Your guide to Camden’s council tax and business rates 2016/17

The Adult Social Care Precept

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.)

The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge a
“precept” of up to 2% on its council tax for 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” in relation
to each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.
In relation to the financial year beginning in 2016 the Secretary of State has
determined (and the House of Commons has approved) a referendum principle of
4% (comprising 2% for expenditure on adult social care and 2% for other
expenditure), for adult social care authorities. These authorities may therefore set
council tax up to this percentage in 2016 without holding a referendum.

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