How we are funded

The money that we spend on our services comes from four different sources;

  1. Central government grant
  2. Business rates
  3. Council tax
  4. Charges for our services

The levels of income we receive from each is shown below:

    2016/17 2015/16
£'000 £'000 £'000
Revenue Support Grant 1,460 2,849 4,463
Retained Business Rates Income 6,647 4,580 6,654
Council Tax 12,949 12,424 12,188
Total 21,056 19,853 23,305

General Central Government Grant

Central Government gives us money towards the cost of all the services we provide. This is called the Revenue Support Grant.

In 2017-18, our Government Grant will be £1,460,000.

Business Rates

Business Rates are paid on commercial property, such as factories, offices and shops. The charge is used to pay for council services.

In 2017-18, our Retained Business Rates Income will be £6,646,639.

More can be found on our business rates pages

Council Tax

Council Tax is a form of local taxation, based on the value of the place where you live.

In 2017-18, our Council Tax income will be £12,949,098, excluding Parishes and including collection fund surpluses.

More details can be found on our Council Tax Income page.

Charges for our services

Many of our services are free, but some have a small charge. For example, we charge for car parking around the city and at Park and Ride car parks.

The level of income we receive directly to pay for service provision is available on our Spending Plans page.

Fees and Charges

Please Note: the fees and charges documents above are correct as of April of any given year. Some fees and charges may change after then. Please visit the relevant service area pages of our website to view current fees.