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Text from council tax explained leaflet 2017

COUNCIL TAX EXPLAINED (text from leaflet with 2017/18 council tax bills)

Each £1 you pay to NFDC in council tax is then shared between five organisations:

10p Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire
10p New Forest District Council
5p Town and Parish Councils
4p Hampshire Fire and Rescue
71p Hampshire County Council
(Figures rounded to nearest 1p)

New Forest District Council (NFDC) collects all of the council tax you pay, and then we pass it on to other local public services (who each set their own amounts of council tax).

An average household in the New Forest (Band D) council tax pays £1,603.72 a year
to pay for services including social care, roads and schools.

Hampshire County Council receives the largest share
The remainder goes to police and fire services, New Forest District Council, town and parish councils

The average amount of council tax paid per household to NFDC each year is £163.36, around £3.14 a week
(Exact amounts will vary depending on which town or parish you live in and the banding of your property.)

Where your council tax goes:

Hampshire  County Council  £1,133.10
Police (Police and Crime  Commissioner for Hampshire) £165.46
New Forest District Council £163.36
Town/parish £77.96 (average)
Fire (Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service) £63.84

The council tax you pay to NFDC helps cover the cost of services you probably know about, like collecting your rubbish, street cleaning, and planning. But did you know your £163.36 a year also pays* for housing advice and homelessness prevention, public toilets, CCTV in towns and villages, cemeteries, caring for the coastline, grass cutting, taxi licencing, air quality monitoring, running elections, stray dogs, food hygiene, tree maintenance, community and leisure services, and pest control?
(This excludes the cost of council housing which is covered by rent received from tenants)

*Our total spend for 2017/18 is budgeted to be £85 million
We get income from services (for example, car parking and health and leisure centres), business rates, interest paid, and grants from government - which leaves £11 million to be funded from council tax.


Published: 2 Mar 2017
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