Some residents may have noticed that the average Council Tax increase for the coming year shown on bills posted during the last week doesn't appear to add up.
Although all agencies that get funding from your Council Tax - Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Dales District Council, the police and fire services and your local town/parish council - are levying increases of 2.6% or less, the average overall increase is shown as 3.5%.
This is because central government has stipulated that the 2% increase in Council Tax to cover Social Care must be shown separately on your bill from the council that provides this service (Derbyshire County Council).
However, if the County Council's 2% increase is added to the 2% Social Care element, then the overall increase levied by the County Council for 2017/18 is actually 4%. As the County's share of what you pay in Council Tax is around 70% (compared to the District Council's 12%) this explains why the average increase is actually 3.5%.
- Your 2017/18 Council Tax bill is explained in more detail here.