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Guide to your Council Tax 2019/20

Dear Resident,

Government funding cuts to councils

I deeply believe in the value of local government and the role that councils can play in creating stronger communities and changing lives. However, a decade of austerity has seen Enfield’s core central government funding cut in half since 2010. This means it is getting harder and harder to make a positive difference and continue to deliver the services you rely on. In the last nine years Government funding cuts and increased pressures means the Council has had to save £178 million. Compared to 2010 every household in Enfield is on average worse off by £800 of funding per year.

On top of this, ongoing government cuts and increased demand for our services mean we have to find another £18 million of savings in 2019/20 (or increase our income by an equivalent amount), and then £12 million more in 2020/21. To give you an indication of the scale of this challenge, £18 million is more than our current combined net spend on Housing Services, Leisure, Culture, Libraries, Parks and Open Spaces.

This means, like every other local authority, Enfield Council is having to make some tough choices on how we deliver many of our services. For example, we have recently taken the difficult decision to change the borough’s waste and recycling service, subject to call in, after the Government ended a £2.46 million grant that would have helped us to keep weekly collections. However, we have ensured the new arrangements will allow us to invest an additional £500,000 annually into street cleansing and tackling fly tipping which we know are resident priorities.

Creating a better Enfield

Despite these financial challenges I remain hugely ambitious for the borough and will make sure our limited resources are targeted to achieve the best outcomes for local people while continuing to protect our most vulnerable residents and making sure we are as efficient as we can be.

We will not accept the high levels of serious youth violence which continue to escalate and are committed to working with the police to make Enfield safer. That is why we are funding 16 additional police officers out of our own shrinking budget; investing over £1 million a year on CCTV across our borough to deter crime and provide invaluable evidence for police investigations; and allocating £500,000 from this year’s budget to provide services that will tackle youth violence. We also continue to call on the Government to adequately fund the police service and increase police numbers to address the recent increase in crime both locally and nationally.

We will also push forward with our estate renewal programmes across the borough to improve the quality of social housing in the borough. Our innovative ‘MOT teams’ will visit social housing properties in the borough each year to check their condition, carry out repairs and identify residents who need extra assistance. As a result, we expect to see a significant reduction in call-outs as the vast majority of repairs will be completed in a single visit, reducing disruption for residents.

And at a time when traditional shopping habits are changing, Enfield Council is committed to helping to shape and support vibrant town centres. We’re attracting new businesses into the borough to stimulate growth. We will be working closely with local communities and traders over the next few months to plan for future growth in the borough and make sure our town centres remain attractive, successful and thriving.

Since I became Leader of the council, we have already acted decisively to take back control of the pioneering Meridian Water scheme to accelerate the delivery of affordable homes and quality jobs in Enfield. We have put £1 million into Children’s Services to boost staff numbers and support social workers so that our children are better protected and helped to become the best they can be. We also continue to spend £11.5 million a year to enable eligible older people and disabled residents to access free travel concessions, to help them lead active and independent lives and reduce isolation.

This year’s Council Tax

This year Enfield’s councillors have taken the difficult decision to increase Council Tax by 2.99% in order to try and protect residents from the worst impact of Government funding cuts.

In addition, we have to collect the Greater London Authority’s levy from every household in the borough, which we pass on to them. The Government also expects us to add an additional 1% charge to fund the increasing costs of adult social care services and the growth in the number of residents who need this support.

So, adding all this together, your Council Tax will go up this year by 4.92%, which is around £1.47p a week for the average Band D property in Enfield.

It is important that you pay your Council Tax, but we understand some people may struggle to pay their bill. That’s why the Council continues to provide a comprehensive Council Tax support scheme for working-age people and pensioners on a low income. If you are experiencing financial hardship, we can give help and financial assistance.

And if you want to help us out a little bit more, please consider paying your Council Tax by direct debit. Over 60,000 people in Enfield already do this. It’s the easiest way to pay and saves the Council hundreds of thousands of pounds which can be used to protect frontline services.

This year marks 100 years since some women were first given the vote and it is a tremendous honour to have been elected the first woman Leader of Enfield Council. Local government plays a vital role in providing the help, support and opportunities you rely on. But I know that it is your money that we are spending, and I am determined we will spend it well.

Cllr Nesil Caliskan 
Leader of Enfield Council

How the money will be spent

In the coming year the Council will spend £1,178 million, of which £127.3 million comes from Council Tax and £97.6 million from business rates. The remaining amount comes from 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 2019/20

Gross expenditure chart

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.

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 2019/20 has been set at 97,074 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 2019/20 Amount of Tax for GLA 2019/20 Total Council Tax 2019/20
A
6/9
£874.32
£213.67
£1,087.99
B
7/9
£1,020.04
£249.29
£1,269.33
C
8/9
£1,165.76
£284.90
£1,450.66
D
9/9
£1,311.48
£320.51
£1,631.99
E
11/9
£1,602.92
£391.73
£1,994.65
F
13/9
£1,894.36
£462.96
£2,357.32
G
15/9
£2,185.80
£534.18
£2,719.98
H
18/9
£2,622.96
£641.02
£3,263.98

Why has my Council Tax bill changed?

For an average Band D property Cost per month
Increase in Council Tax to protect vital services
+ £3.77 per month over ten monthly payments
Increase in precept to help pay for adult social care costs
+ £1.26 per month over ten monthly payments
Increase in Greater London Authority costs
+ £2.63 per month over ten monthly payments

As a result, an average Band D property will see an increase in the Council Tax charge of 4.92% or £7.66 per month over ten monthly payments.

Enfield residents are charged Council Tax for the range of services offered by us. For more information, visit Council Tax page, where you can access information, including how much Council Tax you need to pay and who is liable. You can register online to pay by monthly direct debit, to tell us you are moving home, or check your balance and payment history.

If you believe you are entitled to a reduction or want more information on applications, visit Council Tax discounts. You can also apply for any benefits you may be entitled to.

If you do not have access to the Internet, our Digital Champions are available to help you at:

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

Library contact details and opening hours

Council Tax Empty Homes Premium

From the 1 April 2019, any property that has remained empty for over two years will be charged an empty homes premium of 100%. For more information, visit empty private properties.

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 2018/19 £million 2019/20 £million
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
0.23
0.23
North London Waste Authority: Household Waste Levy
6.52
7.13
Environment Agency
0.22
0.22
London Pension Fund Authority
0.34
0.33
Gross Expenditure
1,163.08
1,177.80
Gross Income
(1,042.00)
(1,050.49)
Council Tax Requirement
121.08
127.31
Enfield Council's gross expenditure (excluding levies)
1,155.77
1,169.89

£million
Council Tax requirement 2018/19
121.1
Additional costs including population growth
24.9
Changes from previous year's government funding
(2.2)
Budget savings and increases in income
(16.5)
Council Tax requirement 2019/20
127.3

Introduction

This is Sadiq Khan’s third 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 opportunity 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 tightening resources from the Government over the last decade. 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 homes. The budget provides resources to support jobs and growth, tackle rough sleeping and make London a fairer and cleaner place to live too. It also provides 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 ongoing impact of real terms cuts in government grant since 2010.

Council Tax for GLA Services

The GLA’s share of the council tax for a typical Band D property has been increased by £26.28 (or 50p per week) to £320.51. The additional income raised will fund the Metropolitan Police and the London Fire Brigade. Council taxpayers in the City of London, which has its own police force, will pay £78.38.

Council Tax (£) 2018-19 Change 2019-20
MOPAC (Metropolitan Police)
218.13
24.00
242.13
LFC (London Fire Brigade)
50.22
2.78
53.00
GLA
23.84
-0.46
23.38
TfL (Transport)
2.04
-0.04
2.00
Total
294.23
26.28
320.51

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 2019-20. This has allowed him to release resources to help meet his key priorities. This includes plans to invest £4.8 billion to support starts of 116,000 new affordable homes in London by 2022. He will also continue to provide extra funding to support disadvantaged young Londoners and increase investment in green spaces. In addition, he is taking steps to improve air quality in London by introducing a new Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London from April 2019. He is setting up a £48 million fund for small businesses and Londoners on low incomes to encourage them to scrap polluting diesel vehicles.

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 in light of the uncertainty arising from the UK’s expected departure from the European Union. He will 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 Londoners 2017-21 - sets out his strategy for policing over the next three years. His key priorities include improving the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), providing a better criminal justice service in London and keeping children and young people safe. He will also 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 Home Office grant for policing over the last decade, it has had to close more than 100 police stations and remove 2,800 police support staff and Police Community Support Officer roles in order to protect officer numbers.

To keep Londoners safe, the Mayor is raising the police element of his Council Tax precept by £24 for a typical Band D property. He will also maintain an additional £59 million of funding through business rates. This will fund an additional 1,300 police officers but will not compensate for the government’s cuts to police funding since 2010.

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 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 2019-20;
  • the introduction of the new Bus and Tram one-hour Hopper fare 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 and maintaining the Night Tube and Night Overground services;
  • extending the Barking Gospel Oak line to Barking Riverside and expanding capacity on the DLR and tram network;
  • planning for the Bakerloo line extension to south east London and new river crossings in east London;
  • working to complete the Elizabeth line (formerly Crossrail) - which will increase central London’s rail capacity by ten per cent - and the Northern line extension to Nine Elms and Battersea Power station as soon as possible;
  • continuing work to develop Crossrail 2 and working towards the release of more TfL land to provide new affordable workspaces and homes across London;
  • introducing an Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London from April 2019 to tackle local air pollution and adopting a Vision Zero plan which will help to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on London’s roads;
  • making public transport more accessible for everyone. Step-free access is planned to be introduced at a further 15 suburban tube stations by Spring 2020. All new Elizabeth line stations will also be step free; and
  • investing a record £2.3 billion by 2024 through his Healthy Streets scheme to fund a range of schemes designed to make walking, cycling and public transport safer, cleaner and more appealing. This includes funding for major new high-quality cycle routes between Brentford and Olympia, Tower Bridge and Woolwich, Tottenham and Camden and Hackney and the Isle of Dogs.

London Fire Commissioner (LFC)

The Mayor’s funding ensures that the London Fire Brigade’s first and second fire engines attending an emergency incident arrive, on average, within six and eight minutes respectively. He is also supporting the Brigade’s investment in new vehicles and equipment, and the continued promotion of community safety and fire prevention across London.

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 2019-20 budget provides funding for the development of a world class cultural and education district, East Bank, 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 High Speed 2 (HS2), the Elizabeth line and the Great Western Mainline stations at Old Oak Common will bring locally.

Summary of GLA group budget

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

How the GLA budget is funded (£ million) 2019-20
Gross expenditure
12,232.6
Government grants and retained business rates
-4,754.5
Fares, charges and other income
-6,522.1
Use of reserves
4.6
Amount met by council taxpayers (£m)
960.6
Changes in spending (£ million) 2019-20
2018-19 Council Tax requirement
865.7
Inflation
235.9
Efficiencies and other savings
-243.2
New initiatives
641.1
Other changes (for example fares revenue and government grants)
-538.9
2019-20 Council Tax requirement
960.6

Detailed budget by service area

The table below compares the GLA Group’s expenditure on policing, fire and other services (including transport) in 2019-20 with 2018-19.

The GLA’s gross expenditure is higher this year. This is mainly due to the impact of extra 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 1.9 per cent increase in London’s residential property taxbase. Find out more about our budget at: London.GOV.UK (tel: 020 7983 4000).

Police (MOPAC)
Summary of spending and income (£ million) (figures may not sum exactly due to rounding) 2018-19 2019-20
Gross expenditure
3,331.5
3,556.7
Government grants and business rates
-2,397.3
-2,656.4
Other income (incl. fares and charges)
-263.8
-278.5
Net expenditure
670.4
621.8
Change to level of reserves
-29.0
103.4
Council Tax requirement (income)
641.4
725.2

Fire (LFC)
Summary of spending and income (£ million) (figures may not sum exactly due to rounding) 2018-19 2019-20
Gross expenditure
435.8
450.3
Government grants and business rates
-250.9
-245.7
Other income (incl. fares and charges)
-36.9
-38.3
Net expenditure
148.0
166.3
Change to level of reserves
0.0
-7.1
Council Tax requirement (income)
148.0
159.2

Other services (including GLA, TfL, LLDC and OPDC)
Summary of spending and income (£ million) (figures may not sum exactly due to rounding) 2018-19 2019-20
Gross expenditure
8,411.1
8,225.6
Government grants and business rates
-1,990.1
-1,852.4
Other income (incl. fares and charges)
-5,863.3
-6,205.3
Net expenditure
557.8
167.9
Change to level of reserves
-481.5
-91.7
Council Tax requirement (income)
76.3
76.2

GLA Group total
Summary of spending and income (£ million) (figures may not sum exactly due to rounding) 2018-19 2019-20
Gross expenditure
12,178.4
12,232.6
Government grants and business rates
-4,638.3
-4,754.5
Other income (incl. fares and charges)
-6,163.9
-6,522.1
Net expenditure
1,376.2
956.0
Change to level of reserves
-510.5
4.6
Council Tax requirement (income)
865.7
960.6