The County Council set its budget for 2018-2019 at £140.2m which has resulted in a Council Tax increase of 4.95%.

The Revenue Support Grant and National Non Domestic Rates payable to the Council has increased by 0.4% compared with 2017-2018 after allowing for grant transfers into the settlement.

The Council also collects Council Tax for the Dyfed-Powys Police (5.0% increase) and the Town and Community Councils (7.71% average increase). Overall the Council Tax bill for band D properties increased by 5.02%.

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 2018-2019 Standard Spending Assessment is £138.3m.

A programme of capital investment totalling £16m is planned for 2018-2019.

The Council anticipates the following spending on services in 2018-2019:

  2018-2019 BUDGET
  Gross Expenditure Income Grants Net Expenditure
Services £000's £000's £000's £000's
Leadership Group 1,778 0 0 1,778
Legal & Democratic 2,771 320 0 2,451
Performance and Economy 5,001 1,235 1,172 2,594
Finance 15,106 627 17,805 (3,326)
Human Resources and Health and Safety 984 47 207 730
Families & Children 10,145 638 1,092 8,415
Adult Social Care and Commissioning 44,080 12,371 2,657 29,052
Lifestyle 10,782 2,268 636 7,878
Learning 77,024 4,468 8,303 64,253
Policy Support 3,037 59 1,379 1,599
ICT & Customer 1,979 335 0 1,644
Technical 27,369 4,811 3,052 19,506
Cost of Council Services 200,056 27,179 36,303 136,574
Contributions from Reserves (3,071)     (3,071)
Contingency 150     150
Capital Expenditure charged to the General Fund 2,465     2,465
Levies and Precepts:        
Fire Service 3,937     3,937
Environmental Agency Industrial Drainage 10     10
Town and Community Council Precepts 1,032     1,032
Budget Requirement 204,579 27,179 36,303 141,097
Add: Discretionary Rate Relief 179     179
  204,758     141,276
Financed by:        
Specific Grants 36,303      
Other Income 27,179      
Aggregate External Finance 101,251     101,251
Met By: Council Tax Payers 40,025     40,025

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
  31.03.2018 31.03.2019
  £000's £000's
Earmarked Reserves 12,342 9,271
General Fund 4,800 4,800
Total 17,142 14,071


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
  £ £   £ £
A - 44,000 6/9ths 817.65 149.71
B 44,001 65,000 7/9ths 953.93 174.66
C 65,001 91,000 8/9ths 1,090.20 199.61
D 91,001 123,000 9/9ths 1,226.48 224.56
E 123,001 162,000 11/9ths 1,499.03 274.46
F 162,001 223,000 13/9ths 1,771.58 324.36
G 223,001 324,000 15/9ths 2,044.13 374.27
H 324,001 424,000 18/9ths 2,452.96 449.12
I 424,001 - 21/9ths 2,861.79 523.97


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

COUNCIL TAX SPECIAL ITEMS 2018-2019
Community or Town Precept 2017-2018 Precept 2018-2019 Council Tax (Band D)
  £  £ £
Aberystwyth 280,611.90 327,901.00 89.25
Aberaeron 38,010.00 38,386.00 51.94
Cardigan 83,995.47 83,995.47 46.45
Lampeter 41,000.00 41,000.00 43.70
New Quay 16,072.64 16,072.64 21.49
Borth 18,814.25 18,858.00 25.56
Ceulanamaesmawr 12,000.00 13,500.00 31.64
Blaenrheidol 3,800.00 3,900.00 19.26
Genau'r Glyn 8,000.00 8,250.00 24.31
Llanbadarn Fawr 32,091.00 36,832.00 42.08
Llangynfelin 8,000.00 8,250.00 30.95
Llanfarian 14,700.00 14,700.00 20.14
Llangwyryfon 2,850.00 3,012.00 11.80
Llanilar 7,400.00 7,500.00 16.73
Llanrhystud 8,500.00 8,600.00 19.63
Melindwr 7,000.00 7,000.00 13.82
Pontarfynach 3,500.00 3,500.00 14.46
Tirymynach 19,000.00 17,500.00 21.58
Trawsgoed 4,500.00 4,500.00 10.09
Trefeurig 13,000.00 13,000.00 17.53
Faenor 28,868.00 30,311.40 38.08
Ysgubor-y-Coed 3,500.00 3,500.00 23.35
Llanddewi Brefi 8,000.00 8,000.00 26.91
Llangeitho 5,500.00 5,500.00 14.92
Lledrod 1,500.00 1,650.00 5.43
Nantcwnlle 2,000.00 2,300.00 6.21
Tregaron 17,500.00 17,500.00 32.02
Ysbyty Ystwyth 2,000.00 3,000.00 14.53
Ystrad Fflur 7,070.00 7,140.70 22.98
Ystrad Meurig 1,941.60 1,950.84 12.00
Ciliau Aeron 3,800.00 3,800.00 9.20
Henfynyw 5,500.00 6,000.00 12.29
Llanarth 8,000.00 8,400.00 10.78
Llandysiliogogo 9,680.00 9,680.00 18.00
Llanfair Clydogau 3,500.00 3,500.00 11.64
Llanfihangel Ystrad 9,950.00 9,950.00 15.01
Llangybi 3,000.00 3,000.00 10.88
Llanllwchaearn 9,000.00 9,000.00 19.28
Llansantffraed 11,940.00 14,000.00 26.17
Llanwenog 9,500.00 8,000.00 13.83
Llanwnnen 3,200.00 3,465.00 17.10
Dyffryn Arth 5,000.00 6,000.00 10.93
Aberporth 41,088.36 41,088.36 36.76
Beulah 20,000.00 20,000.00 23.38
Llandyfriog 11,000.00 9,000.00 11.01
Llandysul 40,564.20 41,405.13 33.72
Llangoedmor 28,000.00 30,000.00 52.32
Llangrannog 10,000.00 10,000.00 23.22
Penbryn 8,000.00 8,500.00 11.93
Troedyraur 8,000.00 10,000.00 15.32
Y Ferwig 15,000.00 20,000.00 32.26
Total 964,447.42 1,031,898.54