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Scarborough

Borough Council

BUDGET

£000's

2011/12

2012/13

CHANGE

Community Fire Safety

Firefighting and Rescue

FS Emergency Planning

Management and Support

Pensions

3,120.97

25,949.61

75.80

616.72

3,000.00

3,154.07

26,224.77

76.61

623.25

3,019.60

33.09

275.16

0.80

6.54

19.60

Gross Expenditure

32,763.10

33,098.30

335.20

Income including Reserves

(14,157.30)

(14,433.70)

276.40

Council Tax Requirement

18,605.80

18,664.60

58.80

The increase in Gross Expenditure between years is due

mainly to the cost of buildings and equipment.This increased

cost has not affected the level of Council Tax for 2012/2013

for households which remains the same as 2011/2012.

Further information on the budget is available at

www.northyorksfire.gov.uk/about-us/financialinformation/accounts

or on request by telephoning 01609 788 150

For all your enquiries contact

Your Council Tax

explained

2012 - 2013

Town Hall

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Scarborough

YO11 2HG

tel: 01723 232323

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WHERE YOUR COUNCIL TAX GOES

In 2012/13 people who live in the Scarborough Borough will pay £64.66 million in Council

Tax, including Town and Parish Precepts. This money will go to the following:

Scarborough Borough Council

Town and Parish Precepts

North Yorkshire County Council

North Yorkshire Police Authority

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service

£8.80m

£0.74m

£44.02m

£8.51m

£2.59m

(0% increase)

(5.55% increase)

(0% increase)

(0% increase)

(0% increase)

These authorities will also get money from the Government and from Fees and Charges to

pay for the services they provide.

The Borough Council collects the money on behalf of all the authorities and the total per

Band, which is the same as 2011/12, is shown in the table below.

How your Council tax is split:

BAND

SCARBOROUGH

BOROUGH COUNCIL

NORTH YORKSHIRE

COUNTY COUNCIL

NORTH YORKSHIRE

POLICE AUTHORITY

NORTH YORKSHIRE

FIRE & RESCUE

TOTAL

A £140.87 £704.99 £136.37 £41.40 £1,023.63

B £164.35 £822.48 £159.09 £48.30 £1,194.22

C £187.83 £939.98 £181.82 £55.20 £1,364.83

D £211.31 £1,057.48 £204.55 £62.10 £1,535.44

E £258.27 £1,292.48 £250.01 £75.90 £1,876.66

F £305.23 £1,527.47 £295.46 £89.70 £2,217.86

G £352.18 £1,762.47 £340.92 £103.50 £2,559.07

H £422.62 £2,114.96 £409.10 £124.20 £3,070.88

If you have a Parish or Town Council in your area your final bill will also include a

contribution to them. Your bill will give you the full details. The average total cost for a

Band D property, including the Parish Precept, is £1,553.42 (2011/12: £1,552.48)


COUNCIL TAX BUDGET INFORMATION

2011/12 (£s)

17,733,990

708,079

18,442,069

(2,114,506)

(6,840,784)

9,486,779

43,932,372

8,497,907

2,579,783

55,010,062

Council Tax Requirements

Scarborough Borough Council Net Expenditure

Town and Parish Precepts

Total Scarborough Borough Council Budget Requirement

Less:

Revenue Support Grant

Re-distributed Non-Domestic Rates

Total Scarborough Borough Council Tax Requirement

North Yorkshire County Council Precept

North Yorkshire Police Authority

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority Precept

Total Council Tax Requirement

2012/13 (£s)

17,045,560

748,349

17,793,909

(156,858)

(8,091,812)

9,545,239

44,023,421

8,515,519

2,585,088

55,124,028

Gross

Expenditure

£000

Income

£000

Net

Expenditure

£000

Summary of Revenue Expenditure and

Income on Borough Council Activities

Gross

Expenditure

£000

Income

£000

Net

Expenditure

£000

2011/2012

12,454

11,691

12,999

4,677

39,788

3,811

15,188

100,608

10,745

4,768

4,494

8,067

38,219

2,335

14,018

82,646

1,709

6,923

8,505

(3,390)

1,569

1,476

1,170

17,962

Central Services

Culture and Related Services

Environmental & Regulatory Services

Highways and Transport Services

Housing Services

Planning Services

Other Services

12,082

11,245

12,859

4,827

40,207

3,325

15,250

99,795

11,288

4,718

4,342

7,651

38,433

1,699

14,541

82,672

794

6,527

8,517

(2,824)

1,774

1,626

709

17,123

2012/2013

(250)

22

Contributions from Reserves

Levy by Muston & Yedingham Drainage Board

(100)

23

17,734

Total Net Expenditure

17,046

Reason for Changes to Budget

£000

£000

Base Budget for 2011 / 2012

Unavoidable Costs

Investments in Priority Areas

17,734

1,646

160

Efficiency Savings

Other Savings

New Homes Bonus

Budget Requirement 2012 / 2013

(1,413)

(796)

(285)

17,046


COUNCIL TAX EXPLANATORY NOTES

Exempt dwellings

Some dwellings are exempt, including properties

occupied only by students and vacant properties

which:

• are unfurnished (exempt for up to six months)

from the date the circumstances first applied.

• are unoccupied and owned by a charity (exempt

for up to six months).

• require, or are undergoing, structural alteration

or major repair (exempt for up to 12 months

from the date circumstances first applied).

• are left empty by someone who has gone into

prison or has moved in order to receive personal

care in hospital or home or elsewhere.

• are left empty by someone who has moved in

order to provide personal care to another person.

• are waiting for probate or letters of administration

to be granted (and for up to six months after).

• have been repossessed.

• are the responsibility of a bankrupt’s trustee.

• are empty because their occupation is forbidden

by law.

• are waiting to be occupied by a minister of

religion.

• are empty caravan pitches or boat moorings.

• are occupied by persons under 18.

• are empty and form part of another dwelling

which is prohibited from being let separately.

• are occupied by persons who are severely

mentally impaired.

• are the responsibility of a diplomat.

• consist of an annex or similar self-contained

part of a property which is occupied by an

elderly or disabled relative of the residents

living in the rest of the property.

Benefits

Claiming Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit

ensures that tenants and owner occupiers also

receiving Jobseekers Allowance (income-based),

Pension Credit (Guarantee Credit) or Income Support

will normally have no Council Tax to pay, and that

people on low incomes will have their Council Tax

bills reduced.

Details are available from the Benefits Office by

telephoning freephone 0800 0830428.

People with disabilities

If you or someone living with you needs an extra

room, bathroom or extra space to use a wheelchair

indoors because of a disability, you may be entitled

to a reduction. Please contact the Local Taxation

Section on 01723 232378.

Council Tax Bands and Appeals to the

Valuation Officer

Properties are put into a valuation band based on

their value on 1 April 1991, not what the property is

worth today.

You can appeal, in certain circumstances, to the

Valuation Officer if you consider that the Council

Tax Band applied to your property is wrong. The

grounds for appealing are restricted.

For further details please write to the Valuation

Office Agency, King William House, Market Place,

Hull HU1 1RT.

Tel: 03000 501501. www.voa.gov.uk

Appeals - to the Council

You can appeal to the Council if you consider:

• you are not the correct person to be charged

• the property should be exempt

• there has been an error calculating the amount due.

You should write to:

Local Taxation Section, PO Box 147, Town Hall,

Scarborough YO11 2HG


Discounts

The full Council Tax bill assumes that there are two

adults living in a dwelling (the main home). If only one

adult lives in a dwelling, the Council Tax bill will be

reduced by 25%. People will not be counted when

determining the number of adults resident in a dwelling

if they meet certain conditions:

• full-time students, student nurses, apprentices

and Youth Training trainees

• patients resident in hospital

• people who are being looked after in certain care

homes registered with the Care Quality Commission

• care workers working for low pay, usually for charities

• 18 and 19 year olds who are at, or have just left,

school

• people who are severely mentally impaired

• people staying in certain hostels or night shelters

• members of religious communities (monks & nuns)

• people caring for someone with a disability who

is not a spouse, partner or child under 18

• members of visiting forces and certain

international institutions

• people in prison (except those in prison for nonpayment

of Council Tax or a fine)

• diplomats and their spouses

There is a provision to award discretionary discounts

in exceptional circumstances under Section 13A of the

Local Government Finance Act 1992.

If your bill indicates that a discount has been allowed,

you must tell your billing authority of any change of

circumstance which affects your entitlement.

If you fail to do so, or knowingly supply false

information to claim a discount, you will be

required to pay back the discount claimed and an

additional financial penalty maybe imposed.

Parish & Town Councils spending more than £140,000 in 2012/13

Whitby precept 2011/2012 2012/2013

SERVICES

Total

spending

Total

income

Net

spending

Total

spending

Total

income

Net

spending

Administration

Precept

Building Management

Grants

Civic & Councillors

Other Services

161,950

0

63,050

4,750

19,350

8,000

28,100

229,000

0

0

0

0

133,850

0

63,050

4,750

19,350

8,000

173,175

0

50,575

2,750

19,850

10,750

28,100

229,000

0

0

0

0

145,075

0

50,575

2,750

19,850

10,750

TOTAL

257,100

257,100

229,000

257,100

257,100

229,000

Data Protection

Information on Local Taxes are held on a computer system registered under the Data Protection Act 1998. In order to protect public

funds, the information you have provided may be used or shared with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public

funds to prevent and detect fraud. We may also share this information with other departments within the Local Authority if it is

necessary to carry out statutory functions.


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