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Cumbria County Council expenditure

How Cumbria County Council spend the money (1) Total Spending
Net Spending
Total Spending
Net Spending
Children's Services (2) 329.5 69.1 333.5 -266.8 66.7
Health, Care and Community Services 229.3 116.8 218.9 -103.5 115.4
Economy and Highways Services 138.3 114.2 139.8 -20.7 119.1
Fire Services 17.5 17.4 17.3 -0.5 16.8
Resources and Transformation 32.0 24.0 37.0 -11.1 25.9
Local Committees 8.0 8.0 8.0 0.0 8.0
Capital Financing 30.1 30.1 26.7 0.0 26.7
Other Services (3) 33.4 31.7 33.6 -1.7 31.9
Less charges for building and equipment (4) -30.2 -30.2 -30.4 0.0 -30.4
Service Costs 787.9 381.1 784.4 -404.3 380.1
Money (taken from) /put into reserves -0.2 -0.2 -5.0 0.0 -5.0
Budget 787.7 380.9 779.4 -404.3 375.1

Budget funding

How Cumbria County Council's spending is funded Net Spending
Net Spending
Government Funding -154.9 -139.6
Retained share of local Business Rates -19.9 -17.5
Pooled Business Rates (5) -0.7 -0.7
Surplus or shortfall on Council Tax collection from previous years -2.5 -3.4
Amount raised from Council Tax 202.9 213.9
Divide by taxbase (number of properties in Band D, less discounts) (6) 164,683 166,999
Council Tax for a Band D property £1,231.87 £1,281.02
  1. 2016-2017 figures have been revised to reflect restructures within the services.
  2. Children and Families' Services total spending has fallen. This is mainly due to schools that have converted to Academy status. This results in the spend associated with them and the corresponding Dedicated Schools Grant being outside of the Council.
  3. Other services include provision for inflation. This will be allocated to services during the year.
  4. Each service includes a charge for using buildings and equipment. These charges are also shown in the line 'Less charges for buildings and equipment' in the table above.
  5. The County Council has entered into a pooled business rates arrangement with five of the six Cumbrian Districts in 2017-2018. This is an agreement for one year. It may be extended on an annual basis. This figure is an estimate of the benefit to us of being part of the Cumbria Business Rates Pool.
  6. The 2017-2018 taxbase is greater than 2016-2017. This is because of changes in the demand for Council Tax discounts. It is also for increases in the number of properties in Cumbria.

This table reflects the budget, as agreed by the County Council on 16 February 2017. The full budget report is available on their website

How Cumbria County Council's spending has changed

How our Spending has Changed £m
Budget 2016-2017 380.9
Funding Changes - due to changes in how services are funded and reductions in grant funded expenditure and use of earmarked reserves -15.5
Inflation - this will add to costs 15.2
Service Priorities - other demands that increase costs of services 10.9
Savings - efficiencies and changes to services that reduce costs of services -16.4
Total Changes -5.8
Budget 2017-2018 375.1
How Council Tax Requirement has Changed £m
Council Tax Requirement 2016-2017 202.9
Changes in Gross Expenditure (see above) -5.8
Decrease in income receivable from the Cumbria Business Rates Pool 0.0
Net decrease in Revenue Support Grant/Top Up Grant/General Grant Funding 15.3
Decrease in income from Retained Business Rates 2.4
Increase in Redistributed Council Tax Surplus -0.8
Total Changes 11.1
Council Tax Requirement 2017-2018 213.9

County Council share 2017-2018

Council Tax Bands £
Band A (up to £40,000) 854.01
Band B (£40,001 to £52,000) 996.35
Band C (£52,001 to £68,000) 1,138.68
Band D (£68,001 to £88,000) 1,281.02
Band E (£88,001 to £120,000) 1,565.69
Band F (£120,001 to £160,000) 1,850.36
Band G (£160,001 to £320,000) 2,135.03
Band H (over £320,000) 2,562.04

Precepts on districts 2017-2018

District Council Tax Precept
Allerdale 38.6
Barrow 23.9
Carlisle 42.2
Copeland 25.9
Eden 25.8
South Lakeland 57.5
Total 213.9

New adult social care precept explanatory note

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities. The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax. This is for the financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016, without holding a referendum. This is 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. This is in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-2020. In 2017-2018 the County Council set an adult social care precept of 2% above the core referendum level. The amount raised through this precept will be spent entirely on adult social care functions.