How Council Tax is calculated and spent

Our Council Tax requirement

Our Council Tax requirement is the amount which is needed to provide our services after taking into account:

  • any transfers to and from reserves
  • general government grants
  • collection fund transfers.

The Council Tax requirement is met by local taxpayers.

The table on this page shows the amounts we require for 2023-24 with the 2022-23 requirement for comparison purposes.

  2022-23 (£000's) 2023-24 (£000's)
Gross expenditure (excluding contributions to reserves) 60,778 59,032
Income (excluding contributions from reserves, government support and retained business rates income) -43,969 -40,482
Expenditure before contributions to/from reserves 16,809 18,550
Contributions +to/- from reserves -1,540 -1,693
Total net expenditure 15,269 16,857
Retained business rates income -6,150 -6,986
Government support (including new homes bonus, COVID-19 funding and collection fund deficit) -1,200 -1,702
Council Tax requirement 7,919 8,169