The County Council set its budget for 2020-2021 at £151.2m which has resulted in a Council Tax increase of 4.00%. The Revenue Support Grant and National Non Domestic Rates payable to the Council has increased by 5.4% compared with 2019-2020 after allowing for grant transfers into the settlement.

The Council also collects Council Tax for the Dyfed-Powys Police (4.8% increase) and the Town and Community Councils (2.29% average increase). Overall the Council Tax bill for band D properties increased by 4.09%.

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 2020-2021 Standard Spending Assessment is £150.2m.

A programme of capital investment totalling £21m is planned for 2020-2021.

The Council anticipates the following spending on services in 2020-2021:

  2020-2021 BUDGET
Services Gross Expenditure
£000's
Income
£000's
Grants
£000's
Net Expenditure
£000's
Schools 74,799 3,856 8,320 62,623
Lifelong Learning and Culture 7,629 1,629 1,324 4,676
Finance and Procurement 13,481 746 17,748 (5,013)
Democratic Services 2,600 34 0 2,566
People and Organisation 1,700 49 948 703
Children Services 12,059 779 2,041 9,239
Adult Services 50,708 13,181 3,894 33,633
Policy and Performance 3,588 327 336 2,925
Highways and Environmental Services 31,590 4,464 2,935 24,191
Economy and Regeneration 7,589 2,591 1,055 3,943
Customer Contact 1,587 16 0 1,571
Legal and Governance 768 63 0 705
Leadership Group 2,961 0 0 2,961
Cost of Council Services 211,059 27,735 38,601 144,723
Contributions from Reserves 465     465
Contingency 130     130
Capital Expenditure charged to the General Fund 1,391     1,391
Levies and Precepts:        
Fire Service 4,277     4,277
Environmental Agency Industrial Drainage 11     11
Town and Community Council Precepts 1,141     1,141
Budget Requirement 218,474 27,735 38,601 152,138
Add: Discretionary Rate Relief 236     236
  218,710     152,374
Financed by:        
Specific Grants 38,601      
Other Income 27,735      
Aggregate External Finance 107,646     107,646
Met By: Council Tax Payers 44,728     44,728

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
31.03.2020
£000's
Estimated Balance
31.03.2021
£000's
Earmarked Reserves 17,352 17,817
General Fund 5,569 5,569
Total 22,921 23,386

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 909.88 173.71
B 44,001 65,000 7/9ths 1,061.53 202.66
C 65,001 91,000 8/9ths 1,213.17 231.61
D 91,001 123,000 9/9ths 1,364.82 260.56
E 123,001 162,000 11/9ths 1,668.11 318.46
F 162,001 223,000 13/9ths 1,971.41 376.36
G 223,001 324,000 15/9ths 2,274.70 434.27
H 324,001 424,000 18/9ths 2,729.64 521.12
I 424,001 - 21/9ths 3,184.58 607.97

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

COUNCIL TAX SPECIAL ITEMS 2020-2021
Community or Town Precept 2019-2020
£   p
Precept 2020-2021
£   p
Council Tax (Band D)
£   p
Aberystwyth 382,707.00 390,757.00 103.83
Aberaeron 39,400.00 40,250.00 54.04
Cardigan 83,995.47 83,995.47 46.38
Lampeter 41,000.00 41,000.00 42.64
New Quay 16,072.64 16,072.64 21.40
Borth 19,770.00 21,870.00 29.70
Ceulanamaesmawr 14,400.00 15,000.00 36.19
Blaenrheidol 4,000.00 4,100.00 20.23
Genau'r Glyn 8,500.00 9,000.00 26.18
Llanbadarn Fawr 38,531.00 38,531.00 44.47
Llangynfelin 8,250.00 8,250.00 30.96
Llanfarian 14,700.00 14,700.00 19.95
Llangwyryfon 3,120.00 3,120.00 12.08
Llanilar 7,400.00 7,400.00 16.18
Llanrhystud 8,600.00 8,600.00 19.20
Melindwr 7,000.00 7,000.00 13.77
Pontarfynach 3,500.00 3,500.00 14.82
Tirymynach 17,500.00 19,000.00 23.99
Trawsgoed 4,500.00 4,500.00 9.81
Trefeurig 13,000.00 13,000.00 17.10
Faenor 31,000.00 33,000.00 41.38
Ysgubor-y-Coed 3,500.00 3,500.00 21.49
Llanddewi Brefi 8,000.00 8,000.00 26.73
Llangeitho 5,500.00 5,500.00 15.02
Lledrod 1,740.00 1,740.00 5.68
Nantcwnlle 2,200.00 2,000.00 5.44
Tregaron 20,000.00 24,000.00 44.15
Ysbyty Ystwyth 3,000.00 3,000.00 14.54
Ystrad Fflur 7,140.70 7,212.11 23.22
Ystrad Meurig 1,927.32 1,971.60 12.00
Ciliau Aeron 3,800.00 4,300.00 10.15
Henfynyw 6,000.00 6,500.00 13.10
Llanarth 8,000.00 8,400.00 10.95
Llandysiliogogo 9,680.00 9,873.00 18.06
Llanfair Clydogau 3,500.00 3,500.00 11.54
Llanfihangel Ystrad 9,950.00 9,950.00 15.06
Llangybi 4,000.00 4,000.00 14.55
Llanllwchaearn 9,000.00 9,000.00 19.08
Llansantffraed 14,000.00 15,000.00 27.66
Llanwenog 8,000.00 4,000.00 6.84
Llanwnnen 3,465.00 3,465.00 16.93
Dyffryn Arth 6,000.00 6,000.00 10.53
Aberporth 41,088.00 41,088.12 36.07
Beulah 20,000.00 22,500.00 26.08
Llandyfriog 11,000.00 15,000.00 18.37
Llandysul 45,479.01 45,497.19 37.09
Llangoedmor 30,000.00 40,000.00 69.51
Llangrannog 10,000.00 10,000.00 23.60
Penbryn 11,500.00 10,500.00 14.48
Troedyraur 10,000.00 10,000.00 15.37
Y Ferwig 21,000.00 23,000.00 36.62
Total 1,105,416.14 1,141,143.13