How council tax is spent

How council tax is spent 2017-2018

How much do I pay?

You pay your council tax to Wycombe District Council and this money is shared with other local service providers (known as preceptors) as shown below

  • Buckinghamshire County Council: 77.0 per cent
  • Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley Area: 10.8 per cent
  • Wycombe District Council: 8.3 per cent
  • Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authority: 3.9 per cent

In addition to the authorities above, some of your council tax is shared with your local parish or town council to pay for the services they provide. These charges vary according to local needs and are listed below.

Precepts by parish areas
Parish Area2016 to 2017 Precept £Band D Charge £2017 to 2018 Precept £Band D Charge £
Bledlow-cum-Saunderton 18,149 15.12 18,144 15.1
Bradenham 7,000 30.96 7,141 30.84
Chepping Wycombe 341,372 54.02 344,968 54.34
Downley 90,007 45.7 96,675 49.04
Ellesborough 19,618 44.58 19,619 44.49
Fawley (Parish Meeting) 0 0 0 0
Great & Little Hampden 2,585 15.67 3,005 18.29
Great & Little Kimble cum Marsh 30,001 63.27 44,442 90.82
Great Marlow 12,233 17.04 12,241 17.01
Hambleden 32,001 38.32 32,007 38.3
Hazlemere 231,596 62.26 272,598 68.48
Hedsor (Parish Meeting) 0 0 0 0
High Wycombe Town - Charter Trustees 58,064 2.7 0 0
High Wycombe Town - Special Expenses 371,300 17.33 436,994 19.89
Hughenden 197,588 50.22 207,500 51.96
Ibstone 7,001 48.44 7,000 47.96
Lacey Green 24,997 20.23 25,775 20.63
Lane End 114,354 82.54 120,552 85.75
Little Marlow 47,11 59.54 48,061 60.64
Longwick-cum-Ilmer 22,893 33.63 27,471 40.23
Marlow Bottom 31,703 20.97 38,000 24.96
Marlow Town 322,824 48.58 341,441 51.23
Medmenham 19,110 37.16 20,680 39.96
Piddington & Wheeler End 20,001 75.97 20,252 77.99
Princes Risborough 331,702 95.21 345,721 98.88
Radnage 25,200 66.21 26,460 69.33
Stokenchurch 65,106 33.98 72,016 37.1
Turville 6,500 29.77 6,500 30.32
West Wycombe - Parish Council 40,499 74.91 0 0
West Wycombe - Special Expenses 3,100 5.73 45,103 83.35
Wooburn and Bourne End 248,064 53.71 349,032 73.41

Details of parish and town councils that have budgets greater than £140,000 for 2015 to 2016 are given below:

Budget Requirements of parish and town councils spending over £140,000
 2016 to 2017   2017 to 2018 
Gross Cost £ Gross Income £ Net Cost £ Parish/town council (or equivalent) Gross Cost £ Gross Income* £ Net Cost £
392,041 56,496 335,577 Chepping Wycombe 396,473 42,305 354,168
 346,100  98,615  247,485 Hazlemere TBC TBC TBC
529,800 163,600 366,200 High Wycombe Special Expenses 572,389 111,460 460,929
221,485 25,675 195,810 Hughenden TBC TBC TBC
448,226 125,429 322,797 Marlow Town 472,318 130,851 341,467
508,346 176,644 331,702 Princes Risborough 440,097 79,642 360,455
280,455 48,652 231,803 Wooburn and Bourne End 397,056 48,064 348,992

*Gross income includes council tax reduction scheme income and use of working balances.

Further details for parish/town council services can be found at the following websites:

Our Income and Spending

Wycombe District Council’s share of the council tax has not gone up this year. The average band D household will pay Wycombe District Council £2.53 a week, or £131.99 a year. Apart from last year’s small rise of 10p a week, that means we’ve frozen our part of your council tax for six out of the last seven years.

General fund summary
2015/2016 Actuals2016/2017 Net Estimate 2017/2018 Gross Expenditure2017/2018 Income and CreditsNet Expenditure
4,518,099 4,862,400 Community 6,231,644 (2,537,659) 3,693,985
6,417,383 6,386,400 Environment 11,054,953 (4,827,170) 6,227,783
(3,529,928) (3,872,300) Economic development and regeneration 3,760,349 (7,479,007) (3,718,658)
3,043,913 3,260,800 Planning 5,541,290 (2,272,910) 3,268,380
2,305,322 2,212,700 Housing 3,628,731 (1,220,040) 2,408,691
2,484,111 2,283,200 Leader 3,928,745 (1,487,595) 2,441,150
1,608,939 2,026,000 Finance and resources 53,410,476 (51,218,440) 2,192,036
121,675 157,800 Unallocated overheads 1,393,000 0 1,393,000
0 110,100 Planned maintenance 130,000 0 130,000
16,969,514 17,427,100 Net Cost of Services 89,079,188 (71,042,821) 18,036,367
(2,518,501) (2,901,012) Reversal of Depreciation and Deferred Charges     (2,382,967)
14,451,013 14,526,088 General Fund Expenditure     15,653,400
(288,662) (594,000) Contribution to / (from) repairs and renewals fund     (863,100)
(94,093)   Council Tax Freeze Grant      
147,315 128,000 Payment to Parishes/Special Expenses     109,000
0 623,512 Contribution to Revenue Development Reserve (RDR)     -899,400
14,338,573 14,683,600 General Fund Requirement     13,999,900
    Funding Sources      
5,512,000 1,490,000 Revenue Support Grant (RSG)     635,000
0 3,060,000 Business Rates Funding     3,125,000
978,000 1,152,000 New Homes Bonus Fund applied     875,000
8,569,700 8,761,000 Council Tax - General Fund      9,037,600
0 220,600 Council Tax Adjustment      243,300
0 0 Transition Grant     84,000
15,059,700 14,683,600 Total Funding     13,999,900
(721,127) 0 (Surplus)/Deficit for the Year     0

 Previous data

How your council tax is spent 2016-2017 (PDF 83KB)