The County Council set its budget for 2021-2022 at £154.7m which has resulted in a Council Tax increase of 3.50%. The Revenue Support Grant and National Non Domestic Rates payable to the Council has increased by 2.0% compared with 2020-2021 after allowing for grant transfers into the settlement.

The Council also collects Council Tax for the Dyfed-Powys Police (5.8% increase) and the Town and Community Councils (3.75% average increase). Overall the Council Tax bill for band D properties increased by 3.86%.

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 2021-2022 Standard Spending Assessment is £154.8m.

A programme of capital investment totalling £27.5m is planned for 2021-2022.

The Council anticipates the following spending on services in 2021-2022:

  2021-2022 BUDGET
Services Gross Expenditure
£000's
Income
£000's
Grants
£000's
Net Expenditure
£000's
Schools and Culture 83,145 4,461 16,666 62,018
Porth Cymorth, Community Wellbeing and Leraning 11,467 1,885 3,351 6,231
Finance and Procurement 11,043 596 14,235 (3,788)
Democratic Services 2,411 1 120 2,290
People and Organisation 1,122 49 314 759
Porth Cynnal 40,154 11,393 1,186 27,575
Porth Gofal 25,534 4,003 4,012 17,519
Policy, Performance and Public Protection 3,309 327 204 2,778
Highways and Environmental Services 31,761 4,417 2,998 24,346
Economy and Regeneration 8,427 2,729 1,247 4,451
Customer Contact 1,377 16 0 1,361
Legal and Governance Services 686 63 0 623
Leadership Group 5,398 0 3,000 2,398
Cost of Council Services 225,834 29,940 47,333 148,561
Contributions from Reserves (4,034)     (4,034)
Contingency 80     80
Capital Expenditure charged to the General Fund 5,821     5,821
Levies and Precepts:        
Fire Service 4,061     4,061
Environmental Agency Industrial Drainage 11     11
Town and Community Council Precepts 1,183     1,183
Budget Requirement 232,956 29,940 47,333 155,683
Add: Discretionary Rate Relief 236     236
  233,192     155,919
Financed by:        
Specific Grants 47,333      
Other Income 29,940      
Aggregate External Finance 109,658     109,658
Met By: Council Tax Payers 46,261     46,261

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
31.03.2021
£000's
Estimated Balance
31.03.2022
£000's
Earmarked Reserves  23,603  19,569
General Fund  5,563  5,563
Total 29,166
25,132

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 941.73 183.71
B 44,001 65,000 7/9ths 1,098.68 214.32
C 65,001 91,000 8/9ths 1,255.64 244.94
D 91,001 123,000 9/9ths 1,412.59 275.56
E 123,001 162,000 11/9ths 1,726.50 336.80
F 162,001 223,000 13/9ths 2,040.41 398.03
G 223,001 324,000 15/9ths 2,354.32 459.27
H 324,001 424,000 18/9ths 2,825.18 551.12
I 424,001  -  21/9ths 3,296.04 642.97

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

COUNCIL TAX SPECIAL ITEMS 2021-2022
Community or Town Precept 2020-2021
£   p
Precept 2021-2022
£   p
Council Tax (Band D)
£   p
Aberystwyth 390,757.00 438,257.00 113.85
Aberaeron 40,250.00 40,809.00 54.04
Cardigan 83,995.47 83,995.47 46.96
Lampeter 41,000.00 39,000.00 39.85
New Quay 16,072.64 16,072.64 21.66
Borth 21,870.00 20,047.50 27.26
Ceulanamaesmawr 15,000.00 15,000.00 35.59
Blaenrheidol 4,100.00 4,200.00 20.74
Genau'r Glyn 9,000.00 9,000.00 26.08
Llanbadarn Fawr 38,531.00 38,531.00 44.35
Llangynfelin 8,250.00 4,125.00 15.62
Llanfarian 14,700.00 14,700.00 20.13
Llangwyryfon 3,120.00 3,012.00 12.08
Llanilar 7,400.00 7,500.00 16.37
Llanrhystud 8,600.00 8,600.00 19.28
Melindwr 7,000.00 7,000.00 13.69
Pontarfynach 3,500.00 3,500.00 14.76
Tirymynach 19,000.00 19,000.00 24.01
Trawsgoed 4,500.00 3,000.00 6.78
Trefeurig 13,000.00 13,000.00 17.23
Faenor 33,000.00 33,427.00 42.06
Ysgubor-y-Coed 3,500.00 3,500.00 21.42
Llanddewi Brefi 8,000.00 8,000.00 27.21
Llangeitho 5,500.00 5,500.00 15.32
Lledrod 1,740.00 1,917.00 6.27
Nantcwnlle 2,000.00 2,000.00 5.49
Tregaron 24,000.00 24,000.00 44.00
Ysbyty Ystwyth 3,000.00 3,000.00 14.70
Ystrad Fflur 7,212.11 7,213.00 23.21
Ystrad Meurig 1,971.60 2,138.50 13.00
Ciliau Aeron 4,300.00 4,300.00 10.25
Henfynyw 6,500.00 6,500.00 13.05
Llanarth 8,400.00 8,400.00 11.06
Llandysiliogogo 9,873.00 9,873.00 18.27
Llanfair Clydogau 3,500.00 3,500.00 11.87
Llanfihangel Ystrad 9,950.00 9,950.00 15.29
Llangybi 4,000.00 4,000.00 14.28
Llanllwchaearn 9,000.00 9,000.00 18.59
Llansantffraed 15,000.00 15,000.00 28.12
Llanwenog 4,000.00 4,000.00 6.94
Llanwnnen 3,465.00 3,465.00 16.62
Dyffryn Arth 6,000.00 7,000.00 12.59
Aberporth 41,088.12 41,088.12 36.54
Beulah 22,500.00 22,500.00 26.23
Llandyfriog 15,000.00 15,000.00 18.41
Llandysul 45,497.19 45,692.65 37.09
Llangoedmor 40,000.00 40,000.00 68.95
Llangrannog 10,000.00 10,000.00 23.46
Penbryn 10,500.00 10,500.00 14.41
Troedyraur 10,000.00 10,000.00 15.52
Y Ferwig 23,000.00 24,210.00 38.94
Total 1,141,143.13 1,183,023.88