Annual report 2021/22

How we calculate your Council Tax bill

We have calculated Council Tax bills to make sure we reach the required budget for 2021/22. The table below shows how our net expenditure budget of £153.3m translates to an average yearly bill for a Swindon resident.

Swindon Borough Council budget~
Less central government funding - Revenue Support Grant
Less business rates income
Add collection fund deficit - Council Tax #
Balance paid by Council Tax payers
Divided by number of Band D equivalent homes **
Average Council Tax amount for Band D properties the borough
Add average Band D amount for Adult Social Care precept
Add amount per household for the police authority
Add amount per household for the fire authority
Add average parish precept
Average Band D Council Tax amount 


~ This includes £12.7m, which is the amount raised from element of our charge that relates to the increased cost of adult social care.

# In recent years, we have been able to factor in a surplus on the collection fund, reflecting the continued growth in its taxbase, reduction in Council Tax Support claimants and performance in collecting amounts due. As a result of COVID-19 the surplus previously anticipated to support the 2020/21 budget did not arise and this directly affects the calculation of the balance as at 31 March 2021. Reflecting this, the deficit on the collection fund is estimated to be £926k, of which the council’s share is £778k

** The number of Band D equivalent homes is a notional figure which takes into account the weighting given to each home when calculating the Council Tax (known as the tax base). For example, one Band A home is 6/9ths of a Band D equivalent, while a Band H home is twice a Band D equivalent. The tax base for 2021/22 is £76,260.30, a rise of £381.40 (0.5%) from the equivalent figure for 2020/21.

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