As well as providing everyday services, the council will be investing £496 million over the next 3 years in long-term projects. These projects will include:

  • improving roads
  • enhancing our town centres
  • delivery of infrastructure for the future housing development on the Hoo Peninsula
  • creating school places
  • delivering housing
  • investing in cultural and leisure facilities. 

The money for these schemes come from a number of sources, including borrowing, government grants and selling surplus assets. 

The council spends £496 million a year providing services to Medway residents. The table below illustrates how spending is paid for, comparing figures to 2021 to 2022. 

  2021 to 2022 Budget 2022 to 2023
Gross revenue spending on council services £541.112 million £496.301 million
Less: gross income £189.205 million £144.320 million
Budget requirement £351.862 million £351.981 million
Less: government grant and business rates share £214.529 million £213.895 million
Council Tax requirement £137.333 million £138.086 million
Plus: Parish precepts £524,000 £563,000
Council Tax requirement including parishes £137.857 million £138.649 million

Changes in cost of services

The council plans to spend £469 million to provide serves to residents, the table below shows how this is spent, comparing figures for 2021 to 2022. 

Services Budget 2021 to 2022 Budget 2022 to 2023
Services for children £167.223 million £137.530 million
Housing (including benefit payments) £93.814 million £102.988 million
Adult social services £110.162 million £114.343 million
Services for the environment £61.880 million £55.404 million
Leisure and cultural services £21.232 million £18.960 million
Public health £18.613 million £16.003 million
Other council services £68.187 million £50.537 million
Total spending £541.112 million £495.764 million
Less: Income from charges, government grants, etc £403.779 million £358.215 million
Council Tax requirement £137.333 million £137.549 million

The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities. ('Adult social care authorities' are local councils 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 expenditure 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.

How is my Council Tax worked out?

Each residential property is put into a valuation band. There are eight bands altogether according to the estimated market value, as at 1 April 1991.

The council divides the amount of money it needs to raise by the number of properties in Medway. This gives the amount each household pays. For example, in 2022 to 2023 people with a property in Band D will pay £1,591.74. (This is for council services only and doesn’t include the amount that is added on for police and fire services and charges by parishes). Charges for the remaining bands are a proportion of the Band D charge.

Property value range Band B Proportion of Band D chargeable
Up to £40,000 A 6/9
£40,001 to £52,000 B 7/9
£52,001 to £68,000 C 8/9
£68,001 to £88,000 D 9/9
£88,001 to £120,000 E 11/9
£120,001 to £160,000 F 13/9
£160,001 to £320,000 G 15/9
£320,001 and above H 18/9