Council Tax income

Council Tax Income 2019-20

The Council Tax you pay is split between various authorities. The table below shows how much of your Council Tax goes to these authorities.

(All figures quoted refer to Council Tax Band D and are rounded to the nearest pound. Percentages here and on the actual Council Tax bill are expressed to one decimal place).

How Council Tax income is split
Authority Percentage of Council Tax  2019/20 Amount 
Oxford City Council (including Parish precepts) 15.8% £313.54
Oxfordshire County Council 73.9% £1,468.83
Police and Crime Commissioner (Thames Valley) 10.4% £206.28

Council Tax income pie chart 2019-20

Oxford City's Basic Amount of Council Tax inclusive of Parish precepts is £313.54 for 2019-20. Excluding parish precepts, the Basic Amount of Council Tax is £307.80 for 2019-20. 

Therefore, If you live in an average band D home in Oxford, £307.80 of your total Council Tax bill for this year helps pay for Oxford City Council Services. 

This works out at £5.90 per week. This is a 2.99% increase on the 2018-19 figure of £298.86 which is an annual increase of £8.94 or approximately 17p per week.

The cost of Oxford City Council's services is equivalent to under one-sixth of your total Council Tax bill.

Increases that are being asked for this year

Oxfordshire County Council has increased their 2018-19 Council Tax by 2.99% to £1,468.83. It should be noted that there will be no Adult Social Care precept in 2019-20 as the County Council has already raised the maximum 6% that in December 2016 the Department for Communities and Local Government announced could be raised over the next three-year period, namely 2017-18 through to 2019-20.

Oxford City Council's overall Band D Council Tax (including Parishes) has increased by 3.21% from £303.80 in 2018-19 to £313.54 in 2019-20.

Oxford City Council's overall Band D Council Tax (net of Parishes) has increased by 2.99% from £298.86 in 2018-19 to £307.80 in 2019-20.

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley has increased their 2018-19 Council Tax by £2 per month to £206.28. This is equivalent to a 13.2% increase.

Parish Councils

Oxford City Council provides services to four Parish Councils within its boundaries.

The Parishes ask for funding to pay for services they provide in the form of a precept on the City Council. Residents in the parishes pay this as part of their Council Tax. 

Oxford City Council therefore also raises Council Tax to pay for Parish Councils and the Basic Amount of Council Tax inclusive of Parish precepts is £313.54 for 2019-20. 

In the Unparished Area, the City Council undertakes the parish functions.

The costs relating to this are as follows:

Parish 2019/20
Littlemore  96.6 87.1
Old Marston  58.6 55.6
Risinghurst and Sandhills  50.8 46.7
Blackbird Leys  54.1 31.1
  260.1 220.5
Unparished Area  603.7 577.6
Total "Special Items" 863.8 798.1

Council Tax Requirement (including Parishes)

In accordance with the Localism Act 2011 the Council is required to calculate its Council Tax Requirement. This figure is the amount that the Council will raise in council tax from the residents in the city to fund services for the coming year 2019-20.

The Oxford City Council's Requirement from Council Tax for 2019-20 is £14,201,686. This includes the Parish Precepts of £260,065.

The equivalent figure in 2018-19 was £13,556,751.

The Tax Base for 2019-20 (the total number of dwellings adjusted for exemptions and discounts, and expressed as Band D equivalents) has increased from the 2018-19 figure of 44,623.4 to 45,294.5.

The reasons for this are:

i. The increase in the number of newly built dwellings. Between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018 the net annual growth in our Council Tax dwellings was just 246. There has been considerably more growth in 2018-19. Between 1 April 2018 and 10 February 2019 the net total grew by 399.

ii. The results of the ongoing review work carried out by Revenues staff on dwellings that are either exempt or which have a Council Tax discount.

The Band D council tax (exclding parishes) for 2019-20 is £307.80. This is a 2.99% increase on the 2018-19 figure of £298.86.

Statement concerning adult social care funding

The Secretary of State for 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 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 an additional “precept” on its council tax for financial years from 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” at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.

In 2016-17 the Social Care Precept on council tax was originally set at 2% per annum increase  for the period 2016-17 to 2019-20. The Local Government Finance Settlement 2017-18 changed the terms of this precept for the period 2017-18 to 2019-20. Authorities would now be able to increase the Social Care Precept by up to 3% per annum in 2017-18 and 2018-19. However, authorities that go ahead with the 3% increase each year for 2017-18 and 2018-19 will not be able to make a further increase in 2019-20 (i.e. the total allowable increase over the three-year period remains at 6%).

As the Oxfordshire County Council chose the higher 3% threshold in each of 2017-18 and 2018-19 they will not be able to have an additional Adult Social Care precept in 2019-20. Their overall Band D tax for 2018/19 of £1,426.19 was made up of £1,322.72 general expenditure and £103.47 for the Adult Social Care element. Their Council Tax for 2019/20 is £1,468.83 that equates to a 2.99% increase on last year's total charge.