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Adult social care precept information

The Secretary of State 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. These authorities are:

  • 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
  • Council of the Isles of Scilly

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional "precept" (meaning a rule for an action) on its Council Tax without holding a referendum. This was to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016 to 2017. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019 to 2020.

If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons. 

For 2024 to 2025, the maximum permitted increase in the adult social care precept is 2%.

For adult social care authorities, Council Tax demand notices show two percentage increases:

  • one for the part of the overall change for the adult social care precept
  • one for the part for general expenditure.

The adult social care precept contribution of £2,237,842 will help reduce the funding gap in the adult social care budget.

How we calculate the increase

We calculate the increase across the whole charge not just the individual adult social care precept. 

The overall increase for Gateshead Council including the adult social care precept is 4.99%. This includes an increase of 2.98% for Gateshead Council budget and 2% for the adult social care precept for 2024 to 2025. 

These increases will be shown on the bill as 2.9% and 2% due to rounding up.

This example shows the calculation for increasing the charge for a band D property:

  • adult social care precept for 2023-2024 was £272.70 and the Gateshead Council precept was £1797.84 which was a total of £2,070.54
  • adult social care precept for 2024-2025 is £314.11 and the Gateshead Council precept is £1,859.66 which is a total of £2,173.77 

When comparing precepts across financial years it may appear that the percentage increase to each precept is higher, 2% for the adult social care precept and 2.98% for Gateshead Council. This is because the percentage increase is applied to the whole charge for the previous years rather than individual precepts.

Police and Fire Authority

The Police have increased their band D precept by the maximum amount available which was £13 per Band D, shown on the bill as 7.7%. 

The Fire Authority has increased their band D precept by £2.76, shown on the bill as 2.9%