can find financial information about your council tax or Business Rates. Documents are in the related 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, see the related pages section.

Environment Agency information is available in the dropdown heading on this page.

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A breakdown of Leeds' budgetA breakdown of Leeds' budget<div class="ExternalClassC69775BB7E8B43AFBE02682EF879EE6B">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 <strong>documents section</strong> on this page.​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
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 £1,129m over the next three years to 2020/21. The programme provides £262m of investment in current Council housing stock and £63m is included for the Council House Growth Programme, which will deliver a comprehensive programme of new build housing, bringing empty properties back into use and delivering a package of additional Extra Care provision.</p><p>In addition, the programme includes provision of £126m for the East Leeds Orbital Road which will connect the existing Outer Ring Road to the M1, the Leeds Public Transport Investment programme in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the private sector which will deliver investment of £270m to the transport network of Leeds together with £73m allocated for Highways maintenance, structures and transport packages.</p><p>The programme includes £83m on the Primary Learning Places programme and £19m to support improvements to flood defences. Progress continues on the District Heating Network programme which will harness the heat that is produced from the Energy Recovery Facility whilst processing the waste.</p><p>The economic impact of Leeds City Council's capital expenditure between 2018/19 and 2020/21 is estimated to create a peak of 5,740 full time equivalent jobs and generate £1,288m in the Leeds City Region.</p><p>For a table showing the proportion of Council Tax that will be spent on each service in 2018/19 please see the PDF 'Spending by Service' in the <strong>related documents</strong> section of this page.</p></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. 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</p> <p></p> <p>For the Environment Agency's financial information 2018/19 please see the PDF in the <strong>documents section</strong> on this page</p> ​​​</div>
Further informationFurther information<div class="ExternalClass28593E0E16224DB2BA9AE0168A7787B4"><span style="background-color:window;">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 <a href="/"><strong>www.leeds.gov.uk</strong></a><br> </span><div>Or write to: Corporate Financial Management, Leeds City Council, Civic Hall, Leeds, LS1 1JF.</div> <div><br></div> ​​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></div>
How your council tax is calculatedHow your council tax is calculated<div class="ExternalClass7F791EB97BA84852B76C3281B3FD7EE9"><p>Your council tax is calculated by adding together the money needed by:</p> <ul> <li>the council</li> <li>the Combined Authority (replacing the Integrated Transport Authority)<br></li> <li>the Environment Agency</li> <li>Police and Crime Commissioner West Yorkshire</li> <li>West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority and</li> <li>your parish/town council (if you have one)</li> </ul> <br> <p>For a table that shows how the total needed from council tax is calculated and how the 2018/19 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 <strong><a href="/docs/Balancing%20the%20Books.pdf">Balancing the Books (PDF 13KB)</a></strong> in the <strong>Documents</strong> section.</p> ​​​​​​​</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. </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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p></p> <p>A list of parish and town council precepts can be found in the documents section on this page.</p> ​​​<span id="ms-rterangecursor-start" style="display:none;"></span><span id="ms-rterangecursor-end" style="display:none;"></span></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. Reductions in public expenditure are expected to continue throughout the current Parliament.</p><p>For Leeds, between the 2010/11 and 2017/18 budgets, funding from government reduced by around £239 million with a further reduction of £14m in 2018/19. 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.</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 Best Council Plan: to build a strong economy, to be a compassionate city and to be a more efficient and enterprising organisation:</p><ul class="list list-bullet"><li>Over 63% 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</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. We have also increased the Youth Activities budget</li><li>We are providing additional funding for mental health targeted at helping to improve resilience among young people and children and reducing social isolation among men at risk of suicide. We have also introduced a policy of free burials for children under 16</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>We will expand kerbside collection of brown bins to cover all properties across the city which are capable of receiving the service</li><li>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 2018, boosting the local economy and showcasing Leeds and Yorkshire across the world</li><li>We have budgeted to save over £15m in 2018/19 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. This year we will bring all our public-facing city centre services into the refurbished Merrion House, allowing us to save money by rationalising the number of properties in the city centre and by selling some of these vacated buildings</li></ul></div>

 

 

Business Rates Explanatory notes 2018-19https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Business Rates Explanatory notes 2018-19.pdf215171pdf
Balancing the bookshttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Balancing the books.pdf25480pdf
A breakdown of Leeds' budgethttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/A breakdown of Leeds' budget.pdf89065pdf
Council Tax Bands and Charges 2018-19https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Council Tax Bands and Charges 2018-19.pdf188040pdf
Environment Agency - Flood defence levy demand notice April 18https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Environment Agency - Flood defence levy demand notice April 18.pdf883690pdf
Parish and Town Council Informationhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Parish and Town Council Information.pdf17413pdf
Spending by servicehttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Spending by service.pdf9476pdf
Statement concerning adult social care funding 2018-19https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Statement concerning adult social care funding 2018-19.pdf138870pdf
The Adult Social Care Precept explainedhttps://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/The Adult Social Care Precept explained.pdf227128pdf
Why Council Tax has gone up in 2018-19https://www.leeds.gov.uk/docs/Why Council Tax has gone up in 2018-19.pdf191719pdf

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