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Budget 2016/2017

The County Council set its budget for 2016-2017 at £131.5m which has resulted in a Council Tax increase of 5.0%. The Revenue Support Grant and National Non Domestic Rates payable to the Council has decreased by 2.3% compared with 2015-2016 after allowing for grant transfers into the settlement.

The Council also collects Council Tax for the Dyfed-Powys Police (0% increase) and the Town and Community Councils (1.98% average increase). Overall the Council Tax bill for band D properties increased by 4.16%.

The Welsh Government sets a STANDARD SPENDING ASSESSMENT for Councils each year. This is the figure which the Government assesses as the amount required to provide a standard level of service in that area. Ceredigion County Council’s 2016-2017 Standard Spending Assessment is £131.3m.

A programme of capital investment totalling £18m is planned for 2016-2017.

The Council anticipates the following spending on services in 2016-2017:

  2016-2017 BUDGET
  Gross Expenditure Income Grants Net Expenditure
Services £000's £000's £000's £000's
Leadership Group 884 10 0 874
Legal & Democratic 2,776 292 140 2,344
Performance and Economy 4,716 1,130 754 2,832
Finance 18,826 1,224 18,760 -1,158
ICT & Customer 1,454 353 15 1,086
Human Resources and Health and Safety 866 0 177 689
Families & Children 10,035 674 1,139 8,222
Adult Social Care 42,955 12,253 3,112 27,590
Lifestyle 10,908 2,779 640 7,489
Learning 76,107 5,164 8,310 62,633
Policy Support 2,754 70 1,371 1,313
Municipal & Environmental 28,791 4,671 4,188 19,932
Cost of Council Services 201,072 28,620 38,606 133,846
Contributions from Reserves (6,516)     (6,516)
Contingency 55     55
Capital Expenditure charged to the General Fund 225     225
Levies and Precepts:        
Fire Service 3,697     3,697
Environmental Agency Industrial Drainage 8     8
Town and Community Council Precepts 918     918
Budget Requirement 199,459 28,620 38,606 132,233
Add: Discretionary Rate Relief 148     148
  199,607     132,381
Financed by:        
Specific Grants 38,606      
Other Income 28,620      
Welsh Government Revenue Support Grant 97,011     97,011
Met By: Council Tax Payers 35,370     35,370


RESERVES are necessary to meet known future commitments and also to fund expenditure prior to receipt of income.  Reserves are also desirable to meet unexpected expenditure or a shortfall in income.  The estimated balances of the Council's reserves are as follows:

Estimated Balance Estimated Balance
31.03.2016 31.03.2017
£000's £000's
Earmarked Reserves 12,036 6,520
General Fund 4,239 4,239
Total 16,275 10,759


The basic Council Tax is payable in respect of Band 'D' dwellings, whilst a fraction of this amount is payable for dwellings in other bands.  The gross Council Tax payable for the County Council and Dyfed-Powys Police purposes is shown below:-

Band Dwelling value from Dwelling Value up to Fraction of Basic Tax Ceredigion Council Dyfed Powys-Police
£ £ £    p £    p
A 44,000 6/9ths 749.12 133.38
B 44,001 65,000 7/9ths 873.97 155.61
C 65,001 91,000 8/9ths 998.83 177.84
D 91,001 123,000 9/9ths 1,123.68 200.07
E 123,001 162,000 11/9ths 1,373.39 244.53
F 162,001 223,000 13/9ths 1,623.09 288.99
G 223,001 324,000 15/9ths 1,872.80 333.45
H 324,001 424,000 18/9ths 2,247.36 400.14
I 424,001  -  21/9ths 2,621.92 466.83


An additional special item is payable in respect of Town/Community Councils precepts as set out in the table below:

COUNCIL TAX SPECIAL ITEMS 2016-2017
Community or Town Precept 2015-2016 Precept 2016-2017 Council Tax (Band D)
  £    p £    p £    p
Aberystwyth 254,383.56 264,034.00 74.69
Aberaeron 36,277.00 36,606.00 50.42
Cardigan 81,946.80 81,946.80 47.60
Lampeter 41,000.00 41,000.00 45.19
New Quay 15,007.09 15,757.49 22.03
Borth 18,833.75 18,814.25 26.45
Ceulanamaesmawr 12,500.00 12,000.00 29.02
Blaenrheidol 3,450.00 3,550.00 17.77
Genau'r Glyn 7,000.00 7,500.00 23.15
Llanbadarn Fawr 32,091.00 32,091.00 38.23
Llangynfelin 7,700.00 8,000.00 30.98
Llanfarian 14,700.00 13,230.00 18.78
Llangwyryfon 2,600.00 2,600.00 10.42
Llanilar 7,200.00 7,200.00 16.30
Llanrhystud 8,500.00 8,500.00 19.69
Melindwr 7,000.00 7,000.00 14.38
Pontarfynach 3,500.00 3,500.00 15.34
Tirymynach 17,000.00 18,000.00 21.64
Trawsgoed 4,500.00 4,500.00 10.57
Trefeurig 13,000.00 13,000.00 18.17
Faenor 15,589.00 17,458.00 22.59
Ysgubor-y-Coed 3,200.00 3,200.00 20.23
Llanddewi Brefi 7,000.00 8,000.00 28.32
Llangeitho 5,500.00 5,500.00 14.94
Lledrod 1,500.00 1,500.00 5.14
Nantcwnlle 2,000.00 2,000.00 5.56
Tregaron 16,500.00 17,500.00 33.08
Ysbyty Ystwyth 2,000.00 2,000.00 10.22
Ystrad Fflur 7,070.00 7,070.00 23.14
Ystrad Meurig 2,621.91 2,682.43 17.00
Ciliau Aeron 3,800.00 3,800.00 9.46
Henfynyw 5,000.00 5,500.00 11.46
Llanarth 8,000.00 8,000.00 10.83
Llandysiliogogo 6,180.00 6,180.00 11.68
Llanfair Clydogau 3,500.00 3,500.00 11.83
Llanfihangel Ystrad 9,000.00 9,000.00 14.59
Llangybi 2,300.00 3,000.00 11.21
Llanllwchaearn 8,500.00 8,500.00 19.03
Llansantffraed 13,600.00 11,940.00 22.89
Llanwenog 7,000.00 8,000.00 14.07
Llanwnnen 3,200.00 3,200.00 15.90
Dyffryn Arth 10,000.00 6,000.00 11.30
Aberporth 40,647.57 41,088.36 37.29
Beulah 18,000.00 20,000.00 24.41
Llandyfriog 10,000.00 11,000.00 14.03
Llandysul 32,455.72 39,007.00 32.74
Llangoedmor 22,000.00 24,000.00 42.38
Llangrannog 8,000.00 8,000.00 19.57
Penbryn 8,000.00 9,250.00 13.57
Troedyraur 8,000.00 8,000.00 12.80
Y Ferwig 15,750.00 15,000.00 25.15
Total 894,103.40 917,705.33