What does my Council Tax pay for?

We understand that Council Tax is a large portion of your monthly outgoings, so we want to share openly how we are spending your contributions.

Residents of Horsham District benefit from a wide range of services for as little as £3.03 a week per Band D household.

View Council Tax charges for Horsham District

How is my Council Tax shared out?

Although Horsham District Council collects all your Council Tax it only retains 8%. The remainder is split over the following authorities:

How is my Council Tax spent?

Council Tax is spent to deliver a wide range of services, of which the more significant ones are set out below.

Horsham District Council

  • Leisure facilities
  • Horsham Museum and Art Gallery and The Capitol Horsham
  • Wellbeing services
  • Planning services
  • Parks, open spaces, play areas
  • Waste and recycling collections
  • Supporting voluntary groups
  • Housing and housing benefits
  • Environmental health and licensing
  • Supporting the local economy

West Sussex County Council

  • Social care and health
  • Education, children and families
  • Fire and rescue
  • Roads and travel
  • Environment, housing and planning
  • Libraries
  • Leisure, recreation and community
  • Registrar services

Sussex Police

  • Local policing services
  • Crime prevention
  • Access to justice
  • Victim support and protection

Parishes/Neighbourhood Councils

  • Community centres
  • Community events
  • Planning consultation
  • Parks, open spaces and recreation
  • Bus shelters, litter bins, street cleaning

View Council Tax charges and financial information

Our 2021/22 budget

Your Council Tax makes up 27% of Horsham District Council's overall income, and contributes to our budget for 2021/22.

The other funding is made up from:

  • Baseline Business Rates - core central Government funding (5%)
  • Fees, charges and ringfenced grants (45%)
  • Investments and Investment Property (13%)
  • New homes bonus (8%)
  • Non-ringfenced revenue grant and Council Tax Support grant (2%)

Our total budget for 2021/22 is £37.8 million. Here's how it will be spent:

  • Waste, recycling and environmental services: £8.6million (23%)
  • Planning, Property, Building Control, Economic Development: £6.6million (17%)
  • Community, arts and leisure: £4.9million (13%)
  • Revenues and benefits, housing and community services: £4.5million (12%)
  • Parking: £2.1million (6%)
  • Supporting front-line services: £8.1million (21%)
  • New Homes Bonus used for income generation and infrastructure: £3million (8%)