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Dorset County Council Tax 2017/18

Council Tax spending - service areas

Net 2016-17 (£,000)Where is the money spent in service areasExpenditures 2017-18 (£,000)Income 2017-18 (£,000)Grants 2017-18 (£,000)Net 2017-18 (£,000)
130,786 Adult and Community Services


40,992cr 5,772cr 135,660
73,245 Children's Services 263,179 8,837cr 181,198cr


7,468 Chief Executives 11,206 6,787cr 0 4,418
39,449 Environment 62,562 18,493cr 4,433cr 39,636
24,336 Partnerships 65,983 27,529cr 14,894cr 23,560
  • Adult and Community Services includes Adult Social Care, Public Health, Adult Learning, Libraries, Museums, Archives, Registrars, Trading Standards and Emergency Planning.
  • Children's Services includes Schools & other Education, plus Children's Social Care.
  • Environment includes Highways, Public Transport, Planning, Countryside, Heritage and ICT Services.
  • Partnerships includes the Dorset Waste Partnership.

Council Tax spending - corporate/non-directorate

Net 2016-17 (£,000)Where is the money spent - corporate/non-directorateExpenditures 2017-18 (£,000)Income 2017-18 (£,000)Grants 2017-18 (£,000)Net 2017-18 (£,000)
17,148 Capital financing 16,432 0 0 16,432
29,208cr Depreciation 0 29,862cr 0 29,862cr
0 Fuel Included elsewhere Included elsewhere Included elsewhere 0
0 Insurance Included in Chief Executives Included in Chief Executives Included in Chief Executives 0
7,545 Interest payable 7,845 0 0 7,845
250cr Interest receivable 0 250cr 0 250cr
677 Levies 1,160 0 0 1,160
0 Repairs and maintenance 1,257 1,257cr 0 0

Council Tax spending - other

Net 2016-17 (£,000)Where is the money spent -otherExpenditure 2017-18 (£,000)Income 2017-18 (£,000)Grants 2017-18 (£,000)Net 2017-18 (£,000)
2,311 Contingency 2,947 0 0 2,947



Other grant funding









Council Tax spending - Totals

Total net for 2016-2017 (£,000)AreasTotal net for 2017-2018 (£,000)
275,284 Service areas 276,418
4,088cr Corporate/non-directorate 4,675cr
6,336cr other


264,860 Total budget requirements 264,131

Where the money comes from

Net 2016-17 (£,000)Where the money comes fromNet 2017-2018 (£,000)
56,143cr Central government



Precept (Council Tax Payers)


264,860cr Total funding 264,131cr

Staff numbers 

At 31 January 2017 the County Council's staff numbers, including schools were 6,965 full-time equivalents (FTE) compared to 7,145 in 2016.

Changes in the way the budget is spent

Changes in the way the budget is spentAmount (£,000)Percentage of difference (%)
Budget requirement 2016 - 2017 264,860 -
Remove one-off costs 2016 - 2017 1,620CR -0.61
Adjustments to grant funding 58 0.02
Additional commitments 19,129 7.22
Savings identified 18,297CR


Budget requirement 2017 - 2018 264,131 -
Total change - -0.28

How the Council Tax change is calculated

How the Council Tax change is calculatedPercentage of difference (%)

Adult Social Care Precept


Impact of change in central government support 2.14
Increase in collection fund surplus and effect of extra Council Tax payers in the County 0.13
Council Tax change 4.99

Spending on major projects

We are planning to spend £87M on land, buildings, roads and equipment in 2017/-18, including £13.7M on our Basic Needs School Places programme, and £12.5M on the structural maintenance of our highways. 

Schemes in progress include the Superfast Broadband Project, the Traffic Management and Route improvements of the A350 and C13 Corridors and the building of the new Twynham Primary School in Christchurch.

Dorset County Council element of Council Tax across the bandings

2017-2018 Basic amount£1,326.87
Band A £884.58
Band B £1,032.01
Band C £1,179.44
Band D £1,326.87
Band E £1,621.73
Band F £1,916.59
Band G £2,211.45
Band H £2,653.74

Further information

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.

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