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Budget 2017/2018

The County Council set its budget for 2017-2018 at £135.2m which has resulted in a Council Tax increase of 4.0%.  The Revenue Support Grant and National Non Domestic Rates payable to the Council has increased by 0.9% compared with 2016-2017 after allowing for grant transfers into the settlement.

The Council also collects Council Tax for the Dyfed-Powys Police (6.9% increase) and the Town and Community Councils (1.04% average increase).  Overall the Council Tax bill for band D properties increased by 4.36%.

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 2017-2018 Standard Spending Assessment is £134.2m.

A programme of capital investment totalling £14m is planned for 2017-2018.

The Council anticipates the following spending on services in 2017-2018:

   2017-2018 BUDGET
  Gross Expenditure Income Grants Net Expenditure
Services £000's £000's £000's £000's
Leadership Group 1,109 0 0 1,109
Legal & Democratic 2,793 297 0 2,496
Performance and Economy 5,121 1,199 1,443 2,479
Finance 7,233 730 17,423                   (10,920)
ICT & Customer 1,683 353 0 1,330
Human Resources and Health and Safety 833 20 207 606
Families & Children 9,904 647 1,136 8,121
Adult Social Care and Commissioning 45,167 13,799 3,217 28,151
Lifestyle 10,692 2,262 675 7,755
Learning 74,830 4,693 8,247 61,890
Policy Support 2,871 59 1,379 1,433
Technical 40,656 4,643 4,222 31,791
Cost of Council Services 202,892 28,702 37,949 136,241
Contributions from Reserves                    (5,104)                        (5,104)
Contingency                        114                            114
Capital Expenditure charged to the General Fund                         (27)                             (27)
Levies and Precepts:        
Fire Service                     3,829                         3,829
Environmental Agency Industrial Drainage                            8                                8
Town and Community Council Precepts 964     964
Budget Requirement 202,676 28,702 37,949 136,025
Add: Discretionary Rate Relief                         148                            148
  202,824     136,173
Financed by:        
Specific Grants 37,949      
Other Income 28,702      
Aggregate External Finance  97,937     97,937
Met By: Council Tax Payers 38,236     38,236


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
31.03.2017 31.03.2018
£000's £000's
Earmarked Reserves 12,577 7,473
General Fund 4,806 4,806
Total 17,383 12,279


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 779.09 142.58
B 44,001 65,000 7/9ths 908.93 166.34
C 65,001 91,000 8/9ths 1,038.78 190.11
D 91,001 123,000 9/9ths 1,168.63 213.87
E 123,001 162,000 11/9ths 1,428.33 261.40
F 162,001 223,000 13/9ths 1,688.02 308.92
G 223,001 324,000 15/9ths 1,947.72 356.45
H 324,001 424,000 18/9ths 2,337.26 427.74
I 424,001  -  21/9ths 2,726.80 499.03


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

COUNCIL TAX SPECIAL ITEMS 2017-2018
Community or Town  Precept 2016-2017 Precept 2017-2018 Council Tax (Band D)
                      £      p                     £      p                            £   p
Aberystwyth 264,034.00 280,611.90 75.44
Aberaeron 36,606.00 38,010.00 50.92
Cardigan 81,946.80 83,995.47 46.57
Lampeter 41,000.00 41,000.00 43.40
New Quay 15,757.49 16,072.64 21.36
Borth 18,814.25 18,814.25 25.32
Ceulanamaesmawr 12,000.00 12,000.00 27.92
Blaenrheidol 3,550.00 3,800.00 18.74
Genau'r Glyn 7,500.00 8,000.00 23.93
Llanbadarn Fawr 32,091.00 32,091.00 36.66
Llangynfelin 8,000.00 8,000.00 29.80
Llanfarian 13,230.00 14,700.00 20.17
Llangwyryfon 2,600.00 2,850.00 11.07
Llanilar 7,200.00 7,400.00 16.25
Llanrhystud 8,500.00 8,500.00 19.45
Melindwr 7,000.00 7,000.00 13.97
Pontarfynach 3,500.00 3,500.00 14.51
Tirymynach 18,000.00 19,000.00 21.56
Trawsgoed 4,500.00 4,500.00 10.17
Trefeurig 13,000.00 13,000.00 17.52
Faenor 17,458.00 28,868.00 36.21
Ysgubor-y-Coed 3,200.00 3,500.00 21.74
Llanddewi Brefi 8,000.00 8,000.00 27.33
Llangeitho 5,500.00 5,500.00 14.79
Lledrod 1,500.00 1,500.00 4.99
Nantcwnlle 2,000.00 2,000.00 5.38
Tregaron 17,500.00 17,500.00 32.13
Ysbyty Ystwyth 2,000.00 2,000.00 9.72
Ystrad Fflur 7,070.00 7,070.00 22.49
Ystrad Meurig 2,682.43 1,941.60 12.00
Ciliau Aeron 3,800.00 3,800.00 9.16
Henfynyw 5,500.00 5,500.00 11.16
Llanarth 8,000.00 8,000.00 10.24
Llandysiliogogo 6,180.00 9,680.00 17.61
Llanfair Clydogau 3,500.00 3,500.00 11.51
Llanfihangel Ystrad 9,000.00 9,950.00 15.10
Llangybi 3,000.00 3,000.00 11.10
Llanllwchaearn 8,500.00 9,000.00 19.28
Llansantffraed 11,940.00 11,940.00 21.87
Llanwenog 8,000.00 9,500.00 16.26
Llanwnnen 3,200.00 3,200.00 15.41
Dyffryn Arth 6,000.00 5,000.00 9.09
Aberporth 41,088.36 41,088.36 35.81
Beulah 20,000.00 20,000.00 23.78
Llandyfriog 11,000.00 11,000.00 13.46
Llandysul 39,007.00 40,564.20 32.74
Llangoedmor 24,000.00 28,000.00 47.83
Llangrannog 8,000.00 10,000.00 23.41
Penbryn 9,250.00 8,000.00 11.17
Troedyraur 8,000.00 8,000.00 12.38
Y Ferwig 15,000.00 15,000.00 24.22
Total 917,705.33 964,447.42