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 £1,808.61 and it is divided up like this:
*see statement concerning adult social care funding below
West Devon Borough Council plans to spend £26.8 million (gross) on providing services for 2017/18. A total of £22.4 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 £4.4 million.
The Council's net budget has increased very slightly from £7.2 million in 2016/17 to £7.4 million in 2017/18. The money that the Council receives in Government Grant funding (Revenue Support Grant) has decreased from £0.6 million in 2016/17 to £0.2 million in 2017/18 - a decrease of £400,000. By 2018/19 the Council will receive no Government funding and the Council will need to be self-sufficient. The withdrawal of Government funding has happened two years earlier than expected. The Council is exploring 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 £5 from £208.39 in 2016/17. This means that the cost of West Devon Borough Council's services for an average band D property will be £218.39 for 2017/18. The Council has committed to protecting frontline services where possible.
The Council continues to share staff with South Hams District Council. Over the last two years, West Devon Borough Council has generated ongoing annual savings of £1.4 million from a joint Transformation Programme (T18) 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.
West Devon Borough Council's spending plans for 2017/18
We recycle your household waste, take away your rubbish, clean your streets, make sure your food is safe, check the air you breathe, test private water supplies, work with others to reduce crime, decide planning applications, create and attract new jobs, consider licensing applications, support people in need with housing and council tax reduction schemes, and encourage voluntary organisations.
We check houses - old and new - are built and adapted to modern standards, work in partnership to support public transport, protect the environment, look after your street signs, administer council tax for almost 25,500 households, look after homeless families, and work with our partners to provide affordable housing.
We organise elections, improve housing conditions for vulnerable households, promote better energy efficiency, deal with stray dogs and dog fouling, provide renovation grants for unfit properties, deal with noise complaints, provide car parks, check out bonfire nuisances, look after more than 54,200 people in the Borough across 458 square miles and much, much more.
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.