We collect your council tax on behalf of Devon County Council*, ourselves (West Devon Borough Council), Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority and Town and Parish Councils.
This year for an average band D property your council tax will be £1986.74 and it is divided up like this:
*see statement concerning adult social care funding below
West Devon Borough Council plans to spend £20.5 million (gross) on providing services for 2019/20. A total of £15.8 million of this amount comes from the income we receive from grants, fees and charges. Therefore the amount of council tax we need to collect is £4.7 million.
The Council's net budget has decreased slightly from £7.3 million in 2018/19 to £7.1 million in 2019/20. This is the second year running that the Council has received no Government Grant funding (Revenue Support Grant) and the Council will need to be self-financing. The Council has progressed options of how it can generate its own income through Invest to Earn initiatives.
To secure the future of Council services to the public, the Council has increased council tax by £6.72 from £224.91 in 2018/19. This means that the cost of West Devon Borough Council's services for an average band D property will be £231.63 for 2019/20. The Council has committed to protecting frontline services where possible.
The Council continues to share staff with South Hams District Council. West Devon Borough Council is generating ongoing annual savings of £2.2 million from a joint Transformation Programme (T18) and sharing services with South Hams District Council. The Councils' shared workforce has been reduced by 30% through the T18 Programme and processes have been redesigned around the customer. The radical programme has changed how the Councils' work, to deliver more efficiencies and to retain the Councils' front line services.
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 1of 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.