Council Tax billing information 2021/22

Council Tax is an annual charge made on residents to pay for services provided in their area.

Although Hart District Council collects Council Tax, we pass nearly 90% of it on to:

  • Hampshire County Council
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire
  • Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority
  • Your local Parish Council

Here you can view a breakdown of each organisation’s charges.

We have received a large number of queries from residents regarding the County Council element of Council Tax and the breakdown between the main general expenditure of the County Council and County Council Adult Social Care (ASC) elements.

2021-22 the County Council increased their overall precept by 4.99%, with 1.99% of that overall amount going towards their main general expenditure and 3% of that overall amount going towards ASC (split and shown on your bill to one decimal place as 2.0% and 3.0% respectively). 

For an average Band ‘D’ address, the way their 4.99% increase calculation is carried out is as follows:

1.

2020/21 total County Council Precept

£1,286.28          

(£1,174.45 general + £111.83 ASC)

 

2.

2% increase for General County Council  Precept

£     25.59            

(£1,286.28 x 1.99%)

 

3.

3% increase for County Council Adult Social Care Precept

£     38.58            

(£1,286.28 x 3.00%)

4.

2021/22 County Council Precept      (with 5% increase)

£1,350.45

 

Above increases are reflected over two precept lines on the bill

 

Therefore, if you add the general precept increase of 1.99% (£25.59), as shown above, to last year’s general precept charge of £1,174.45 you get £1,200.04, as detailed on your 2021-22 bill.

 

If you then take the Adult Social Care increase of 3.00% (£38.58), as shown above, and add that to the accumulating value of last year’s ASC precept charge of £111.83 you get £150.41, as detailed on your bill.

 

It would be much more straight forward if we could just show one total precept amount for the County Council on the bills, i.e. the overall 4.99% increase on one line, but unfortunately we are not permitted to do that. The presentation on the Council Tax bills for their precept(s), including how the percentage increases are shown, is prescribed by Government legislation and is being used throughout the country.