Council Tax Charges 2016/17

Council Tax

After six years holding Council Tax at 2010/11 levels, Winchester City Council has agreed that there should be an increase in Council Tax for 2016/17; the Band D Council Tax will increase from £126.27 in 2015/16 to £130.65 for 2016/17 (an increase of 3.47%) in order to meet the estimates of expenditure for services administered by the Council.


This budget continues to progress the Council’s priority to maintain and develop the economic prosperity of Winchester and continuity of essential services.

This information is about the Winchester City Council element of council tax. Your council tax bill also includes amounts for Hampshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Authority, and, your parish or town council.

For further details relating to the non Winchester City Council elements of council tax, please follow the below links

Adult Social Care funding for Hampshire County Council

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” of up to 2% 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. Subject to the annual approval of the House of Commons, the Secretary of State intends to offer the option of charging this “precept” in relation to each financial year up to and including the financial year 2019-20.

In relation to the financial year beginning in 2016 the Secretary of State has determined (and the House of Commons has approved) a referendum principle of 4% (comprising 2% for expenditure on adult social care and 2% for other expenditure), for adult social care authorities. These authorities may therefore set council tax up to this percentage in 2016 without holding a referendum. Hampshire County Council has chosen to do this.