Annual report 2019-20

Our budget and your Council Tax

These pages offer information about our budget for the financial year 2019/20, and how we spend taxpayers’ money. The information does not include detailed figures, but instead gives an overview to try and make our complex finances more understandable. You can find more detail on the Council and Democracy website.

This year Council Tax bills came with a small booklet explaining more about Council Tax and the work we're doing. You can download a PDF version of this document here:

Our budget - where your money comes from

What we call our "budget" is the amount of money we need to spend in a financial year. This runs from 1 April to 31 March the following year. We currently receive our money from:

  • Council Tax
  • business rates
  • central government (Revenue Support Grant)
  • fees, charges and other sources

Council Tax

Amount raised: £103.2m
Percentage of total: 21%

This comes from householders in the borough of Swindon who are eligible to pay Council Tax. The amount you are charged depends on the location and value of the property.

Business rates

Amount raised: £35m
Percentage of total: 7%

Business rates are like Council Tax, but for businesses instead of residents. Businesses in the borough pay the tax based on the size and value of their business property. They also vary depending on the type of business. Business rates are collected by councils and then shared between central government, the fire authority and the council. In Swindon, we retain 49% of the total amount we collect. The government has indicated they want to change this in the future and let councils keep more of the business rates they collect.

Central government (Revenue Support Grant)

Amount raised: £4.3m
Percentage of total: 1%

We took up an offer of a multi-year settlement from the government, which provides certainty over our Revenue Support Grant until 2019-20. Over the past several years this grant has been decreasing and is due to disappear completely by 2020. The Revenue Support Grant we receive has reduced from £8.9m in 2018/19 to £4.3m for 2019/20. (It reduced from £13.6m to £8.9m the year before.)

Fees, charges and other sources

Amount raised: £346.5m
Percentage of total: 71%

We raise income through some services and other sources. These include:

  • car parking
  • planning applications
  • fines
  • client contributions for care packages
  • grants and contributions for specific projects 

Some income raised contributes to the cost involved in providing the service that generated the income. Some income goes into our general fund to pay for all services.

See: What we need to spend - Income and expenditure by service area

Archived Council Tax expenditure

To view annual report and Council Tax documents from previous years, visit our directory record:


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