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Council Tax - Mayoral General Precept (including Fire Services)

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Mayoral General Precept (including Fire Services)

On your bill this will appear as the “Mayoral General Precept (including Fire Services)”. The vast majority of this goes to Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service. The service is funded partly by grants from central Government and partly by council tax paid by the residents of Greater Manchester. It remains one of the lowest-cost and highest performing emergency services in the UK.

Over the course of the year, for the average Band B property, the fire proportion of the precept is £46.62. To give an idea of how your money is spent, last year, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service:

  • Responded to 12,870 fires across Greater Manchester
  • Attended 1,328 road traffic collisions
  • Attended nearly 6,000 other incidents that required specialist fire service support
  • Rescued 1,957 people

For every £1 the service costs to respond to incidents, there is an £18.33 saving in terms of life and property.

In addition to funding the fire service, part of this precept also goes to fund the new mayor, and the functions he is responsible for. Over the course of the year, this is £6.22 for a Band B property, which is the average for Greater Manchester. This mayoral precept funds:

  • Transport Strategy including Local Transport Plan development and monitoring
  • Administration of Bus Service Operators Grant
  • Developing the new plan for jobs and homes for Greater Manchester (known as the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework)
  • Mayoral Development Corporations
  • Costs of the Mayor’s office
  • Grants to District Councils
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How much will you pay?

The amount of council tax you will pay to fund Greater Manchester General Precept depends on the rateable value of your property - known as your tax band.

Tax Bands

 

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

 

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

£

Fire

39.96

46.62

53.28

59.95

73.27

86.59

99.91

119.9

Mayoral

5.33

6.22

7.11

8.00

9.78

11.56

13.33

16.00

Total

45.29

52.84

60.39

67.95

83.05

98.15

113.24

135.90

 

These tables give a detailed breakdown of these costs:

Comparison of Expenditure and Income for 2017/18 and 2018/19

 

2017-18

£000s

 2018-19

£000s

Gross Expenditure

 

 

Employees

79,270

79,031

Other

58,607

74,048

Total

137,877

153,079

Less Income

-1,412

-6,621

Less Government Grant

-38,443

-40,075

Total

98,022

106,383

Capital Financing Charges

5,600

13,024

Less Interest Received

-30

-30

Total

103,592

119,377

Contribution from Balances

-6,003

-16,559

Budget Requirement

97,589

102,818

Revenue Support Grant

-22,536

-19,938

Baseline Funding

-19,985

-20,900

Localised Business Rates

-10,033

-10,165

S31 Grant

-602

-925

Collection Fund Surplus (-)/ Deficit (+)

-1,077

-975

Council Tax Requirement

43,356

49,915

Comparison of Expenditure and Income for 2017/18 and 2018/19

Why the Budget Requirement Has Increased

 

2018-19

£'000

Mayoral Precept

6,611

Inflation

1,560

Efficiencies

-1,140

Unavoidable Cost Pressures

1,330

Change in Capital Financing

7,424

Change in Interest on Balances

0

Change in Use of Balances

-10,556

Total increase in   Budget  Requirement

5,229

Decrease in Funding

1,382

Total Increase in Council Tax Requirement

6,611

Comparison of Expenditure and Income for 2017/18 and 2018/19

Why the Council Tax Requirement has Increased

Council tax requirement 2017/18

43,356

Mayoral Precept

6,611

Taxbase increase of properties

 

Band D properties increase of :

683

£1 Reduction

-735

 

49,915

Mayoral expenditure breakdown

Mayoral expenditure breakdown

Cost £’000

Transport, Policy and Strategy

3,900

Spatial Development Strategy

643

Cost of Administering Grants to Bus Operators

50

Direct Mayoral and Support Costs

732

Other Mayoral priorities

1,286

TOTAL

6,611

Most of the funding for Greater Manchester Combined Authority comes from local district contributions. However, Greater Manchester has been participating on some pilot schemes around the retention of business rates revenues. Business rates are collected locally, but are sent to central Government. By keeping some of the revenue raised, Greater Manchester Combined Authority has been able to invest this additional revenue in the following areas:

Investment of additional revenue from business rates

 

Investment amount £000

GM health devolution

600

MIDAS

200

Marketing Manchester

350

GM Cultural and Social Impact Fund

200

GM Productivity Programme

2,236

GM Digital Strategy

200

GM Age-friendly activity

100

Youth Combined Authority

50

TOTAL

3,936