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2018/19 adult social care charges explained

The government has put in place changes to the way in which council tax can be used to fund adult social care service. In this area, adult social care is run by Lancashire County Council. The changes mean that councils who run adult social care services can charge an additional "precept" on the whole charge - separate from the increase applied to general funding.

From 2018/19, Lancashire County Council has increased its overall charge by 5.99%. 3% of the increase is to fund adult social care and 2.99% is to fund general expenditure.

The amount charged during 2017/18 by Lancashire County Council for a band D property was £1,221.74 and £46.10 of this charge related to adult social care. 

In 2018/19 Lancashire County Council's charge for a band D property will incrase to £1,294.92. This is an overall rise of 5.99% on last year, which includes £82.75 to fund adult social care.

The adult social care element has increased by 3% or £36.65 on the overall charge.

This is calculated as follows:

£36.65 (the amount of adult social care increase) divided by £1,221.74 (last year's overall charge) multiplied by 100 (to give a percentage figure).

  2017/18 Charge 2018/19 charge Overall increase Amount increase
  £ £ % £
General  expenditure  1,175.64 1,212.17 2.99% 36.53
Adult social care expenditure 46.10 82.75 3.00% 36.65
Overall charge 1,221.74 1,294.92 5.99% 73.18

The way that we work out this increase and show it on our council tax bills is prescribed by The Council Tax (Demand Notices) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017. Please note that by law we must show increase on the bill to the nearest decimal point - which means that in this case a 2.99% Lancashire County Council general expenditure increase shows as 3.0%. 

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