The County Council set its budget for 2019-2020 at £143.6m which has resulted in a Council Tax increase of 7.00%.

The Revenue Support Grant and National Non Domestic Rates payable to the Council has increased by 0.3% compared with 2018-2019 after allowing for grant transfers into the settlement.

The Council also collects Council Tax for the Dyfed-Powys Police (10.7% increase) and the Town and Community Councils (7.25% average increase). Overall the Council Tax bill for band D properties increased by 7.56%.

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 2019-2020 Standard Spending Assessment is £141.5m.

A programme of capital investment totalling £18m is planned for 2019-2020.

The Council anticipates the following spending on services in 2019-2020:

  2019-2020 BUDGET
Services Gross Expenditure
£000's
Income
£000's
Grants
£000's
Net Expenditure
£000's
Schools 76,214 3,951 8,033 64,230
Lifelong Learning and Culture 7,750 1,816 1,396 4,538
Finance and Procurement 15,043 668 18,145 (3,770)
Democratic Services 2,246 1 0 2,245
People and Organisation 1,774 47 948 779
Children Services 11,569 1,914 1,146 8,509
Adult Services 48,707 13,129 2,922 32,656
Policy and Performance 3,551 333 289 2,929
Highways and Environmental Services 25,409 4,508 2,945 17,956
Economy and Regeneration 7,564 2,108 1,136 4,320
Customer Contact 2,257 317 0 1,940
Legal and Governance 978 214 0 764
Leadership Group 494 0 0 494
Cost of Council Services 203,556 29,006 36,960 137,590
Contributions from Reserves (1,308)     (1,308)
Contingency 150     150
Capital Expenditure charged to the General Fund 2,905     2,905
Levies and Precepts:        
Fire Service 4,040     4,040
Environmental Agency Industrial Drainage 11     11
Town and Community Council Precepts 1,105     1,105
Budget Requirement 210,459 29,006 36,960 144,493
Add: Discretionary Rate Relief 236     236
  210,695     144,729
Financed by:        
Specific Grants 36,960      
Other Income 29,006      
Aggregate External Finance 102,091     102,091
Met By: Council Tax Payers 42,638     42,638

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
31.03.2019
£000's
Estimated Balance
31.03.2020
£000's
Earmarked Reserves 17,648 16,340
General Fund 5,539 5,539
Total 23,187 21,879

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 874.89 165.71
B 44,001 65,000 7/9ths 1,020.70 193.32
C 65,001 91,000 8/9ths 1,166.52 220.94
D 91,001 123,000 9/9ths 1,312.33 248.56
E 123,001 162,000 11/9ths 1,603.96 303.80
F 162,001 223,000 13/9ths 1,895.59 359.03
G 223,001 324,000 15/9ths 2,187.22 414.27
H 324,001 424,000 18/9ths 2,624.66 497.12
I 424,001  -  21/9ths 3,062.10 579.97

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

COUNCIL TAX SPECIAL ITEMS 2019-2020
Community or Town Precept 2018-2019
£    p
Precept 2019-2020
£    p
Council Tax (Band D)
£   p
Aberystwyth 327,901.00 382,707.00 103.13
Aberaeron 38,386.00 39,400.00 52.98
Cardigan 83,995.47 83,995.47 46.41
Lampeter 41,000.00 41,000.00 43.37
New Quay 16,072.64 16,072.64 21.59
Borth 18,858.00 19,770.00 26.66
Ceulanamaesmawr 13,500.00 14,400.00 34.13
Blaenrheidol 3,900.00 4,000.00 19.76
Genau'r Glyn 8,250.00 8,500.00 24.91
Llanbadarn Fawr 36,832.00 38,531.00 44.45
Llangynfelin 8,250.00 8,250.00 30.98
Llanfarian 14,700.00 14,700.00 20.29
Llangwyryfon 3,012.00 3,120.00 12.20
Llanilar 7,500.00 7,400.00 16.22
Llanrhystud 8,600.00 8,600.00 19.46
Melindwr 7,000.00 7,000.00 13.70
Pontarfynach 3,500.00 3,500.00 14.66
Tirymynach 17,500.00 17,500.00 21.89
Trawsgoed 4,500.00 4,500.00 10.23
Trefeurig 13,000.00 13,000.00 17.45
Faenor 30,311.40 31,000.00 39.83
Ysgubor-y-Coed 3,500.00 3,500.00 22.61
Llanddewi Brefi 8,000.00 8,000.00 27.12
Llangeitho 5,500.00 5,500.00 15.00
Lledrod 1,650.00 1,740.00 5.71
Nantcwnlle 2,300.00 2,200.00 5.94
Tregaron 17,500.00 20,000.00 36.59
Ysbyty Ystwyth 3,000.00 3,000.00 14.80
Ystrad Fflur 7,140.70 7,140.70 23.06
Ystrad Meurig 1,950.84 1,927.32 12.00
Ciliau Aeron 3,800.00 3,800.00 9.39
Henfynyw 6,000.00 6,000.00 12.11
Llanarth 8,400.00 8,000.00 10.36
Llandysiliogogo 9,680.00 9,680.00 17.97
Llanfair Clydogau 3,500.00 3,500.00 11.90
Llanfihangel Ystrad 9,950.00 9,950.00 15.10
Llangybi 3,000.00 4,000.00 14.53
Llanllwchaearn 9,000.00 9,000.00 19.39
Llansantffraed 14,000.00 14,000.00 26.16
Llanwenog 8,000.00 8,000.00 13.82
Llanwnnen 3,465.00 3,465.00 16.76
Dyffryn Arth 6,000.00 6,000.00 10.84
Aberporth 41,088.36 41,088.00 37.03
Beulah 20,000.00 20,000.00 23.55
Llandyfriog 9,000.00 11,000.00 13.51
Llandysul 41,405.13 45,479.01 37.09
Llangoedmor 30,000.00 30,000.00 52.20
Llangrannog 10,000.00 10,000.00 23.62
Penbryn 8,500.00 11,500.00 16.14
Troedyraur 10,000.00 10,000.00 15.43
Y Ferwig 20,000.00 21,000.00 34.13
Total 1,031,898.54 1,105,416.14