Your Council Tax

We collect your council tax on behalf of Devon County Council*, ourselves South Hams District Council, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority and Town and Parish Councils.

This year for an average band D property your council tax will be £1,990.82 and it is divided up like this:

A pie chart styled like a £1 coin, showing the amounts of Council Tax which are paid to South Hams District Council (9%), Devon County Council (72%), Town and Parish Councils (4%), Police (11%) and Fire (4%).

*see statement concerning adult social care funding below

Changes in spending

South Hams District Council plans to spend £38.4m (gross) on providing services for 2020/21. A total of £31.8m of this amount comes from the income we receive from grants, fees and charges. Therefore the amount of council tax we need to collect is £6.6m.

The Council's net budget has increased from £8.83 million (19/20) to £9.41 million (20/21). In 2020/21 the Council is investing in climate change, its waste services and upgrading the Council's IT systems. The Council is investing a one off amount of £400,000 to help climate change and bio diversity loss. We are working with our partners on a Devon wide plan as we aim to make the Council carbon neutral by 2030. Residents will soon be receiving details of their new improved waste and recycling service, aimed at increasing the amount of materials the District recycles. In the new service, which will be operational in September, glass and plastics will be collected from the kerbside. The installation of a new solution for the Council's IT systems will provide excellent value for money and improve customer interaction with the Council.

This is the third year running that the Council will receive no Government Grant funding (Revenue Support Grant) and the Council will need to be self-financing. The Council has progressing options of how it can generate its own income through Invest to Earn initiatives.

This year the Council has increased council tax by £5 from £165.42 in 2019/20. This means that the cost of South Hams services for an average band D property will be £170.42 for 2020/21 (out of a total council tax bill for a band D property of £1,990.82). The Council has committed to protecting frontline services where possible.

The Council continues to share staff with West Devon Borough Council. South Hams District Council is generating ongoing annual savings of £3.9 million from a joint Transformation Programme and sharing services with West Devon Borough Council. The Councils' shared workforce has been reduced by 30% through the T18 Transformation Programme and processes have been redesigned around the customer. The radical programme has changed how the Councils' work, to deliver more efficiencies and to retain the Councils' front line services.

Spending plans for 2020/21

A bar graph showing the amounts that the council spent on Customer Service and Delivery Governance and Assurance, Place and Enterprise, Strategic Finance and Contributions from Reserves in 2019/20 compared with 2020/21

Statement concerning adult social care funding

The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities ('Adult social care authorities' are local authorities which have functions under Part 1of 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 was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional 'precept 'on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016/17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.