The County Council set its budget for 2022-2023 at £165.8m which has resulted in a Council Tax increase of 2.50%. The Revenue Support Grant and National Non Domestic Rates payable to the Council has increased by 8.6% compared with 2021-2022 after allowing for grant transfers into the settlement.

The Council also collects Council Tax for the Dyfed-Powys Police (5.3% increase) and the Town and Community Councils (5.77% average increase). Overall the Council Tax bill for band D properties increased by 3.02%.

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 2022-2023 Standard Spending Assessment is £166.4m.

A programme of capital investment totalling £40.3m is planned for 2022-2023.

The Council anticipates the following spending on services in 2022-2023:

  2022-2023 BUDGET
Services Gross Expenditure
£000's
Income
£000's
Grants
£000's
Net Expenditure
£000's
Schools and Culture 87,615 4,305 19,058 64,252
Porth Cymorth, Community Wellbeing and Learning 13,856 1,428 4,533 7,895
Finance and Procurement 3,132 596 11,732 (9,196)
Democratic Services 2,952 1 0 2,951
People and Organisation 894 50 252 592
Porth Cynnal 47,517 12,931 1,238 33,348
Porth Gofal 28,105 4,980 4,048 19,077
Policy, Performance and Public Protection 3,803 315 253 3,235
Highways and Environmental Services 34,718 4,691 3,014 27,013
Economy and Regeneration 9,163 3,064 1,349 4,750
Customer Contact 1,616 16 0 1,600
Legal and Governance Services 669 63 0 606
Leadership Group 4,981 20 0 4,961
Cost of Council Services 239,021 32,460 45,477 161,084
Contributions from Reserves (6,820)     (6,820)
Contingency 973     973
Capital Expenditure charged to the General Fund  6,181      6,181
Levies and Precepts:        
Fire Service  4,193      4,193
Environmental Agency Industrial Drainage   11       11
Town and Community Council Precepts 1,257     1,257
Budget Requirement 244,816 32,460 45,477 166,879
Add: Discretionary Rate Relief  221     221
  245,037     167,100
Financed by:        
Specific Grants 45,477      
Other Income 32,460      
Aggregate External Finance  119,419     119,419
Met By: Council Tax Payers 47,681     47,681

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
31.03.2022
£000's
Estimated Balance
31.03.2023
£000's
Earmarked Reserves 41,732 35,912
General Fund 6,052 6,052
Total  47,784
 41,964

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 opposite:-

Band Dwelling value from
£
Dwelling Value up to
£
Fraction of Basic Tax Ceredigion Council
£   p
Dyfed Powys-Police
£   p
A - 44,000 6/9ths 965.27 193.44
B 44,001 65,000 7/9ths 1,126.14 225.68
C 65,001 91,000 8/9ths 1,287.02 257.92
D 91,001 123,000 9/9ths 1,447.90 290.16
E 123,001 162,000 11/9ths 1,769.66 354.64
F 162,001 223,000 13/9ths 2,091.41 419.12
G 223,001 324,000 15/9ths 2,413.17 483.60
H 324,001 424,000 18/9ths 2,895.80 580.32
I 424,001  -  21/9ths 3,378.43 677.04

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

COUNCIL TAX SPECIAL ITEMS 2022-2023
Community or Town Precept 2021-2022
£   p
Precept 2022-2023
£   p
Council Tax (Band D)
£   p
Aberystwyth 438,257.00 500,507.00 129.56
Aberaeron 40,809.00 40,765.00 54.04
Cardigan 83,995.47 83,995.47 46.33
Lampeter 39,000.00 39,000.00 39.71
New Quay 16,072.64 16,072.64 21.75
Borth 20,047.50 19,668.00 27.07
Ceulanamaesmawr 15,000.00 15,000.00 35.58
Blaenrheidol 4,200.00 4,500.00 22.31
Genau'r Glyn 9,000.00 9,000.00 25.98
Llanbadarn Fawr 38,531.00 38,531.00 44.12
Llangynfelin 4,125.00 4,125.00 15.59
Llanfarian 14,700.00 14,700.00 19.77
Llangwyryfon 3,012.00 3,120.00 12.69
Llanilar 7,500.00 7,400.00 15.92
Llanrhystud 8,600.00 8,600.00 19.43
Melindwr 7,000.00 7,000.00 13.53
Pontarfynach 3,500.00 3,500.00 14.74
Tirymynach 19,000.00 19,500.00 24.74
Trawsgoed 3,000.00 4,500.00 10.16
Trefeurig 13,000.00 13,000.00 16.85
Faenor 33,427.00 33,427.00 41.35
Ysgubor-y-Coed 3,500.00 3,500.00 21.81
Llanddewi Brefi 8,000.00 8,500.00 28.82
Llangeitho 5,500.00 5,500.00 15.07
Lledrod 1,917.00 2,110.00 6.94
Nantcwnlle 2,000.00 2,000.00 5.38
Tregaron 24,000.00 24,000.00 45.07
Ysbyty Ystwyth 3,000.00 3,000.00 14.41
Ystrad Fflur 7,213.00 7,213.00 23.24
Ystrad Meurig 2,138.50 2,115.75 13.00
Ciliau Aeron 4,300.00 5,000.00 11.84
Henfynyw 6,500.00 7,000.00 13.83
Llanarth 8,400.00 8,820.00 11.62
Llandysiliogogo 9,873.00 10,267.92 18.86
Llanfair Clydogau 3,500.00 3,500.00 11.68
Llanfihangel Ystrad 9,950.00 9,950.00 15.29
Llangybi 4,000.00 4,000.00 14.42
Llanllwchaearn 9,000.00 10,800.00 22.00
Llansantffraed 15,000.00 17,000.00 30.47
Llanwenog 4,000.00 9,000.00 15.72
Llanwnnen 3,465.00 3,465.00 16.65
Dyffryn Arth 7,000.00 14,500.00 25.58
Aberporth 41,088.12 41,088.12 36.78
Beulah 22,500.00 22,500.00 25.98
Llandyfriog 15,000.00 15,000.00 18.20
Llandysul 45,692.65 45,880.70 37.09
Llangoedmor 40,000.00 30,000.00 51.77
Llangrannog 10,000.00 10,000.00 23.63
Penbryn 10,500.00 11,000.00 15.27
Troedyraur 10,000.00 10,000.00 15.31
Y Ferwig 24,210.00 24,600.00 39.12
Total 1,183,023.88 1,257,221.60