We have had to change the way that some of our service operates to meet the guidelines set out by the government in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and to provide additional support for those affected.

We are required to collect council tax from the residents of Torbay. The charge includes a payment to us as well as the Police Authority Opens in a new window and Fire Service Opens in a new window. If you are a resident in Brixham you will also pay a parish precept which is for the Brixham Town Council Opens in a new window.

We are budgeting to spend approximately £460m on revenue and capital, in line with our priorities contained within the Torbay Corporate Plan. The Council Tax requirement for the provision of services within Torbay will be £72m.

The Corporate Plan and our key financial documents relating to the 2020/21 revenue and capital budgets can be found on the finance pages.

Budget 2020/21

We have set a basic amount of Council Tax for 2020/21 based on its gross expenditure and income. For Torbay Council this results in a 3.99%* increase.

The following tables show expenditure and income for each class of service.

Expenditure and income for each class of service for 2019/2020
Service Expenditure £m Income £m Net expenditure £m
Adult Social Care 52 (14) 38
Children’s Services** 88 (52) 36
Public Health 12 (2) 10
Corporate Services 73 (63) 10
Place 46 (29) 17
Finance 23 (23) 0
Net Budget 294 (183) 111
General funding 0 (42) (42)
Total 292 (223) 60

Council Tax Requirement, the amount to be raised by Council Tax in 2019/20 is £69m.

Expenditure and income for each class of service for 2020/2021
Service Expenditure £m Income £m Net expenditure £m
Adult Social Care 55 (15) 40
Children’s Services** 102 (55) 47
Public Health 12 (2) 10
Corporate Services 69 (60) 9
Place 51 (36) 15
Finance 27 (32) 5
Net Budget 316 (200) 116
General funding 0 (44) (44)
Total 316 (244) 72

Council Tax Requirement, the amount to be raised by Council Tax in 2020/21 is £72m.

Full details of the 2020/21 service budgets can be found on the budget 2020/21 page.

Why our Council Tax requirement has changed

  • Increase to General Funding of £2m including Business Rates and General Grant.
  • Increase in Council tax: £3m from both growth in our Council Tax Base and the 3.99% increase in our Council Tax Precept. 
  • Changes to net Budget: This £5m net increase comprises £16m increased service expenditure including inflation and investment in services, offset by £11 m reductions in service expenditure, increased income and increased funding.

2020/2021 Council Tax

The amounts to be raised by Council Tax for Torbay Council, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority and Police & Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall are applicable to all Torbay residents. The Parish Precept is only applicable to residents in the Brixham Town Council area. If applicable this will be detailed on your Council Tax bill.

Amount to be raised by Council Tax 2019/20
Details Excluding Parish Precept £000 Parish Precept £000 Including Parish Precept £000
Torbay Council 68,688 0 68,688
Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall 9,701 0 9,701
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority 3,954 0 3,954
Brixham Town Council 0 317 317
Total Amount to be raised 82,343 317 82,660
Amount to be raised by Council Tax 2020/21
Details Excluding Parish Precept £000 Parish Precept £000 Including Parish Precept £000
Torbay Council 72,328 0 72,328
Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon & Cornwall 10,256 0 10,256
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority 4,083 0 4,083
Brixham Town Council 0 355 355
Total Amount to be raised 86,667 355 87,022

Tax base

Tax base (average number of chargeable properties) 2019/20
Details Excluding Parish Precept £000 Parish Precept £000 Including Parish Precept £000
Torbay Council 45,700 0 0
Brixham Town Council 0 6,188 0
Amount per Band D Property £1,801.84 £51.29 £1,853.13
Tax base (average number of chargeable properties) 2020/21
Details Excluding Parish Precept £000 Parish Precept £000 Including Parish Precept £000
Torbay Council 46,275 0 0
Brixham Town Council 0 6,261 0
Amount per Band D Property £1,872.89 £56.70 £1,929.59
Changes in amount per Band D property compared year on year
Organisation/Details 2019/20 2020/21 2020/21 % Change
Torbay Council £1,503.04 £1,563.01 3.99%
Police and Crime Commissioner £212.28 £221.64 4.41%
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority £86.52 £88.24 1.99%
Sub-total £1,801.84 £1,872.89 3.94%
Brixham Town Council (only payable by Brixham residents) £51.29 £56.70 10.55%
Total £1,853.13 £1,929.59 4.13%

The amount per Band D Property is used to calculate the Council Tax requirements for all the Valuation Bands as follows:

Valuation bands
Details Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Band F Band G Band H
Ratio of each band to Band D 6/9 7/9 8/9 9/9 11/9 13/9 15/9 18/9
Torbay Council £1,042.00 £1,215.67 £1,389.34 £1,563.01 £1,910.35 £2,257.68 £2,605.01 £3,126.02
Police and Crime Commissioner £147.76 £172.39 £197.01 £221.64 £270.89 £320.15 £369.40 £443.28
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority £58.83 £68.63 £78.44 £88.24 £107.85 £127.46 £147.07 £176.48
Aggregate of Council Tax requirements ex. Town Council £1,248.59 £1,456.69 £1,664.79 £1,872.89 £2,289.09 £2,705.29 £3,121.48 £3,745.78
Brixham Town Council (BTC) £37.80 £44.10 £50.40 £56.70 £69.30 £81.90 £94.50 £113.40
Aggregate of Council Tax requirements including BTC £1,286.39 £1,500.79 £1,715.19 £1,929.59 £2,358.39 £2,787.19 £3,215.98 £3,859.18

Capital Programme

We currently plan to spend £144m on capital projects during 2020/21 to maintain and improve our service delivery and includes up to £65m to be used on Investment Fund properties. Over the period 2020/21 to 2022/23 we plan to spend £269m on capital projects. The capital programme will be funded primarily from a combination of external borrowing, grants, and sales of assets.

The significant areas of spend in 2020/21 include regeneration projects, Social Care facilities, major highways schemes, and schools related projects. Other significant projects include Affordable Housing, major repairs on infrastructure, including on-going highway improvements, as well as our investment portfolio.

Adult Social Care

For 2020/21 we have used the flexibility to increase Council Tax by additional amounts specifically for Adult Social Care.

The amount shown on your Council tax bill under the 'adult social care' line is the cumulative value of the increase for 2020/21 and previous years’ rises specifically for adult social care.

However the 3.99% increase (comprising 1.99% for Torbay Council and 2% for Adult Social care) is calculated on the total 2019/20 value for Torbay, i.e. both the line 'Torbay Council' and the line 'Adult Social Care'.

For a Band D property
Details 2019/20 2020/21 £ increase % increase
Adult Social Care 105.86 £135.92 £30.06
Torbay Council £1,397.18 £1,427.09 £29.91
Total £1,503.04 £1,563.01 £59.97 3.99%

Note: The total for Torbay Council excludes Fire, Police and Brixham Town Council

*In relation to the year beginning in 2020 and any subsequent year, the Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities (including Torbay Council). 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 its 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. We have included this additional precept of 2% in the 3.99% increase.

**The Dedicated Schools Grant for 2020/21 included in income is approximately £42m.

***The gross expenditure and income figures included in the above table are linked to the budget digest information presented to Council in January, which are prior to any adjustments to comply with CIPFA and central government reporting requirements.