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Council tax bills hit £2,000 for half of boroughs

  • March 22, 2024
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Council tax bills hit £2,000 for half of boroughs

Nearly half of London boroughs see residents paying an average of £2,000 a year in council tax. Residents in 15 of the 33 boroughs will be charged that among if living in Band D properties or higher.  

Eight boroughs were already charging Band D homes, used as a benchmark comparing rates of tax, above £2,000. They were Bexley, Croydon, Harrow, Havering, Kingston, Richmond, Sutton and Waltham Forest. They are joined by Barking and Dagenham, Brent, Camden, Enfield, Haringey, Lewisham and Redbridge. The highest bill will be in Kingston which charges £2,374.32. Next is Croydon with £2,366.91, followed by Harrow at £2,286.32

On the other hand, the lowest rate is Wandsworth. The borough has frozen its portion of council tax, meaning that residents will only have to pay a bill of £961.14. Next is Westminster at £973.16 and Hammersmith & Fulham with a bill of £1,386.77.

The government has stated that it “recognises councils are facing challenges.”

“That is why we announced an additional £600 million support package for councils across England,” it added, “increasing their overall funding for the upcoming financial year to £64.7 billion — a 7.5 per cent increase in cash terms.”

A portion of council tax bills go to the borough council and another portion to City Hall. Boroughs’ increases to their portion are capped at 4.99%. Any annual rise above that amount requires a local referendum be held. Nearly every borough opted for the maximum rise but the Mayor of London has no limit for increasing that part of the bill. Mayor Sadiq Khan announced an increase to his portion of 8.6% in December. This represents a rise of £37.26 for Band D households.

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