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Dorset County Council Tax 2018/19

Council Tax spending - service areas

Net 2017-18 (£,000)Where is the money spent in service areasExpenditures 2018-19(£,000)Income 2018-19 (£,000)Grants 2018-19 (£,000)Net 2018-19 (£,000)
135,660 Adult and Community Services 194,309 44,377cr 5,499cr 144,432
73,144 Children's Services


9,678cr 182,537cr


4,418 Chief Executives 13,921 11,042cr 0 2,879
39,636 Environment 58,834 14,399cr 4,315cr 40,120
23,560 Partnerships 67,056 27,476cr 14,485cr 25,094
  • 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 2017-18 (£,000)Where is the money spent - corporate/non-directorateExpenditures 2018-19 (£,000)Income 2018-19 (£,000)Grants 2018-19 (£,000)Net 2018-19 (£,000)
16,432 Capital financing 14,949 0 0 14,949


Depreciation 0 33,347cr 0 33,347cr
0 Fuel Included elsewhere Included elsewhere Included elsewhere 0
0 Insurance Included in Chief Executives Included in Chief Executives Included in Chief Executives 0
7845 Interest payable 8,023 0 0 8,023
250cr Interest receivable 0 100cr 0 100cr
1160 Levies 1,171 0 0 1,171
0 Repairs and maintenance 1,257 1,257cr 0 0

Council Tax spending - other

Net 2017-18 (£,000)Where is the money spent -otherExpenditure 2018-19 (£,000)Income 2018-19 (£,000)Grants 2018-19 (£,000)Net 2018-19 (£,000)
2947 Contingency 6,184 0 0 6,184



Other grant funding









Council Tax spending - totals

Total net for 2017-2018 (£,000)AreasTotal net for 2018-2019 (£,000)
276,418 Service areas 292,836
4,675cr Corporate/non-directorate 9,304cr
7,612cr other


264,131 Total budget requirements 275,686

Where the money comes from

Net 2017-18 (£,000)Where the money comes fromNet 2018-2019 (£,000)
43,584cr Central government



Precept (Council Tax Payers)


264,131cr Total funding 275,686cr

Staff numbers 

At 31 January 2018 the County Council's staff numbers, including schools were 6,657.48 full-time equivalents (FTE) compared to 6,965 in 2017.

Changes in the way the budget is spent

Changes in the way the budget is spentAmount (£,000)Percentage of difference (%)
Budget requirement 2017 - 2018 264,131 -
Remove one-off costs 2017 - 2018 6,931CR -2.62
Adjustments to grant funding 1,470 0.56
Additional commitments 27,198 10.30
Savings identified 10,182CR


Budget requirement 2018 - 2019 275,686 -
Total change 11,555 4.37

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 -1.13
Increase in collection fund surplus and effect of extra Council Tax payers in the County -0.25
Council Tax change 5.99

Spending on major projects

We are planning to spend £73M on land, buildings, roads and equipment in 2018-19, including £14.4M on our Basic Needs School Places programme, and £10.6M 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

2018-2019 Basic amount£1,406.34
Band A £937.56
Band B £1,093.82
Band C £1,250.08
Band D £1,406.34
Band E £1,718.86
Band F £2,031.38
Band G


Band H £2,812.68

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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