Council tax

Your Council Tax is administered and collected by the 12 borough and city councils.

More information about Council Tax is provided in the budget leaflet (PDF 555 KB).

Your Council Tax bill includes charges made by:

  • Lancashire County Council
  • Your borough / city council
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire
  • Lancashire Combined Fire Authority
  • Parish / town councils (in some areas)

The county council's element of the Council Tax for each band in 2017/18 is detailed below:

Band A B C D E F G H
Property value Up to £40,000 £40,001-£52,000 £52,001-£68,000 £68,001-£88,000 £88,001-£120,000 £120,001-£160,001 £160,001-£320,000 £320,001 and over
2016/17 Council Tax £783.24 £913.78 £1,044.32 £1,174.86 £1,435.94 £1,697.02 £1,958.10 £2,349.72
1.99% Council Tax increase £15.59 £18.18 £20.78 £23.38 £28.58 £33.78 £38.97 £46.76
2% Adult Social Care £15.66 £18.28 £20.89 £23.50 £28.72 £33.94 £39.16 £47
2017/18 Council Tax £814.49 £950.24 £1,085.99 £1,221.74 £1,493.24 £1,764.74 £2,036.23 £2,443.48
Weekly amount £15.66 £18.27 £20.88 £23.50 £28.72 £33.94 £39.16 £46.99

The county council receives your money to help fund the services we provide. For questions about paying your bill or about benefits and reliefs please telephone your borough or city council.

Adult Social Care Precept – Statutory Statement

The Secretary of State for 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.

Adult Social Care Precept – further information

The Adult Social Care Precept was introduced by the government in 2016/17 which allowed Councils which provide social care to adults to increase their share of Council Tax by up to an extra 2%. For the 3 years from 2017/18 to 2019/20 the government announced that councils would be allowed to increase this by up to 3% in any given year, but no more than 6% in total over those years.

Adult Social Care services support some of the most vulnerable members of our communities, largely supporting those in old age and adults with disabilities. Due to an ageing population demand on adult services has significantly increased pressure on the council's budget. The extra council tax income raised by the Adult Social Care Precept therefore helps to reduce this financial pressure.

The government has said that the Adult Social Care Precept must be shown as a separate charge on all council tax bills. The income generated from this charge is ring-fenced, meaning it can only be used for Adult Social Care services.

In 2016/17 we increased our share of Council Tax by 2% for the Adult Social Care Precept; this raised additional income of £7.887 million. In this financial year (2017/18) we have increased our share of Council Tax by a further 2% for the Adult Social Care Precept; this will raise additional income of £8.353 million. The cumulative amount of Adult Social Care Precept is therefore £16.240 million.

The table below shows the total amount of Adult Social Care (ASC) Precept compared to the general council tax precept, for each property band, for county council services in 2017/18.

Band A B C D E F G H
General Precept £783.77 £914.38 £1,045.01 £1,175.64 £1,436.90 £1,698.16 £1,959.41 £2,351.28
Adult Social Care Precept £30.72 £35.86 £40.98 £46.10 £56.34 £66.58 £76.82 £92.20
Overall Council Tax £814.49 £950.24 £1,085.99 £1,221.74 £1,493.24 £1,764.74 £2,036.23 £2,433.48

The Adult Social Care (ASC) Precept combines the amount charged in 2016/17 and the increase for 2017/18.  For example, in the case of a Band D property the 2016/17 ASC precept was £22.60 and in 2017/18 the increase is £23.50, giving a total ASC precept of £46.10.

Certification as to use of Adult Social Care Funding 2017/18

The county council's section 151 officer* has provided certification to the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that the additional funding raised from the Adult Social Care Precept, and the additional funding for adult social care (as announced in the Government's 2017 Spring Budget), will be solely used to fund adult social care services.

The table, as submitted to the DCLG as part of this certification, compares the changes in adult social care budgets with those of other non-ringfenced budgets. The narrative accompanying the table explains how it is intended that the additional funding will be used solely for the benefit of adult social care.

*An officer appointed under section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972 which requires every local authority to appoint a suitably qualified officer responsible for the proper administration of its affairs. Lancashire County Council's section 151 officer is the Director of Financial Resources.