Your council tax bill explained

Council tax increase for adult social care

Adult social care
Adult social care

The government has allowed councils that provide social care to adults to increase their share of council tax by up to an extra 2% in comparison to last year’s council tax.

This additional council tax charge is called the adult social care precept.

This precept is shown as a separate charge on your council tax bill and is included in your monthly council tax payments.

The income generated from this charge is ring-fenced, meaning it can only be used for adult social care services.

Staffordshire County Council provides adult social care in Lichfield District, and we collect this charge on their behalf. Find out about the services they provide.

Statement concerning adult social care funding

We are required to publish the below statement on our website in relation to the adult social care precept.

The secretary of state made an offer to adult social care authorities. Adult social care authorities are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional precept on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the secretary of state chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

Find out more about the increase for adult social care.