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Guide to your Council Tax 2020/21

Dear Resident,

Standing up for Enfield

I write to you after what I know has been an unsettling time over the last 12 months. There have been many big issues facing Enfield and the country.

Enfield Council always strives to be proactive and decisive - whether that means setting up a Council Climate Change Task Force; or rolling out our borough-wide Nexus projects, including mentoring, for young people who are being affected by violent crime.

I know that the UK’s departure from the EU has also caused anxiety for many families. I want all EU nationals who have made Enfield their home to stay. Enfield would be a poorer place without you. That’s why the Council has set up a Brexit Panel and we are funding Citizens Advice to help EU citizens register for settled status.

It is also a time of uncertainty for local government. Since 2010, Enfield Council has been forced to find £178 million of savings because of Government funding cuts and increasing pressure on services.

This year Enfield Council has had to take the difficult decision to increase Council Tax by 1.99% to try and protect residents from the worst impact of the Government’s budget cuts. The Government also expects us to add a 2% charge to fund the increasing costs of adult social care services for the increasing number of residents who need this support. In addition, we have to collect the Greater London Authority’s levy from every household in the borough. So, adding this all together, your Council Tax in Enfield will go up by 3.91%, this year, which is around £1.22 a week for an average Band D property.

Enfield Council continues to provide a Council Tax Support Scheme for people who are on low income. This includes care leavers and pensioners. This year we have increased the subsidy for those households that have the least money coming in. In addition, you can apply for a Council Tax Hardship payment if you get Council Tax Support and have difficulty paying your Council Tax.

Despite the huge funding pressures, I remain ambitious for our borough and am committed to protecting the front-line Enfield Council services that our most vulnerable residents rely on.

Protecting our most vulnerable residents

As an administration, we will always make choices to support those most in need. That is why in this year’s budget we allocated an extra £11.8 million to fund Adult and Children’s Social Care services, including £1.5 million to recruit additional social workers.

Enfield Council recently commissioned an independent report into poverty and inequality in our borough. The report makes 27 recommendations to help tackle the root causes of poverty in Enfield. We have allocated £1 million in this year’s budget to implement the recommendations, including revitalising youth services and reducing crime and anti-social behaviour.

A safer Enfield

We know that tackling crime and dealing with youth violence are priorities for everyone in the borough.

We are delighted to have secured £1.3 million from the Mayor of London’s Young Londoners Fund to help support our ambitious programme of positive activities for our young people. The money will pay for initiatives such as peer mentoring, sports-based support schemes, art, drama, education, training and employment schemes.

The Council continues to spend over £1 million on CCTV across the borough to deter criminal activity, including new cameras recently installed at the entrance of some of our parks.

Investing in our town centres for great places and economic development

In the last year I have toured our borough’s town centres and met hundreds of residents and local business owners. Action plans have been developed to make them more vibrant retail and leisure destinations, to provide economic growth at the heart of our communities.

We have also been successful in bidding for £6 million to rejuvenate Enfield Town and we have applied for money to regenerate and revive Angel Edmonton Town Centre.

Thousands of decent and affordable homes for everyone

Good housing is probably the biggest single factor in reducing crime and anti-social behaviour, improving health, raising educational attainment. Decent housing improves life chances and I believe everyone in Enfield deserves a home to live in.

Enfield Council’s new Housing & Growth Strategy sets out our plans to build thousands of new homes in the next ten years. We have already begun by taking greater control and initiating Council-led regeneration so we can deliver more genuinely affordable homes for local people.

We have also announced that we will invest £200 million over the next five years to improve our existing Council stock so that all our tenants live in good accommodation, with improved fire safety measures.

It is important that standards improve in the private rented sector in Enfield. We are delivering thousands of new Council-owned ‘build to rent’ properties for local people, as well as seeking to introduce a Private Sector Property Licensing Scheme.

A modern Council that works for Enfield residents

We believe the services that our residents rely on are best delivered directly by Enfield Council, which also ensures our staff are paid the London Living Wage and have fair terms and conditions.

I am committed to continuing our policy of insourcing to improve the quality of services we offer. We have already brought housing repairs, cemetery management and transport services back under the Council’s control. We are delivering a better service to residents as a result.

Campaigning for fair funding from government for Enfield

The Government’s review into local government finances means that Enfield Council could lose a further £7 million or 7.7% of its funding next year. This would leave a budget gap of £49 million in 2023/24; an increase on the current gap.

I believe that the Government should give all Councils the funding their residents need and deserve – not leave us to ‘make do’ with funding levels significantly below the assessed needs of Enfield residents.

I am particularly concerned that the Government is proposing factors like ‘deprivation’ and ‘homelessness’ are disregarded in favour of ‘remoteness’. This would have a disproportionate, negative impact on a borough like Enfield. With one in three children in Enfield living in poverty I believe this new funding criteria would be unacceptable.

As recommended in the Enfield Poverty and Inequality Commission report, we will be lobbying Government for a genuinely fairer funding deal for our residents. I would urge you to support this campaign – sign up to our e-newsletter to be kept updated.

Enfield Council will continue to stand up for the interests of all our residents. We will work to deliver improvements in every part of our borough. Through our ambitious plans we are committed to enabling a lifetime of opportunity for everyone that lives here.

Cllr Nesil Caliskan
Leader of Enfield Council

How the money will be spent

In the coming year the Council will spend £1,162 million, of which £133.3 million comes from Council Tax and £98.7 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 engagement exercise, changes in government funding, local priorities, increases in demand for services and other increased costs.

How Enfield's Budget will be spent in 2020/21

Council’s Gross Expenditure 2020/21

councils gross expenditure 2020-21

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 2020/21 has been set at 97,726 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 2020/21 Amount of tax for GLA 2020/21 Total Council Tax 2020/21
A
6/9
£909.18
£221.38
£1,130.56
B
7/9
£1,060.71
£258.28
£1,318.99
C
8/9
£1,212.24
£295.17
£1,507.41
D
9/9
£1,363.77
£332.07
£1,695.84
E
11/9
£1,666.83
£405.86
£2,072.69
F
13/9
£1,969.89
£479.66
£2,449.55
G
15/9
£2,272.95
£553.45
£2,826.40
H
18/9
£2,727.54
£664.14
£3,391.68

Why has my Council Tax bill changed?

For an average Band D property Cost per month
Increase in Council Tax to protect vital services
+ £2.61 per month over ten monthly payments
Increase in precept to help pay for adult social care costs
+ £2.62 per month over ten monthly payments
Increase in Greater London Authority costs
+ £1.16 per month over ten monthly payments

As a result, an average Band D property will see an increase in the Council Tax charge of 3.91% or £6.39 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

Any properties that have been unoccupied and unfurnished for more than two years will be charged twice the normal Council Tax rate. From 1 April 2020, the premium for properties that have been empty for more than five years will increase and properties will be charged three times the normal Council Tax rate. For more information about bringing your empty property back into use, visit empty private properties.

Enfield Council's expenditure and income, external levies and the Council Tax requirement

Statutory levies 2019/20 £million 2020/21 £million
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
0.23
0.23
North London Waste Authority: Household Waste Levy
7.13
7.01
Environment Agency
0.22
0.22
London Pension Fund Authority
0.33
0.33
Gross expenditure
1,177.80
1,162.24
Gross income
(1,050.49)
(1,028.96)
Council Tax requirement
127.31
133.28
Enfield Council's gross expenditure (excluding levies)
1,169.89
1,154.45
£million
Council Tax requirement 2019/20
127.3
Additional costs including population growth
26.6
Changes from previous year's government funding
(5.4)
Budget savings and increases in income
(15.2)
Council Tax requirement 2020/21
133.3

Introduction

The Mayor of London’s budget for the 2020-21 financial year is built around his vision of a city where nobody is left behind, and opportunities are open to all. 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.

This year’s budget will provide resources to improve the key services Londoners need. This includes delivering more genuinely affordable homes, keeping transport fares as low as possible and tackling toxic air pollution and the climate emergency. The budget also provides resources to support jobs and growth, help rough sleepers, invest in youth services and make London a fairer and cleaner place to live. Moreover, it provides extra resources from council tax and business rates for the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade to keep Londoners safe. Over £100 million in additional funding is being provided by the Mayor to the police, for violence reduction initiatives and to improve opportunities for young Londoners. This will help offset the ongoing impact of the reductions in government funding over the last decade.

Council Tax for GLA Services

The GLA’s share of the council tax for a typical Band D property has been increased by £11.56 (or 22p per week) to £332.07. 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 £79.94.

Council Tax (£) 2019-20 Change 2020-21
MOPAC (Metropolitan Police)
242.13
10.00
252.13
LFC (London Fire Brigade)
53.00
2.28
55.28
GLA
23.38
-0.69
22.69
TfL (Transport)
2.00
-0.03
1.97
Total
320.51
11.56
332.07

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

The Mayor’s budget includes significant savings across the GLA Group in 2020-21. 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 and extra resources to tackle homelessness and reduce rough sleeping. The Mayor will also increase investment in green spaces and provide £25 million of extra funding to support constructive activities for disadvantaged young Londoners. He has taken steps to improve air quality in London by introducing the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London which will be expanded to the North and South Circular roads in autumn 2021. An additional £50 million has also been allocated to fund a Green New Deal for London to address the climate change emergency. The Mayor is also providing funding for around 1,000 cultural and community events across London and for the planting of thousands more street trees over the next year.

The Mayor will also work with London’s business community and key investors to ensure London’s interests are protected following the UK’s departure from the European Union. He will provide funding for new projects to bring communities together, tackle social inequality and boost London’s economy including supporting projects to help over 6,400 small and medium sized businesses.

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 and community safety in the city. 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 provide resources to tackle domestic violence which particularly affects women and invest an extra £34 million on violence reduction initiatives.

The MPS must rise to meet these challenges at a time of acute financial pressure. As a result of the reductions in government resources for policing over the last decade, officer numbers fell to the lowest levels in fifteen years, and the MPS 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.

The Mayor is raising the police element of his council tax precept by £10 for a typical Band D property. He will also maintain an additional £59 million of funding through business rates. In all, through his decisions in this and previous budgets, the Mayor has funded an additional 1,300 officer posts from locally raised revenues.

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 have been frozen again in 2020. This will save travellers an estimated £40 million a year.
  • maintaining the 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 10% - and the Northern line extension to Nine Elms and Battersea Power station as soon as possible
  • developing plans and securing funding to deliver refurbished trains on the Central Line and a new spacious state of the art fleet on the Piccadilly line
  • introducing an Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London to tackle local air pollution which will be extended to the North and South Circular roads by autumn 2021
  • making public transport more accessible for everyone. By 2024 nearly 40% of tube stations are expected to be step free. All new Elizabeth line stations will also be step free
  • 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 in partnership with London boroughs

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. The Mayor is also providing resources to roll out a transformation programme so that the LFB can implement the recommendations of the Grenfell fire inquiry. This includes investing in the new vehicles and equipment required.

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 2020-21 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 has been established to support the creation of 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 benefits which High Speed 2 (HS2), the Elizabeth line and the Great Western Mainline stations at Old Oak Common are expected to 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) 2020-21
Gross expenditure
13,365.9
Government grants and retained business rates                             
-5,486.6
Fares, charges and other income
-6,787.3
Use of reserves
-81.1
Amount met by council taxpayers (£m)
1,010.9
Changes in spending (£ million) 2020-21
2019-20 Council Tax requirement
960.6
Inflation
244.8
Efficiencies and other savings
-150.8
New initiatives
512.1
Other changes (for example fares revenue and government grants)
-555.8
Amount met by council taxpayers (£m)
1,010.9

Detailed budget by service area

The table below compares the GLA Group’s expenditure on policing, fire and other services (including transport) in 2020-21 with 2019-20.

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, adult education and the fire service as well as additional business rates receipts being paid over to the Government to support local services elsewhere in England. 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 1.6 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) 2019-20 2020-21
Gross expenditure
3,556.7
3,885.3
Government grants and business rates
-2,656.4
-2,786.3
Other income (incl. fares and charges)
-278.5
-280.0
Net expenditure
621.8
819.0
Change to level of reserves
103.4
51.9
Council Tax requirement (income)
725.2
767.1

Fire (LFC)
Summary of spending and income (£ million) (figures may not sum exactly due to rounding) 2019-20 2020-21
Gross expenditure
450.3
489.5
Government grants and business rates
-245.7
-266.1
Other income (incl. fares and charges)
-38.3
-39.8
Net expenditure
166.3
183.6
Change to level of reserves
-7.1
-15.0
Council Tax requirement (income)
159.2
168.6

Other services (including GLA, TfL, LLDC and OPDC)
Summary of spending and income (£ million) (figures may not sum exactly due to rounding) 2019-20 2020-21
Gross expenditure
8,225.6
8,991.1
Government grants and business rates
-1,852.4
-2,434.1
Other income (incl. fares and charges)
-6,205.3
-6,467.5
Net expenditure
167.9
89.5
Change to level of reserves
-91.7
-14.2
Council Tax requirement (income)
76.2
75.2

GLA Group total
Summary of spending and income (£ million) (figures may not sum exactly due to rounding) 2019-20 2020-21
Gross expenditure
12,232.6
13,365.9
Government grants and business rates
-4,754.5
-5,486.6
Other income (incl. fares and charges)
-6,522.1
-6,787.3
Net expenditure
956.0
1,092.0
Change to level of reserves
4.6
-81.1
Council Tax requirement (income)
960.6
1,010.9