What is Council Tax and how much is it

Find out about Council Tax, how much it is, and how the money is spent.

What is Council Tax

Council Tax charges for 2024/25

Download and read the letter from Executive Mayor, Jason Perry for an update on the council's budget 2024/25 (PDF, 2.3MB).

The bills will be posted in batches from mid-March and will be available to view online if you have registered for an online account. To view or to register please visit the My account webpage.

If you have opted for paperless billing, you will receive an email notification when your bill is available to view online. In order to do this, you need to ensure that you are registered for an online account.  

What is Council Tax

Council Tax is a tax on residential properties, such as houses, flats and caravans. It's paid by the occupiers, or in some cases the owners of a property.

Council tax is an annual charge that we charge for the services we provide, such as:

  • adult social care, supporting independent living, mental health and dementia emergencies
  • schools, school admissions and attendance
  • support for families, children's centres and youth services
  • community safety orders and neighbourhood safety officers
  • refuse collection, recycling centres, noise pollution and fly tipping penalty notices
  • planning applications, building control, licensing, trading standards and food safety
  • street maintenance, repairs, parking permits and fines, and the blue badge parking exemption scheme
  • council housing and maintenance, homelessness, housing benefit, council tax support and reductions
  • leisure centres, museums, libraries and parks
  • birth, death and marriage registration and civil ceremonies, cemeteries and cremations

Included in your bill are amounts we collect on behalf of the Greater London Authority (GLA) to help fund the Metropolitan Police, London Fire Brigade and transport services.

The amount you pay

The amount you pay is calculated according to the banding of your property based on the market value on 1 April 1991. Bands are set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).

You can view the amount you will pay for your property band for 2024/25 on the council's finances page.