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Council Tax

  • By London Councils

Council tax was introduced in April 1993. 

Most homes are subject to council tax. There is one bill per home, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, mobile home or houseboat, and whether it is owned or rented.

The level of council tax in each authority is set annually and is paid by local residents to help finance an authority’s many services.

Council tax is a property tax based upon the value of a domestic property.  Each property is grouped into one of eight bands (based on the property's value as at 1 April 1991). These bands then determine the level of council tax for each dwelling: 

Band

A

B

C

D

E

F

G

H

Ratio to Band D bill

6/9

7/9

8/9

9/9

11/9

13/9

15/9

18/9

1991 Property Value, £000

< 40

40-52

52-68

68-88

88-120

120-160

160-320

> 320

 

Council Tax in London

Council tax makes up approximately a third of all local government funding (see London Councils’ funding diagram) and is set by councils each year. 

From 2013 onwards, any council that wishes to raise council tax by greater than the threshold set  by central government (currently two per cent) will have to hold a local referendum.

In London, council tax bills also include a precept for the Greater London Authority and one for Adult Social Care.

Local authorities are also responsible for designing and administering local council tax support schemes to assist those who find it hardest to pay.

Council Tax Monitor 2016/17

All boroughs have set their final council tax figures for 2016/17.  You can use the links on the right hand side to access the 2016/17 council tax monitor, which contains the London boroughs’ band D averages for 2016/17, as well as previous years’ monitors. Figures are shown including and excluding the GLA and ASC precept.

Please note that the band D figures may sometimes differ slightly from the figures quoted by the boroughs, as we have included garden squares/Wimbledon & Putney Commons in the band D averages.

If you have any questions regarding the figures please contact the fair funding team on 020 7934 9768 or LGF@londoncouncils.gov.uk