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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 28 November, 2014

 

Report of the Leader

 

Council Tax Base 2015-16

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To approve the council tax base for 2015-16

Recommendations

1.         That pursuant to this report and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) Regulations, the amount calculated by The Vale of Glamorgan Council as its Council Tax Base for the year 2015-16 shall be :-

·           For the whole area:                            55,980

·           For the area of Town and Community Councils:

Barry

18,882

Pendoylan

343

Colwinston

278

Penllyn

982

Cowbridge with Llanblethian

2,522

Peterston-Super-Ely

552

Dinas Powys

3,584

Rhoose

2,719

Ewenny

426

St. Athan

1,351

Llancarfan

462

St. Brides Major

1,118

Llandough

912

St. Donats

195

Llandow

424

St. Georges & St. Brides-Super-Ely

240

Llanfair

372

St. Nicholas & Bonvilston

523

Llangan

386

Sully & Lavernock

2,481

Llan-maes

237

Welsh St. Donats

311

Llantwit Major

4,019

Wenvoe

1,029

Michaelston

219

Wick

377

Penarth

11,036

 

 

 

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         It is essential that the Council Tax Base is set in order that it can be submitted to the Welsh Government and used by Councils and levying bodies to set precepts.

Background

2.         The Council at its meeting on 7th December 2005 (min 669) agreed that the setting of the Council Tax Base should be delegated to the Executive.

3.         The draft council tax base has been submitted to the Welsh Government (WG) in line with their initial deadline of 7th November 2014.  The figure needs to be confirmed by the Executive in order to meet the deadline of agreeing the final Council Tax Base by 31st December 2014.  The final ratified tax base has to be returned to WG by 2nd January 2015. 

4.         The Tax Base will be used by the Council to calculate the Council Tax for 2015-16, and by the Police and Crime Commissioner for South Wales and levying bodies to apportion precepts from 1 April 2015.

Relevant Issues and Options

5.         The Tax Base is calculated as follows -

·           take the number of dwellings for the area in each valuation band;

·           adjust for estimated changes to the list in the year i.e. additions, reductions (including those for disabled adaptations), deletions and exemptions;

·           reduce by the estimated number of discounts allowed, incorporating the policy on discounts for unoccupied properties;

·           convert each Band to a Band D equivalent by applying the appropriate multiplier e.g. for Band A multiply by 6 divide by 9;

·           sum the Band D equivalent of each band;

·           multiply this by the estimated collection rate;

·           add the Band D equivalent of Class O properties i.e. dwellings owned by Ministry of Defence.

6.         The following assumptions have been made -

·           the calculations are based on data available to the Council at 31st October 2014;

·           the collection rate will be  97.0%;     

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

7.         The Council Tax Base is used by the Welsh Government in determining the Revenue Support Grant settlement.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

8.         None

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

9.         The calculation is in accordance with the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (Wales) Regulations 1995 (SI 1995/2561 as amended by SI 1999/2935 and the Local Authorities (Calculation of Council Tax Base) and Council Tax (Prescribed Classes of Dwellings) (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2004) SI 2004/3094.

Crime and Disorder Implications

10.      None.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

11.      None.

Corporate/Service Objectives

12.      The setting of the Council Tax Base supports the service objective of collecting revenues in respect of Council Tax.

Policy Framework and Budget

13.      Setting the council tax base has been delegated by the Council to the Executive under the Local Authorities Executive Arrangements (Functions and Responsibilities) (Wales) Regulations, 2004.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

14.      Setting the Council Tax Base is a technical exercise and has not been subject to consultation.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

15.      Corporate Resources

Background Papers

CT 1 return

Letter from WG October 2014 – Approval of the Council Tax Base

 

Contact Officer

Alan Jenkins

 

Officers Consulted

Revenues and Benefits Manager

Council Tax Manager

Principal Accountant

 

Responsible Officer:

Head of Finance

 

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