Where do council tax payments go

Explaining the percentage increase

On the council tax bill the increase appears as follows: (The example used here is for a Band D property).

Explaining percentage increase of council tax bill
How the tax is arrived at for band D Amount Increase
Surrey County Council 1,457.14 1.0
Adult Social Care 217.94 2.0
Runnymede Borough Council 184.92 3.0
Surrey Police 310.57 5.1
Total 2,170.57 3.3

The formula for calculating the increase is set by government and is as shown below (the percentages are rounded to two decimal places).


Band D example






*Base to






on bill

Surrey County Council
Core Precept
£1,440.91 £1,457.14 £1,626.39 0.998% £16.23 1.0%
SCC - Adult Social
Precept (ASC)
£185.48 £217.94 £1,626.39 1.996% £32.46 2.0%
Surrey County
Main Precept
and ASC Precept
£1,626.39 £1,675.08 £1,626.39 2.994% £48.69 3.0%
Runnymede Borough
£179.55 £184.92 £179.55 2.991% £5.37 3.0%
Police and Crime
for Surrey
£295.57 £310.57 £295.57 5.075% £15.00 5.1%
TOTAL £2,101.51 £2,170.57 £2,101.51 3.29% £69.06  

*Please note that the ‘Base to Measure Increase’ (Column C) for the Surrey County Council (SCC) Core Precept and the SCC – Adult Social Care Precept (ASC) is based on the combined figure for the previous year. Whilst the Runnymede Borough Council and Police Crime Commissioner for Surrey is based on last year’s single precept.

The increases shown in the table above is calculated against the prior year Band D total council tax base.

Surrey County Council - Statutory statement

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has previously 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).

Surrey County Council - Adult Social Care precept

On the council tax bill for 2023/24, the Surrey County Council precept figure (the amount of money it raises through council tax) is split into two - Surrey County Council and the Adult Social Care precept.

For 2023/24, the Surrey County Council percentage increases of 1.0% and 2.0% respectively are a percentage of the 2023/24 combined total.

To understand how the percentage increase has affected your band please download the relevant letter below:

For more information on adult social care, visit Surrey County Council website or contact Surrey County Council on 0300 200 1005.