We spend around £1.4 billion a year providing a wide range of services for the 575,000 citizens of Sheffield.
Our services to you are paid for from different sources.
- 46% comes from central government
- 26% comes from charges for services (such as council house rents and entrance fees)
- 11% comes from locally retained business rates including top up grant
- 16% comes from Council Tax and the Adult Social Care Precept
- 1% comes from one-off use of reserves
The pie charts show where the money comes from and how we spend it.
Of the £1.4bn service expenditure, approximately £947m is funded via specific grants, fees, charges and the one off use of reserves. This expenditure is therefore not funded via the collection of Council Tax. One such service is Council Housing, where the funding comes from rents charged to tenants and grants from the government. Other examples of specific grant funded expenditure include the transfer of Housing Benefit to claimants and funds passed directly to schools.
The remaining £403m of service expenditure, which isn’t funded by specific grants, fees, charges or reserves is financed as below:
- 53.6% comes from Council Tax
- 37.22% comes from locally retained business rates including Top Up Grant
- 9.18% comes from Central Government as Revenue Support Grant (RSG)
Council Tax, Business Rates and RSG are general funds i.e. they do not fund specific services. Therefore 53.6% of these services are funded via Council Tax and the Adult Social Care Precept. This split is reflected in the table below and shows how much of a monthly Council Tax payment goes towards these services. This is based upon a Band A household in 2019/20 (58% of Sheffield households are in Band A).
||Amount per month per household (Band A equivalents)
|Childrens' Social Care
|Adult Social Care
|Planning and economic development
|Leisure and culture
|Refuse collection and disposal
|Net capital financing costs
|South Yorkshire Integrated Transport Authority
|Use of reserves to balance
What we will spend in 2019-20
In 2019-20 we will spend £1,350m on:
- Children's Social Care, £92m
- Education, £315m
- Planning, highways and transport, £142m
- Leisure and culture, £31m
- Cost of borrowing, £47m
- Environmental Health, £10m
- Central costs and other services* £63m
- Housing, £166m
- Emptying your bins, disposal and recycling, £32m
- Adult Social Care, £237m
- Housing benefits, £183m
- Public Health, £32m
* We spend £63m on central costs and other services including pension costs and support service costs such as communications, finance, information technology, legal, managing people, policy and performance, procurement, transport services and property.
Where the money will come from in 2019-20
In 2019-20, the money will come from:
- fees and charges, £208m
- Council house rents, £143m
- Council Tax, £201m
- Locally retained Business Rates including top up grant collection surplus, £150m
- Revenue Support Grant, £37m
- Dedicated Schools Grant, £210m
- Other specific government grants, £375m
- Use of reserves to balance budget, £11m
- Adult Social Care Precept, £15m
What we spent 2018-2019
In 2018-19 we spent:
- Children's Social Care, £86m
- Education, £319m
- Planning, highways and transport, £138m
- Leisure and culture, £32m
- cost of borrowing, £43m
- Environmental Health, £9m
- central costs and other services* £65m
- Housing, £171m
- emptying your bins, disposal and recycling, £31m
- Adult Social Care, £224m
- Housing Benefits, £183m
- Public Health, £35m
* We spent £65m on central costs and other services including: pension costs and support service costs such as communications, finance, information technology, legal, managing people, policy and performance, procurement, transport services and property.
In 2018-19, the money came from:
- fees and charges, £213m
- council house rents, £148m
- Council Tax, £193m
- locally retained Business Rates including Top Up Grant, £142m
- Revenue Support Grant** £52m
- Dedicated Schools Grant, £221m
- other specific government grants, £352m
- Adult Social Care Precept, £15m
Adult Social Care Precept
In November 2015, the Government announced that they were introducing an arrangement for a social care precept of 2% to be included in council tax bills for 2016/17. The Government has since confirmed that this social care precept will continue in 2017/18, 2018/19 and 2019/20, with the amount charged being up to a 3% increase per annum. In 2019/20 the charge will be applied but it will not increase from the level charged in 2018/19 This will raise an additional £15.2 million in total in 2019/20, which we will use to support adult social care, helping to protect some of our older and most vulnerable residents in need of care and support. However, it still falls well short of covering the increasing demand for care services in Sheffield.
We are required by the Government to include the following statement:
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)
The offer is the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax for financial years from the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this precept at an appropriate level in each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.
What happens if you don’t pay your bill
The recovery process is:
- if you miss a payment you will receive a reminder that payment is due
- if you still do not bring your payments up to date or make a repayment arrangement, you may receive a final reminder
- if you do not respond to the reminder or final reminder you will receive a summons to attend a hearing where we will ask for a Liability Order to be granted - at this stage, costs will be added to the amount you owe
- if you receive a summons you will have lost the automatic right to pay by instalments and you will have to pay the full amount of Council Tax.*
- if the Court grants a Liability Order the Council will be able to take further recovery action including:
- deducting money from your benefits
- deducting money from your earnings
- instructing an enforcement and collection agency (previously bailiff) to collect your debt
- placing a Charging Order on your property
- issuing bankruptcy proceedings, and;
- committal to prison
Some of these actions can add significant costs to how much someone has to pay.
If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax please contact us without delay, so we can try and help you avoid incurring additional recovery costs.
If you need any independent help or advice please contact one of the City’s advice agencies.
We would strongly advise you to contact us as soon as you receive a summons to discuss your arrears. At this point if you are unable to pay the amount in full we will try and work with you to agree a repayment plan. If a repayment plan is agreed we will still request a Liability Order as this will allow us to take further recovery action if the repayment arrangement is not maintained.
If you do not think you are liable to pay Council Tax, you can attend court and put your case before the Magistrate. However, if you accept you are liable for the Council Tax that is owed, and you make a repayment arrangement prior to the court date, you do not need to attend court. If you have claimed a Council Tax discount, relief or exemption or Council Tax Support you will already have accepted liability for Council Tax.