Adult social care precept

Adult social care is one of the main services provided by Hampshire County Council. Councils nationwide are facing substantial cost pressures in providing adult social care services. This is due to:

  • increasing numbers of people requiring care
  • the rising cost of providing care
  • Government funding for councils remaining constrained

To help fund these pressures, the Government expects councils responsible for providing adult social care services to have an adult social care precept (precept is a technical term for council tax).

It should be noted that the precept just funds some of the pressures in adult social care. A large amount of all the council tax Hampshire County Council receives is used to fund social care.

Our total budget for adults’ social care and health in 2022/23 is £572 million. The precept will raise £87 million towards this. Other sources of funding which help fund adult social care include ordinary council tax, government grants and service charges.

The Government recently introduced a Health and Social Care Levy. Most of the funds raised from this are being used by the NHS. The amount given to adult social care is only sufficient to cover the costs of new Government policies, such as the cap on care costs. It does not fund many of the other pressures which are affecting adult social care costs, such as the increased numbers of people requiring care and recent significant price increases by providers of home and residential care. The Government expects local authorities to continue to use council tax, including the adult social care precept, to fund these.

Key information

The precept is part of council tax rather than a service charge, so is not linked to whether or not you receive social care services.

If you pay for care services you receive, please note that the precept does not replace these charges.

The precept is included in your council tax bill so is collected as part of your usual council tax payments.

Adult social care precept amount for each property band

Presentation on council tax bills and calculation

Detailed information about how the adult social care precept is calculated and presented on bills is available on our webpage about how council tax is calculated