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Adult social care precept

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 for financial years beginning 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 in each financial year, up to and including the financial year 2019 to 2020.

In 2017 to 2018, Cumbria County Council has 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.

How the adult social care precept is calculated

Below is an example of how the adult social care precept is calculated, based on a Council Tax Band D property:

Adult social care 2016 to 2017 calculation

2% of previous year (2015 to 2016) Cumbria County Council precept (£1,154.61): £23.19

Adult social care 2017 to 2018 calculation

2% of previous year (2016 to 2017) Cumbria Council County precept plus last year's Adult Social Care (£23.19)

Cumbria County Council precept 2016: £1,208.18       

Plus adult social care precept 2016: £23.69       

Total: £1,231.87

To work out the 2017 increase: calcuated 2% of £1,231.87

2017 increase: £24.64

The 2017 adult social care precept is calculated by adding the 2016 Adult Social Care Precept (£23.69) and 2% of £1,231.87, the total of 2016 Cumbria County Council precept plus the 2016 Adult Social Care precept (£24.64).

2017 adult social care precept: £48.33

Further information on the adult social care precept

Contact Cumbria County Council:

Telephone: 01228 606 060

Cumbria County Council
Cumbria House
117 Botchergate