Adult Social Care Precept

What is the Adult Social Care precept?

In response to funding pressures on adult social care services, in 2016/17 the government introduced the Adults Social Care Precept, which allowed Councils that provide social care to adults to increase their share of Council Tax by up to an extra 2% (above the referendum threshold) for each year between 2016/17 and 2019/20. Between 2017/18 and 2019/20 this could be up to 3%, but the total increase over the 3 years could not exceed 6%. This was subsequently extended to include 2020/21 and in November 2020 the Government announced that local authorities would also be able to levy a precept of up to 3% for 2021/22. 

The precept is shown as a separate charge on your council tax bill.

We (Telford & Wrekin Council) took the decision to increase the Adults Social Care Precept each year by 2% between 2016/17 and 2020/21 and by 3% in 2021/22.

The income generated from this charge is ring-fenced, meaning it can only be used for Adult Social Care services.

How do we ensure this precept is spent on Adult Social Care?

As part of the process of setting our budget the Chief Finance Officer is required to confirm in writing to Central Government that we will use the income generated from the Adult Social Care precept. The budget for Adult Social Care must increase from what it would otherwise have been to least the amount raised from this precept.

In 2021/22 the Adult Social Care precept will raise the Council a total of £8.533m which will be fully invested in Adult Social Care services. View more information on the Adult Social Care services that we provide.

Last updated: 21/04/2021 09:02