Council Tax Charge Details 2014/15

The Band D charge in the Borough excluding the Parishes, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Authority and Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley requirements is £926.40, representing a 2% decrease over the previous year.

Including the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Authority, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley and average Parish Precept, the Band D charge is £1,185.76 representing a decrease year on year of approximately 1.2%.

The charge is made up of four elements:

1. Borough Council Charge

This Council decides how much it needs to collect in order to provide its services effectively (refuse collection, street cleaning, leisure centres and swimming pools, parks and recreation grounds, car and coach parks, planning and building control, environmental health, education, social services, highways, traffic management and road safety, transport, fire, waste disposal, courts and probation, libraries, etc.)

The Council's budget requirement for 2014/15 is £88.4m - of which approximately £30m is paid for by the Government in grant, the rest must be met by local Council Tax payers.

Your Guide to Council Tax 2014-15 gives details of the Council's spending plans, etc, and which is sent out with the annual bill.

2. Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Authority Charge

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Authority (RBFRA) tells this Council how much to collect to enable them to provide Fire and Rescue services.

The RBFRA requirement in 2014/15 is £3.78m, which equates to a Band D charge of £60.66, the same figure as 2013/14.

The RBFRA element accounts for approximately 5% of the total Council Tax charge.

3. Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley Charge

Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley tells this Council how much to collect to enable them to provide Police services.

In 2014/15 the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley's requirement is £10.01m which equates to a Band D Council Tax charge of £160.51 - representing an approximate 2% increase over the previous year.

This Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley element accounts for approximately 14% of the total Council Tax charge. A leaflet from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley is available giving details of spending plans.

4. Parish Council Charges

Each Parish Council tells this Council how much to collect to enable them to provide their services (recreation grounds, allotments, footpath lighting, local planning issues, Parish administration, village halls etc). Find out the contact details for the Parish Councils in the Royal Borough.

In 2014/15 the total parish requirement is £1,166,790 and the Band D Council Tax figures for individual Parishes are as follows:-

Parish Charge
Bisham £34.07
Bray £32.60
Cookham £31.55
Cox Green £36.89
Datchet £83.90
Eton £34.74
Horton

£51.60

Hurley £32.74
Old Windsor £53.30
Shottesbrooke £ NIL
Sunningdale £27.68
Sunninghill & Ascot £25.38
Waltham St Lawrence £22.05
White Waltham £84.92
Wraysbury £29.80

The Parish element accounts for approx 3% of the Total Council Tax charge.

Maidenhead and Windsor Towns - Special expenses element

Since the main towns of Maidenhead and Windsor do not have a Parish Council, an amount referred to as 'special expenses' is levied to cover service costs equivalent to Parish charges above.

In 2014/15 the total special expenses required is £944,000 and the Band D Council Tax figure for Maidenhead and Windsor towns is £29.89 (the 2013/14 figure was £30.50).

NB. Since the tax setting process is an economic and political decision, there is no right of appeal against the level of charge set by Councils; the only recourse is to make your views known to your local Councillor(s).

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Modified: 2014-03-19
Published: Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:58:09
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