Guide to your Council Tax 2016/17

Dear Resident,

Enfield Council remains committed to providing the high quality services that you need and rely on to live active, fulfilling and successful lives.

Delivering excellent services for our growing population at a time of shrinking resources is very challenging.  Since 2010, Enfield Council has had to save £118 million because of reductions in funding from central government – 49 per cent in real terms – and increased pressures on services.  We need to make a further £56 million of savings by 2019/20 following the 2015 Spending Review, as funding continues to fall. 

Enfield Council is also disadvantaged by millions of pounds each year by the way central government calculates our grant as a result of a process called damping – which takes funding away from some councils despite it being assessed as needed.

The scale of the savings we have already had to deliver means that efficiencies are no longer enough and further savings will affect council services across the board. 

However, we continue to listen to your views and priorities when making these difficult decisions on funding reductions and what actions to take to best protect the vital services you rely on.

Over 3,300 people took part in the recent consultation on priority services and Council Tax levels, with a majority (57 per cent) agreeing that Council Tax should be raised to protect services.

We have made the difficult decision to increase your overall Council Tax bill this year by 1.78 per cent as a result of a package of measures designed to protect services. These measures include an initial 1.99 per cent increase in Council Tax for the first time in seven years and a ring-fenced Social Care precept of 2 per cent to help protect adult social care funding in Enfield. However, the overall increase in the Council Tax bill will be 1.78 per cent as a result of reductions in the Greater London Authority element of the Council Tax.

We pledge to continue to find new and innovative ways to provide services to minimise the cost burden on residents. This includes continuing to deliver the Enfield2017 transformation programme which has streamlined ways of working and ensured we make the smartest possible use of budgets, building and staff – largely protecting residents from the worst impact of funding reductions over the last few years.

At the same time we have continued to deliver award-winning services ranging from Parks to Street Cleaning, opened superb new facilities such as the Ordnance Unity Centre and the refurbished and transformed Palmers Green library, as well as investing in the future of Enfield through the delivery of thousands of additional school places and major regeneration projects throughout the borough.

Despite the challenges we face, we are still hugely ambitious for the borough and are committed to creating a fairer Enfield that provides greater opportunity for all.

Cllr Doug Taylor

Leader of Enfield Council

How the money will be spent

In the coming year the Council will spend £1,095 million, of which £107.9 million comes from Council Tax and £34.5 million from retained local business rates. The remaining amount comes from business rates top-up, government grants, subsidies, fees and charges, and other income. This includes funding for schools and payment of housing benefits.

The final budget took into account the feedback from the Budget Consultation, reductions in government funding, local priorities, increases in demand for services and other increased costs.

How Enfield’s Budget will be spent in 2016/17

Your Council Tax also helps to pay for the Greater London Authority (GLA), which funds and runs the police, fire and transport services across London. Their costs are shown separately on your bill. More information on the GLA is provided later in this guide.

We charge Council Tax on most homes. There is one bill for each home, whether it is a house, bungalow, flat, maisonette, mobile home or houseboat, and whether the people living in the home own it or rent it.

Each home has been put into a band according to its value on the open market on 1 April 1991. The Council Tax Base for 2016/17 has been set at 94,317 band ‘D’ equivalent homes. Band D is the standard band for calculation of the Council Tax. The Council Tax for the other bands is calculated by following the rules laid down in the ‘Local Government Finance Act 1992’.

Your Council Tax bill will say which band your home is in. You can also look at the valuation list in the Civic Centre. These costs assume two adults living in a property.

If you are entitled to Council Tax support, your bill will be reduced by a discount as shown on your bill. 

Total Council Tax 2015/16

Council Tax Band

Amount of Tax for Enfield 2016/17

Amount of Tax for GLA 2016/17

Total Council Tax 2016/17

£

 

£

£

£

930.23

A

762.78

184.00

946.78

1,085,26

B

889.91

214.67

1,104.58

1,240.30

C

1,017.04

245.33

1,262.37

1,395.34

D

1,144.17

276.00

1,420.17

1,705.42

E

1,398.43

337.33

1,735.76

2,015.49

F

1,652.69

398.67

2,051.36

2,325.57

G

1,906.95

460.00

2,366.95

2,790.68

H

2,288.34

552.00

2,840.34

Why has my Council Tax bill changed?

For an average Band D property:

Increase in Council Tax to protect vital services + £2.18 per month over ten monthly payments
New precept to help pay for adult social care costs + £2.20 per month over ten monthly payments
Reduction in Greater London Authority costs (due to ending of Olympic precept and other changes)

- £1.90 per month over ten monthly payments

As a result, an average Band D property will see an increase in the Council Tax charge of 1.78 per cent or £2.48 per month over ten monthly payments.

Enfield Council is improving its online services to enable you to access more council services in one place, speed up your payments and save you time.

To do this, you need to register for your Enfield Connected account.

As a Council Tax payer your Enfield Connected account will enable you to:

  • pay your Council Tax simply and easily by Direct Debit
  • check your balance and payment history
  • inform us of a change of circumstance, by editing your account profile*
  • apply for discounts

You can also set up an Enfield Connected account to:

If you do not have access to the internet, or would like help to set up an account, our Digital Champions are available at your local library to help you.

Council Tax Support

If you receive 100 per cent Council Tax Support, you will see an increase in your financial support to pay for the additional costs.  If you receive some financial help through the Council Tax Support Scheme, you may see an increase in your contribution.  This is due to the increase in Council Tax and a reduction in the level of subsidy the council pays for Council Tax Support.  This sees the minimum contribution for working age households not in a protected group increase from 19.5 per cent to 25 per cent.

If you are experiencing financial hardship, find out more about financial assistance.    


 *available from 6 April 2016

The table below sets out the council’s expenditure and income, external levies and the Council Tax requirement.

 

2015/16 £million

2016/17 £million

Enfield Council's Gross Expenditure

1,058.33

1,087.92

Statutory Levies

 

 

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

0.28

0.27

North London Waste Authority: Household Waste Levy

5.19

5.84

Environment Agency

0.21

0.21

London Pension Fund Authority

0.35

0.35

Gross Expenditure

1,064.36

1,094.59

Gross Income

(963.44)

(986.67)

Council Tax Requirement

100.92

107.92

The change between the 2015/16 and 2016/17 Council Tax requirement is shown below:

 

£million

Council Tax Requirement 2015/16

100.9

Inflation and pay award provision including the London Living Wage.

2.6

Additional costs including population growth.

9.9

Capital Financing including interest charges.

2.3

Reductions in previous year’s government funding.

11.7

Budget savings and increases in income (Full Year Effect).

(8.1)

Budget savings and increases in income (New Savings).

(12.9)

Other items.

1.5

Council Tax Requirement 2016/17

107.9

Introduction

The Mayor of London is committed to achieving value for money for Londoners and supporting London’s economic growth. This guide explains how your council tax pays for Greater London Authority (GLA) services. For the fifth year running the Mayor is cutting his part of the council tax. This means that he has reduced it by ten per cent in cash terms during his second term.

The current financial climate means the public sector must provide better public services with fewer resources. This year’s budget has required some tough choices to be made. Within this context it seeks to protect the key services Londoners expect from the Mayor - safer streets, investment in transport infrastructure and more affordable housing.

Council tax and budget information

The GLA’s share of the council tax for a typical Band D property has been reduced by £19 to £276. The table below shows how this is allocated. A Band D council taxpayer in the City of London, which has its own police force, will pay £73.89.

Council tax (£) 2015 - 2016 Change 2016 - 2017
MOPAC (Met Police) 208.87 -6.76 202.11
LFEPA (Fire Brigade)  50.85 -3.81 47.04
GLA and Olympics GLA and Olympics GLA and Olympics 24.72
TfL (Transport) 2.21 -0.08 2.13
Total (£) 295.00 -19.00 276.00

Controlling costs at City Hall (core GLA)

The Mayor’s budget includes large savings and efficiencies across the GLA group in 2016-17. These savings have allowed the Mayor to reduce his precept on London council taxpayers and release resources to meet his key priorities.

The Mayor is increasing the supply of affordable homes, over and above the 100,000 new homes he has already provided since 2008. This is being done through new approaches, like creating over 20 new Housing Zones. He also uses his budget to help make London a cleaner, greener and safer city. Other investment helps to regenerate town centres across London. Through the GLA group’s work, he also creates over 200,000 new jobs and apprenticeship opportunities for young Londoners.

The Mayor’s Policing and Crime Plan has set the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) a challenge to cut high impact, high volume neighbourhood crimes by 20 per cent and increase public confidence by at least 20 per cent. At the same time, the MPS has been provided with the resources to maintain police officer numbers at around 32,000.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) is also changing the MPS. It has:

  • increased the percentage of frontline officers, up from 42.3 per cent in March 2013 to 54.1 per cent in September 2015
  • put 2,600 extra officers into local neighbourhoods
  • launched the largest rollout of body-worn video technology in any city in the world, with 22,000 cameras being provided for police officers
  • made the MPS more diverse than at any other time in its history

Transport for London (TfL)

With London’s population forecast to grow by one million in the next decade, TfL is investing in making the transport network more reliable and accessible. Planned investment by TfL over this period includes:

  • new signalling on the Circle, District, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines, to help increase capacity and reliability
  • upgrading Victoria, Bond Street, Bank, Tottenham Court Road and Finsbury Park stations
  • introducing a new 24-hour Tube service at weekends on key lines during 2016
  • working with London boroughs to maintain existing concessionary travel schemes. This includes free 24 hour travel for the over 60s, the disabled, armed forces personnel in uniform and eligible war veterans with discounts on travelcards available for apprentices
  • completing Crossrail by 2019 which will increase London’s rail capacity by ten per cent and extending the Northern Line to Nine Elms and Battersea
  • increasing capacity by 50 per cent on the Wimbledon to Croydon tram service
  • investing £250 million to help meet the Mayor’s target of over 50 per cent of Rail and Underground stations being step-free by 2018
  • electrifying the Gospel Oak to Barking London Overground line and extending this to Barking Riverside
  • investing £4 billion to improve the safety and quality of London’s roads for all users by 2022
  • investing £913 million over the next decade to make cycling safer by creating safer junctions, segregated cycle routes and Quietways on less busy streets with a further £200 million on bus priority schemes

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA)

LFEPA is working to become a more efficient and effective organisation. The aim is to balance the authority's budget while seeking to protect, and where possible, improve the London Fire Brigade’s response times. LFEPA also promotes community safety and fire prevention. It ensures that buildings in London conform to fire safety standards in order to protect both Londoners and visitors to the capital.

London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)

The LLDC was set up by the Mayor to ensure that London benefits from a lasting legacy from the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Olympic Stadium will reopen permanently this summer before the start of the 2016-17 football season, while by 2030, there will be over 10,000 new homes in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Mayor’s budget will also support his £1.3 billion Olympicopolis project which will see a new world class education and cultural district created in the park.

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC)

The OPDC will help create 65,000 new jobs and over 25,000 new homes in this part of west London over the next 20 years. It will build on the regeneration that will be brought to the area by the new High Speed 2 (HS2), Crossrail and Great West Mainline stations at Old Oak Common.

Summary of GLA group budget

The tables below set out the GLA’s funding sources, the reasons for the year on year budget change and how we calculate the sum to be collected from the council tax (the council tax requirement).

How the GLA budget is funded (£m) 2016-17
Gross expenditure  11,481
Government grants and retained business rates  -3,985
Fares, charges and other income  -6,578
Use of reserves  -144
Amount met by council tax payers  774
Changes in spending (£m) 2016-17
2015-16 council tax requirement  801
Inflation  193
Efficiencies and other savings  -304
New investment to improve services 164
Other changes (for example fares revenue)  -80
2016-17 council tax requirement  774

Detailed budget by service area

The table below compares the GLA group’s expenditure on policing, fire and other services (including transport) in 2016-17 with 2015-16.

The reduction in gross expenditure reflects the impact of the phased ending of the contribution of London council taxpayers to fund the 2012 Games and the assumed profiling of transport investment. This is offset by an increase of nearly £50 million in the police budget. Overall the council tax requirement has fallen mainly because of the £19 drop in the Mayor’s precept per Band D property. Find out more about our budget on GOV.UK, or call us on 020 7983 4000.

Summary of spending
and income £m

(Figures may not be exact due to rounding)

Police
(MOPAC)

Fire
(LFEPA)

Other services 
(incl. GLA, TfL, LLDC and OPDC)

GLA group total

2015-16

2016-17

2015-16

2016-17

2015-16

2016-17

2015-16

2016-17

Gross expenditure

3,166.6

 3,263.5

423.7

425.2

7,860.5

7,792.1

11,450.8 

11,480.8

Government grants and business rates

-2,274.8

-2,316.8

-253.2 

-257.0

-1,698.4

-1,410.7

-4,226.3 

-3,984.5

Other income (incl. fares and charges)

-261.7

-257.7

-32.2

-32.6

-6,070.0 

-6,288.0

-6,364.0

-6,578.3

Net expenditure

630.1

689.0

138.3 

135.6

92.1 

93.5

860.5 

918.0

Change to level of reserves

-63.6

-122.3

-0.1

2.7

3.9

-24.1

-59.8 

-143.7

Council tax requirement (income)

566.5

566.7

138.2

138.2

96.0

69.4

800.7 

774.3