The overall health and economic impact of Covid-19 over the last 12 months has been unprecedented. It remains a challenging time for everyone. The Council is determined to try to continue to support the most the most vulnerable and to also ensure that the key elements that will lead to a stronger recovery for the town, our local residents and our businesses are put in place for the future.
In these difficult times we are continuing to work hard to make lives better for local people and we will continue to try to support improvements in the health and economic wellbeing of everyone. Our financial plans for 2021-22 are designed to to help Southend-on-Sea recover from the pandemic and thrive in the future. We have tried to carefully balance our spending on key priority services with the level of resources we have available. We must build a sustainable financial future together that delivers good value for money for our local residents, businesses and visitors.
We are planning extra investment in the key areas that local people have said are most important to them, with the largest proportion of your council tax going towards looking after most vulnerable in our society. This will help to respond to the large increases in demand from older residents, children and families. We are also planning the biggest ever investment into our infrastructure, fixing more local roads and pavements. Housing also remains a top priority with major investment into creating more affordable housing and improving our local housing stock. More school places will be delivered, plans to tackle climate change will be enhanced and more investment made available to maintain our seafront and iconic Southend Pier.
We will continue to try and develop the right local conditions to attract extra private investment into the town. Strive to create new local job opportunities and enhance economic prosperity through major projects such as the Airport Business Park Southend and Better Queensway which is the largest housing and regeneration project the council has undertaken since the 1960's.
To support the delivery of these plans, the Council Tax for Southend-on-Sea has been increased by 3.99% which includes 1.99% for general use and 2.0% to support Adult Social Care. In addition, there is also a 4.98% increase added from Essex Police. Essex Fire and Rescue Services and Leigh Town Council (where applicable) are not proposing any increase for 2021-22. Overall your Council Tax level still remains as one of the lowest in the country.
Government statement concerning adult social care funding
The Secretary of State for the Housing 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, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Sicily).
The offer for the financial year 2021-22 is the option of an adult social care authority being able to increase their council tax by a further 3% on top of the core principle (with the option to defer some or all of the increase until 2022-23), without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care.
Calculation for the percentage increase for the 2021-22 Council Tax
The council has increased the Council Tax charge for 2021-22 by 3.99%.
This is an increase of 1.99% on the standard Council charge and a 2.0% increase on the Adult Social Care (ASC) Precept charge which is used to help fund the rising cost of social care services for older and disabled adults.
How we calculate the increases
The standard Council charge and the ASC Precept make up the ‘Total Council Charge’. It is the overall charge that is used to work out both increases for 2021-22.
The Total Council Charge for 2020-21 was £1,437'39 for a Band D property.
The £1,437.39 was made up of the standard Council charge for 2020-21 of £1,311.60 plus an ASC Precept of £125.79.
Standard Council charge increase – 1.99%
Firstly, we multiply the Total Council Charge for 2020-21 by 1.99%.
£1,437.39x 1.99% = £28.59
We then add that increase to the 2020-21 standard Council charge.
£1,311.60 + £28.59 = £1,340.19
ASC Precept charge increase – 2.0%
Firstly, we multiply the Total Council Tax Charge for 2020-21 by 2.0%
£1,437.39 x 2.0% = £28.74
We then add that increase to the 2020-21 ASC Precept charge
£125.79 + £28.74 = £154.53
Total Council charge for 2021-22
The Total Council charge for 2021-22 is the new standard council charge (£1,340.19) plus the new ASC Precept charge (£154.53) which equals £1,494.72.
|Band A £||Band B £||Band C £||Band D £||Band E £||Band F £||Band G £||Band H £|
|Standard Council Charge 2020-21||874.40||1,020.13||1,165.87||1,311.60||1,603.07||1,894.53||2,186.00||2,623.20|
|Adult Social Care Precept (ASC) 2020-21||83.86||97.84||111.81||125.79||153.74||181.70||209.65||1251.58|
|Total Council Charge 2020-21||958.26||1,117.97||1,277.68||1,437.39||1,756.81||2,076.23||2,395.65||2,874.78|
|Increase in Standard Council for 2021-22 (2020-21) Council Charge x 1.99%)||19.06||22.24||25.41||28.59||34.94||41.30||47.65||57.18|
|2021-22 Standard Council Charge on Bill (2020-21 Standard Council Charge+ Calculated increase)||893.46||1,042.37||1,191.28||1,340.19||1,638.01||1,935.83||2,233.65||2,680.38|
|Increase in ASC for 2021-22 (2020-21) Council Charge x 2.0%)||19.16||22.35||25.55||28.74||35.13||41.51||47.90||57.48|
|2021-22 ASC Charge on Bill (2020-21 ASC + Calculated increase)||103.02||120.19||137.36||154.53||188.87||223.21||257.55||309.06|
|Total Council Charge 2021-22||996.48||1,162.56||1,328.64||1,494.72||1,826.88||2,159.04||2,491.20||2,989.44|