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Guide to your Council Tax 2018/19

Dear Resident,

By 2020 central Government will have cut funding to Enfield Council by 60 per cent in real terms since 2010. Enfield Council has already delivered £161m savings and needs to make a further £31m saving by 2019/2020 – at a time of increasing need and demand from a growing population.

These savings have to be found from an inadequate funding pot. Enfield gets less than £320 per resident compared to some other London boroughs which get more than £500 per resident – making it more difficult for us to make a positive difference and properly fund our services. We will continue to lobby central Government for Fair Funding for Enfield on your behalf.

However, despite these challenges we are proud of our many recent achievements and remain hugely ambitious for the borough:

  • Edmonton Green Library received a £4.2 million top-to-toe refurbishment
  • Significant regeneration of our high streets and estates including Ponders End High Street, Dujardin Mews and Ladderswood
  • 16 new police officers, funded by Enfield Council continue to keep our estates safer
  • 93 per cent of all our schools are described as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted
  • Continuing to provide thousands of new school places to meet demand

We also continue to strive to protect local frontline services. Efficiencies alone are no longer enough and we have taken the difficult decision to increase Council Tax by 2.99 per cent to help us do this.

In response to the increasing costs of adult social care services and the growth in the number of residents who need this support, the Government has again given all councils the option of levying a precept to help fund these services. We will be applying a 2 per cent precept to help meet these rising costs, as the Government assumes that we will when calculating other grant allocations.

This means the overall increase in Council Tax will be 4.99 per cent or 5.01 per cent including the GLA precept. This equates to around £1.42p a week (including GLA element) for the average band D property in Enfield.

It is important that you pay your Council Tax, but we understand some people may struggle with their bill. If you are experiencing financial hardship visit our website where you can find out about financial assistance.

Residents often ask how they can do their bit to protect vital services by helping keep costs down. Over 60,000 people in Enfield already pay their Council Tax by Direct Debit. It’s the easiest way to pay and saves the Council hundreds of thousands of pounds which can be used to protect frontline services.

Find out more about your Council Tax.

Cllr Doug Taylor
Leader of Enfield Council

How the money will be spent

In the coming year the Council will spend £1,163 million, of which £121.1 million comes from Council Tax and £70.5 million from locally retained 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 2018/19

Council's gross expenditure 2018/19

Pie chart of the council's gross expenditure 2018/19

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 2018/19 has been set at £96,005 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.

Council Tax Valuation Band Proportion in relation to Band D Amount of Tax for Enfield 2018/19 Amount of Tax for GLA 2018/19 Total Council Tax 2018/19
A
6/9
£840.78
£196.15
£1,036.93
B
7/9
£980.91
£228.85
£1,209.76
C
8/9
£1,121.04
£261.54
£1,382.58
D
9/9
£1,261.17
£294.23
£1,555.40
E
11/9
£1,541.43
£359.61
£1,901.04
F
13/9
£1,821.69
£425
£2,246.69
G
15/9
£2,101.95
£490.38
£2,592.33
H
18/9
£2,522.34
£588.46
£3,110.80

Why has my Council Tax bill changed?

For an average Band D property:

For an average Band D property Cost per month
Increase in Council Tax to protect vital services
+ £3.59 per month over ten monthly payments
Precept to help pay for adult social care costs
+ £2.40 per month over ten monthly payments
Increase in Greater London Authority costs
+ £1.42 per month over ten monthly payments

As a result, an average Band D property will see an increase in the Council Tax charge of 5.01 percent or £7.41 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 to help you at the following libraries:

  • Enfield Town Library
  • Ordnance Unity Library
  • Palmers Green Library
  • Edmonton Green Library

Library contact details and opening hours.

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 received the minimum contribution for working age households and not in a protected group, this will be at 26.5 per cent.

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

 Enfield Council's expenditure and income, external levies and the Council Tax requirement
Statutory Levies 2017/18 £million 2018/19 £million
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
0.25
0.23
North London Waste Authority: Household Waste Levy
5.68
6.52
Environment Agency
0.22
0.22
London Pension Fund Authority
0.49
0.34
Gross Expenditure
1,131.04
1,163.08
Gross Income
(1,016.87)
(1,042)
Council Tax Requirement
114.17
121.08
Enfield Council's gross expenditure (excluding levies)
1,124.40
1,155.77

The change between 2017/18 and 2018/19 Council Tax requirements 
£million
Council Tax requirement 2017/18
114.2
Additional costs including population growth
8.0
Reductions in previous year's government funding
12.0
Budget savings and increases in income
-13.1
Council Tax requirement 2018/19
121.1

Introduction

This is Sadiq Khan’s second budget as the Mayor of London. It is built around his vision of a London where nobody feels left behind and where everyone has the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential. It supports London’s future growth and economic success, building on our City’s thriving economy, extraordinary creativity, tolerance, diversity and openness to the world.

Sadiq Khan will not tolerate any waste of public money, particularly against a background of ever tightening resources from the Government. This year’s budget has required some tough choices. It will improve the key services Londoners need. That means ensuring transport fares are more affordable and building more affordable homes. The budget also provides resources to support jobs and growth, tackle rough sleeping and make London a fairer and cleaner place to live. The Mayor will also provide extra resources from Council Tax and business rates for the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade to keep Londoners safe. This will help offset the impact of continuing real terms cuts in government grant.

Council Tax for GLA Services

The GLA’s share of the Council Tax for a typical Band D property has been increased by £14.21 (or 27p per week) to £294.23. The additional income raised is being applied to fund the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade. A Band D council taxpayer in the City of London, which has its own police force, will pay £76.10.

Council Tax (£) 2017-2018 Change 2018-2019
MOPAC (Metropolitan Police) 206.13 12.00 218.13
LFC (London Fire Brigade)  48.01 2.21 50.22
GLA 23.80 0.04 23.84
TfL (Transport) 2.08 -0.04 2.04
Total (£) 280.02 14.21 294.23

Controlling costs at City Hall and delivering the Mayor’s key priorities

The Mayor’s budget includes significant efficiency savings across the GLA Group in 2018-19. This has allowed him to release resources to meet his key priorities. This includes plans to invest £3.15 billion to support 90,000 new affordable homes in the capital by 2021. He will also provide additional funding to support disadvantaged young Londoners and increase investment in green spaces, improving air quality and reducing the usage of single-use plastics.

The Mayor will also work with London’s business community and key investors to ensure London’s interests are protected. He will put Londoners’ economic opportunities centre stage as the Government’s negotiations to leave the European Union reach their conclusion. He will also provide funding for new projects to bring communities together, tackle social inequality and boost London’s economy.

The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)

The Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan – A Safer City for All Londoners 2017-21 - sets out his strategy for policing over the next four years. His five key priorities are to improve the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), provide a better criminal justice service in London, keep children and young people safe, tackle domestic violence which particularly affects women and girls and stand up against hate crime, intolerance and extremism.

The MPS has to rise to meet these challenges at a time of acute financial pressure. As a result of the reductions in Government grant for policing, in the past four years the MPS has had to close more than 100 police stations and remove 2,800 police staff and PCSOs roles in order to protect officer numbers.

To keep Londoners safe, the Mayor has decided to raise the police element of his Council Tax precept by £12 for a typical Band D property. This will help to keep officer numbers as high as possible within the resources the Mayor has at his disposal.

Transport for London (TfL)

London’s population is forecast to grow by one million in the next decade. TfL is investing to make the transport network more reliable and accessible. The Mayor’s priorities for TfL in his current term include:

  • making transport more affordable. Single bus fares, single pay as you go fares on the Tube and DLR and the charges for the Santander cycle hire scheme will be frozen until at least 2020. This will save travellers an estimated £40 million in 2018-19
  • introducing a new Bus and Tram one-hour Hopper fare which is now in place and investing to improve journey times and reliability on the bus network
  • working with London boroughs to maintain existing concessionary travel and assisted door to door transport schemes. This includes providing free 24-hour travel for the over 60s, the disabled, armed forces personnel in uniform and eligible war veterans and protecting the Taxicard and Dial a Ride schemes. Discounts on travelcards are also available for apprentices
  • increasing capacity on the London Underground and rail services including his introduction of the Night Tube and Night Overground services
  • extending the Barking Gospel Oak line to Barking Riverside and expanding the DLR and tram network
  • planning for the Bakerloo line extension to south east London and new river crossings in east London
  • completing the Elizabeth line (formerly Crossrail) by the end of 2019 which will increase London’s rail capacity by ten per cent and continuing work on the Northern line extension to Nine Elms and Battersea Power station which is due to be completed in 2020
  • developing Crossrail 2 and the Silvertown tunnel and working towards the release of more TfL land to provide new affordable workspaces and homes across London
  • making public transport more accessible for everyone. Step-free access is planned to be introduced at five more London Underground stations in 2018-19 and funding has been secured for a further 13. All Elizabeth line stations will also be step free and
  • investing a record £2.2 billion in street schemes and initiatives designed to make walking, cycling and public transport safer, cleaner and more appealing, including funding eight new Cycle Superhighways and transforming major transport junctions

London Fire Commissioner (LFC)

The Mayor aims to balance the London Fire Brigade’s budget and improve its response times to ensure that the first and second fire engines attending an emergency incident arrive within six and eight minutes respectively. The LFC will also promote community safety and fire prevention and ensure that buildings in the capital conform to fire safety standards to protect both Londoners and visitors.

London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)

The LLDC was set up to ensure that the city benefits from a long-term legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Mayor’s 2018-19 budget provides funding for the development of a world class cultural and education district in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This is expected to create 3,000 new jobs, attract 1.5 million additional visitors and bring £2.8 billion of economic value to east London.

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC)

The OPDC will help create 65,000 new jobs and at least 24,000 new homes in west London over the next 20 years. It will build on the regeneration that the new High Speed 2 (HS2), Crossrail and Great Western Mainline stations at Old Oak Common will bring to the area.

Summary of GLA group budget

The tables below show where the GLA’s funding comes from and the reasons for the year on year budget change. It also explains how the GLA has calculated the sum to be collected from the council tax (the council tax requirement).

How the GLA budget is funded (£million) 2018-19
Gross expenditure 12,178.4
Government grants and retained business rates                              -4,638.3
Fares, charges and other income -6,163.9
Use of reserves -510.5
Amount met by Council Tax payers 865.7
Changes in spending (£million) 2018-19
2017-18 Council Tax requirement 804.8
Inflation 227.3
Efficiencies and other savings -324.2
New initiative 296.2
Other changes (for example fares revenue and government grants) -138.4
2018-19 Council Tax requirement 865.7

Detailed budget by service area

The table below compares the GLA Group’s expenditure on policing, fire and other services (including transport) in 2018-19 with 2017-18.

The GLA’s gross expenditure is higher this year. This is mainly due to the impact of additional investment planned by the Mayor in transport, policing and the fire service. Overall the council tax requirement has increased because of the extra funding for the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade. There has also been a 2.4 per cent increase in London’s residential property taxbase. Find out more about our budget at London.GOV.UK (tel: 020 7983 4000).

Summary of spending
and income (£million)

Police
(MOPAC)

Fire
(LFC)

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

GLA group total

(Figures may not sum exactly due to rounding)

2017-18

2018-19

2017-18

2018-19

2017-18

2018-19

2017-18

2018-19

Gross expenditure

3,269.1

3,331.5

426.8

435.8

8,062.5

8,411.1

11,758.4

12,178.4

Government grants and business rates

-2,331.7

-2,397.3

-256.4

-250.9

-2,082.2

-1,990.2

-4,670.3

-4,638.3

Other income (incl. fares and charges)

-263.6

-263.8

-34.9

-36.9

-5,983.8

-5,863.3

-6,282.3

-6,163.9

Net expenditure

673.8

670.4

135.5

148.0

-3.5

557.8

805.8

1,376.2

Change to level of reserves

-81.8

-29.0

2.8

0.0

78.0

-481.5

-1.0

-510.5

Council Tax requirement (income)

592.0

641.4

138.2

148.0

74.6

76.3

804.8

865.7