Your Guide to Your Council Tax

We all use public services. Some are provided by authorities covering the whole of Hampshire, while others are provided by local borough or district councils.

Some of the funding for these services comes from government grants which include contributions from business rates.

The rest is paid for by your Council Tax and income generated by, for example, rents, investments and service charges.


Council Tax bills for 2018-19

This year, the government has allowed councils, who are responsible for providing Adult Social Care, to increase their council tax by up to 6%. Hampshire County Council has chosen to increase their precept by 2.99% (rounded to 3%) for general expenditure and by 3% which is specifically for Adult Social Care services.

These percentage increases are shown on the 2018-2019 council tax bills.

The government introduced legislation and guidance setting out how the Adult Social Care precept is calculated and shown on council tax bills. This has been followed when producing the council tax bills for 2018-2019.

Percentage increases shown on your bill

The figures relating to general expenditure and the Adult Social Care precept are each accompanied by a percentage increase figure. The percentages show how each element contributes to the overall increase set by Hampshire County Council.

The percentage increase for the Hampshire County Council element is calculated on the combined total of the Hampshire County Council and Adult Social Care charges from last year’s bill and is an increase of 2.99% (3% rounded).

The percentage increase for the Adult Social Care element is calculated on the combined total of the Hampshire County Council and Adult Social Care charges from last year’s bill and is an increase of 3%.

While we understand this looks different to how other percentage increases are displayed, the bills have been calculated correctly, in accordance with regulations and guidance, and should be paid as requested.

If you require any further information on this please contact Hampshire County Council on 0300 555 1375 or email budget@hants.gov.ik


Information and links to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Police and Crime Commissioner and Hampshire County Council precept information can be found below.