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Adult Social Care precept information

Since 2016, the government has allowed the council to charge an additional amount of Council Tax each year to help cover the cost of adult social care. Please see the additional information from the government for more details about this.

Adult social care services include helping people to live independently in their own homes or in residential care where necessary. Adults with physical and learning disabilities are also supported and funded by adult social care. Some people are required to contribute towards the cost of their care if they meet set criteria (e.g. their level of savings and income), others need financial support from the council. This extra increase in Council Tax is called the adult social care precept and can only be used to fund adult social care.

For 2019-20 there has been an additional Council Tax increase of 1% for residents of Gateshead in respect of the Government's charge for adult social care expenditure.

How is the 1% adult social care charge for 2019-20 calculated?

This is the combined total of your 2018-19 'Gateshead Council' charge and the 2018-19 'adult social care' charge which is then increased by 1%.  

Band2018-19 Gateshead Council charge plus the 2018-19 adult social care charge1% adult social care calculated for 2019-20

I live in a band A property, why is the amount for adult social care which is shown on my 2019-20 Council Tax bill different from the £11.24 amount shown for the adult social care increase in the above table?

The Government has stated that each Council Tax bill must show the total amount that has been raised for adult social care since 2016-17 and not just the amount that has been raised for 2019-20.  

The following table shows the amount that has been raised for adult social care each year from 2016-17, it is this amount that must be shown on your 2019-20 Council Tax bill for the property band that you live in.

Adult Social Care raised by year
Band2016-2017 (2%)2017-2018 (3%)2018-2019 (2%)2019-20 (1%)Total adult social care precept raised as shown on your 2019-20 council tax bill

Information from the government

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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