Peterborough City Council approves a six percent increase to council tax

At a full council meeting on Wednesday 7 March, 2018  Peterborough City Council approved a six per cent increase to council tax. The government has allowed councils to increase council tax by 5.99% in 2018-19 which includes 3% rise for social care and a 2.99% increase in standard council tax.

Because of the way council tax is calculated this isn’t the full story. In reality the adult social care precept has increased by 61 per cent from the £57.75 it was last year to £94.70 it is this year on a band D property.

What does this mean for Eye residents?

Band D residences will be paying an extra £87.38 this year. The police have received 6.4 per cent increase and the fire authority a three per cent rise. Eye also has the Parish precept. This is charged on each property in the parish to fund the running costs of the parish council and the activities it takes on behalf of the village. This year that is £35.45 for a band D property which will raise £54,475 for the Parish Council. The number of houses being built in the village has actually meant this has been slightly reduced from last year. In 2016/17 it was £35.12 and in 2017/18  it was £35.80.

Eye still remains pretty much in the middle of the table with regards the cost of the precept, with villages such as Southhorpe (£8.74) and Orton Loungueville (£10.93) towards the lower end of the scale and Wittering (£66.89) and Castor (£88.27) the most expensive. The average in England in 2017-18 was £61.03 with a 6.3 per cent increase.

  Valuation Bands
  A B C D E F G H
  £  .  p £  . p   £  .  p £  . p   £ .  p £  . p   £  .  p £  . p  
Peterborough City Council £807.10 £941.61 £1,076.13 £1,210.64 £1,479.68 £1,748.71 £2,017.74 £2,421.29
PCC Adult Social Care £63.13 £73.65 £84.18 £94.70 £115.74 £136.78 £157.83 £189.39
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire
£132.48 £154.56 £1176.64 £198.72
£242.88 £287.04 £331.20 £397.44
Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Fire Authority £45.84 £53.48 £61.12 £68.76 £84.04 £99.32 £114.61 £137.53
Total for Non-Parished Areas £1,048.55 £1,223.31 £1,398.07 £1,572.83 £1,922.34 £2,271.86 £2,621.38 £3,145.65
Parish Precept £23.63 £27.57 £31.51 £35.45 £43.33 £51.21 £59.08 £71.90
Total for Eye £1,072.18 £1250.88 £1,429.58 £1,608.28 £1,965.67 £2,323.06 £2,680.46 £3,216.55
Increase for year
 £58.25 £67.96 £77.67 £87.38 £106.79 £126.21 £145.63 £174.75

* There maybe some differences with official figures depending on whether the figure is rounded up or down.

Peterborough Council Tax – Band D from 1998

This excludes the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Fire Authority and the Parish precept. 2018-19 will be the largest increase in actual pounds since 2002/03.

Year Amount (To nearest £) Increase % change
Average UK inflation (CPI)
1998-99 £637
1999-00 £698 £61 9.6 1.34
2000-01 £750 £52 7.4 0.79
2001-02 £787 £37 4.9 1.24
2002-03 £862 £75 9.5 1.26
2003-04 £927 £65 7.5 1.36
2004-05 £935 £8 0.9 1.34
2005-06 £972 £37 4.0 2.05
2006-07 £1,014 £42 4.3 2.33
2007-08 £1,029 £14 1.5 2.32
2008-09 £1,043 £15 1.4 3.61
2009-10 £1,069 £26 2.5 2.17
2010-11 £1,096 £27 2.5 3.29
2011-12 £1,096 £0 0.0 4.48
2012-13 £1,128 £32 2.9 2.83
2013-14 £1,128 £0 0.0 2.53
2014-15 £1,128 £0 0.0 1.47
2015-16 £1,128 £0 0.0  0.05
2016-17 £1,173 £45 4.0  0.64
2017-18 £1,232 £59 5.0  2.69
2018-19 £1,305 £73 6.0

The council has to make £24 million of savings in 2018/19 after its main government grant has been cut by 80 per cent in eight years. In 2013/14 the city council received £55 million in Revenue Support Grant, the government grant which supports a range of council services, and this will have been reduced to just £15 million in 2018/19 and then £10 million in 2019/20.

Valuation bands

Each property is in one of eight bands according to its estimated value on the 1 April 1991. You can find out the council tax band for your home by looking up your property on GOV.UK using your postcode. All bands are based on a fraction of the band D cost.

  • A: 6/9 – Up to and including £40,000
  • B: 7/9 – £40,000.01 – £52,000
  • C: 8/9 – £52,000.01 – £68,000
  • D: 9/9 – £68,000.01 – £88,000
  • E: 11/9 – £88,000.01 – £120,000
  • F: 13/9 – £120,000.01 – £160,000
  • G: 15/9 – £160,000.01 – £320,000
  • H: 18/9 – More than £320,000
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