Council tax bands

Adult social care precept 2024/25

Statement concerning adult social care funding

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 a “precept” on its Council Tax for the financial year beginning in 2016 without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care. The maximum increase permitted is an additional 2% on Council Tax. The Council agreed at its meeting on 7 March 2024 that the Adult Social Care precept for 2024/25 would increase by 0.51%.

This precept is shown on your Council Tax bill – it states that the Adult Social Care precept is 0.51% while the increase for Slough Borough Council is 7.99% and is included in your monthly Council Tax payments.

The income generated from this charge can only be used for adult social care services.

As part of the process of setting our budget the chief finance officer (s151) is required to confirm in writing to central government that we will use the ‘Adult Social Care precept’ and this will be spent on Adult Social Care functions.