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The precept for the year 2016/17 was set at £515,341 equating to a local parish precepting charge of £124.04 for Band D properties.


In addition to this SSDC awarded £49,650 as part of the Precept Support Grant, a transitional arrangement that has come about since Central Government imposed changes in the way council tax benefits are paid.

The Precept Support Grant is reducing annually, and it will be eliminated completely by 2019. Chard Town council were awarded £15,800 for 2017/18, £33,850 less than the previous year. This reduction, in addition to the need to ensure that a number of key projects in the Town are funded, meant the Town Council felt it was prudent not to draw on their reserved funds as they have in previous years

Reluctantly for 2017/2018 the Members felt there was no alternative but to increase the Band D percentage. The precept demand was therefore set at £608,741 with a Band D Equivalent for 2017/2018 of £144.33, an increase of £20.29.


SSDC collects council tax on behalf of all of the local precepting authorities. The individual amounts, based on a Band D property, are as follows:

Precepting authority: 2017/2018
South Somerset District Council £157.48
Somerset County Council (SCC) £1,082.36
SCC Adult Social Care £42.43
Avon & Somerset Crime & Police Commissioner £181.81
Devon & Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority £81.57
Total £1,689.98


Budget 2017-2018

Budget 2016-2017

Budget 2015-2016

Budget 2013 2014