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18. How is the Council Tax spent?

The money collected through Council Tax helps pay for services for approximately 780,000 people in the Devon County area. Council Tax is collected by East Devon District Council and distributed across these local public authorities:

If you have a query regarding the amount charged by any of the above organisations then to save yourself time, please contact the relevant body direct.

How is my money spent?

East Devon District Council Spending plans 2019/20:

Your Council Tax band is decided by the Listing Officer from the Valuation Office and is based on the open market value of a property on 1 April 1991. All properties are placed into one of eight bands and the band for your home will be shown on your bill. In some cases, a Council Tax bill is decided on the number of adults living in the household. East Devon District Council charges for each band:

Band £ Band £
A 94.52 E 173.29
B 110.27 F 204.79
C 126.03 G 236.30
D 141.78 H 283.56


General Fund comment: East Devon District Council plans to spend £71.1m (gross) this year on providing services to people in East Devon. £62.7m of this comes from income we receive from business rates, property rents, fees and charges and government administration grants which leaves £8.0m (£7.6m 2017/18) to be met through Council Tax.  East Devon District Council’s share of Council Tax will increase by £5 which means a 3.7% rise and Band D now charged at £141.78 a year.

£29.6m will be spent on Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support payments mainly met by government grants. Other areas of expenditure include £5.8m on recycling and collecting waste, £1.1m car parks, £1.2m Public Health, £2.3m sports centres and swimming pools, £2.8m parks, open space and play equipment, £0.9m public conveniences, £1.8m street cleaning and £2.8m on planning applications administration.

Capital spending comment: Spending on Council owned housing is planned to be £18.1m to provide management and maintenance of the housing stock and planned improvements.  These costs are met from rents paid by tenants.

HRA Comment: In addition to the spending detailed above, during 2019/20 capital projects spend is planned of £11.2m.  The main areas of spend being;  £4.9m on Council housing, £3.5m on economic development and regeneration, £0.2m on beaches and foreshores, £0.2m on leisure centres and swimming pools, £1m on play equipment and playgrounds, £0.3m on car parks and £0.3m on Disabled Facility Grants.

Service plans

Our annual service plans detail what will be delivered in each service area. They provide information about the service and what it aims to achieve in the current financial year. They also set out service challenges for the next three years, emerging risks, staffing and training and any equalities actions to be achieved. 

Performance reporting

The progress of the service plan objectives is reported through our performance reporting pages

How the Council Tax charge is worked out:

Revenue and Capital Estimates - 2019/20 

Town and Parish Councils with budgets over £140,000 - 2019/20 

Parish Precepts and Council Tax Bands - 2019/20:

Schedule 1 - Breakdown of a band D charge by parish Schedule 2 - East Devon District Council charge (including Town/Parish tax) by parish Schedule 3 Council Tax charge (all bands) by parish

Calculate your Council Tax based on your postcode.

The average 2019/20 Council Tax charge for a band D property in East Devon is £1,893.05 and is made up as follows:

Council Tax Levies





Change from

previous year

East Devon District Council 136.78 141.78 3.66%
Parish & Town Councils (average) 65.01 68.18 4.88%
Devon County Council 1,331.19 1,384.29 3.99%
Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall 188.28 212.28 12.75%
Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Authority 84.01 86.52 2.99%
TOTALS 1,805.27 1,893.05 4.86%