Adult Social Care statement
Essex County Council is able to charge an additional amount to fund Adult Social Care through the Council Tax charges it sets. This is known as an Adult Social Care Precept, (ASC Precept).
The percentage increase for the 2022 to 2023 ASC Precept is calculated from the combined total of the main Essex County Council Precept plus Adult Social Care Precept from last year's bill. For 2022 to 2023 this is an increase of 2.5%.
The ASC Precept increase looks different to how other percentage increases are shown on the Council Tax bills. The 2.5% increase is correctly shown in line with the legislation.
Adult social care funding
The Secretary of State 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 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 spending on adult social care from the financial year 2016 to 2017. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019 to 2020. 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.