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Guide to your Council Tax 2021/22

Dear Resident,

I write to you after what I know has been an incredibly difficult time for the country. The coronavirus crisis has had a huge impact on Enfield and leaves us with many challenges still to overcome.

Protecting our communities from COVID-19

Enfield Council always strives to be proactive and decisive. That has been our approach to dealing with the coronavirus crisis. We have done everything we can to protect residents and businesses, taking special steps to ensure the most vulnerable members of our communities are safe.

The Council has set up community mass testing centres located across the borough, carrying out more rapid flow tests than any other London borough over the last few months. We also continue to provide support for those who need food packages and prescription services.

Local Government finances continue to be under pressure

Sadly, this is a time of uncertainty for local government. Since 2010, Enfield Council has been forced to find £193 million of savings because of Government funding cuts and increasing pressure on services. In addition, the Government has given Enfield Council only just over half of the £28.8million anticipated cost of coronavirus for the coming year – despite the Government promising to cover every penny of our costs.

Government tells local authorities to increase Council Tax by 5%

Instead of meeting their promise to fully meet the cost of COVID-19, the Government has told local authorities they can increase Council Tax by almost 5% to cover the cost of the coronavirus. Sadly, the Government’s instruction will heap more burden and the cost of the pandemic onto communities and residents. At a time when so many have lost their jobs or are earning less as a result of being on furlough this is totally unacceptable, and, on your behalf, I have made my view clear to the Government.

The proposed increase in Enfield’s share of the Council Tax is 4.99%, which is made up of 1.99% for core services and 3.00% for the Adult Social Care Precept. This equates to £1.30 per week or £6.80 a month (when paid over 10 instalments).

The Mayor of London has also been forced to increase the GLA’s share of the Council Tax by 9.51%, which is £0.61 a week or £3.16 a month (when paid over 10 instalments) to provide extra funding for public transport and policing in London as required by the Government.

The Government wanted to cut free travel for under 18’s and concessionary travel for over 60’s as part of the COVID-19 funding deal for Transport for London (TfL) but the Mayor refused to accept these conditions. The GLA precept will be used to help secure ongoing vital free travel on TfL services for young people and those aged over 60.

We estimate your Council tax will increase by an average of £1.91 a week, for a Band D property, or £9.96 a month (when paid over 10 instalments).

Council Tax Support Scheme for all residents liable to pay Council Tax who are on low income

Enfield Council provides support to anyone on a low income and continues to provide extra support within the scheme for vulnerable groups such as care leavers, pensioners, war widows and carers receiving Carer’s Allowance. We currently support 30% of households in Enfield through our Council Tax Support Scheme. You can check your entitlement and claim on the Enfield Council website.

If you are experiencing difficulty paying your Council Tax after receiving help through the Council Tax Support Scheme, you can also apply for extra support through Enfield Council’s Council Tax Hardship scheme.

It is an incredibly disappointing decision by the Government to pass the burden of the costs of the coronavirus crisis to residents. However, please know that Enfield Council will do everything we can to support all our residents at this time and we remain ambitious for our borough. We will protect the frontline services that our most vulnerable residents rely on and we will provide help to our businesses in our borough, so we can support our local economy.

Cllr Nesil Caliskan

Leader of Enfield Council

How the money will be spent

In the coming year the Council will spend £1,199 million, of which £133.1 million comes from Council Tax and £94.2 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 2021/22

Council’s Gross Expenditure 2021/22

budget pie 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 2021/22 has been set at 92,965 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 2021/22 Amount of tax for GLA 2021/22 Total Council Tax 2021/22
A
6/9
£954.54
£242.44
£1,196.98
B
7/9
£1,113.63
£282.85
£1,396.48
C
8/9
£1,272.72
£323.25
£1,595.97
D
9/9
£1,431.81
£363.66
£1,795.47
E
11/9
£1,749.99
£444.47
£2,194.46
F
13/9
£2,068.17
£525.29
£2,593.46
G
15/9
£2,386.35
£606.10
£2,992.45
H
18/9
£2,863.62
£727.32
£3,590.94

Why has my Council Tax bill changed?

For an average Band D property Cost per month
Increase in Council Tax to protect vital services
+ £2.71 per month over ten monthly payments
Increase in precept to help pay for adult social care costs
+ £4.09 per month over ten monthly payments
Increase in Greater London Authority costs
+ £3.16 per month over ten monthly payments

As a result, an average Band D property will see an increase in the Council Tax charge of 5.87% or £9.97 per month over ten monthly payments.

Enfield residents are charged Council Tax for the range of services offered by us. For more information, see our 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, see 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, see empty private properties.

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

Statutory levies 2020/21 £million 2021/22 £million
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
0.23
0.22
North London Waste Authority: Household Waste Levy
7.01
7.13
Environment Agency
0.22
0.22
London Pension Fund Authority
0.33
0.32
Gross expenditure
1,162.24
1,199.37
Gross income
(1,028.96)
(1,066.26)
Council Tax requirement
133.28
133.11
Enfield Council's gross expenditure (excluding levies)
1,154.45
1,191.48
£million
Council Tax requirement 2020/21
133.3
Additional costs including population growth
29.4
Changes from previous year's government funding
(16.6)
Budget savings and increases in income
(13)
Council Tax requirement 2021/22
133.1

Introduction

The Mayor of London’s budget for the 2021-22 financial year sets out his priorities to support London’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and to tackle the huge social, health and economic inequalities which it has exposed and exacerbated. It supports job creation and London’s business community, our city’s future growth and economic success and the Mayor’s vision to rebuild London after the pandemic as a greener, cleaner and safer city with stronger and more cohesive communities. 

This year’s budget will provide resources to improve the key public services Londoners need. This includes delivering more genuinely affordable homes, securing funding to maintain and expand the capital’s transport infrastructure and tackling toxic air pollution and the climate emergency. The budget also provides resources to support jobs and growth, fund skills and retraining programmes, help rough sleepers, invest in youth services and make London a fairer and cleaner place to live. Moreover, it prioritises resources for the Metropolitan Police and London Fire Brigade to keep Londoners safe, including violence reduction initiatives and ongoing support to improve opportunities for young Londoners. In light of the significant reductions in fares revenue and property tax income due to the pandemic, difficult decisions have been unavoidable. However, this budget remains focused on delivering a swift and sustainable recovery from the pandemic, as well as building the better, brighter, fairer future all Londoners want and deserve.

Council tax for GLA services

The GLA’s share of the council tax for a typical Band D property has been increased by £31.59 (or 61p per week) to £363.66. The additional income from this increase in council tax will fund the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Brigade, and will also go towards maintaining existing travel concessions for the under 18s and Londoners aged 60 and over.  Council taxpayers in the City of London, which has its own police force, will pay £96.53.

Council Tax (£) 2020-21 Change 2021-22
MOPAC (Metropolitan Police)
252.13
15.00
267.13
LFC (London Fire Brigade)
55.28
1.59
56.87
GLA
22.69
-0.12
22.57
TfL (Transport)
1.97
15.12
17.09
Total
332.07
31.59
363.66

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

The Mayor’s budget includes significant savings across the GLA Group in 2021-22. This has allowed him to release resources to help meet his key priorities. This includes plans to invest £4.4 billion to continue delivering 116,000 affordable homes starts within London by 2023 and an additional 35,000 by 2026 as well as allocating resources to tackle homelessness and reduce rough sleeping. 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. He will also continue to fund a Green New Deal for London to address the climate emergency, with the objective of helping to create jobs and to double the size of the capital’s green economy by 2030.

The Mayor will continue to ask the Government to provide the maximum possible ongoing financial support to London businesses and Londoners as the capital emerges from the very severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. He will also maintain investment in skills and retraining to help tackle unemployment and support Londoners to secure better paid jobs, as well as continuing to request that the Government strengthen the safety net for the most vulnerable Londoners.

The Mayor will also work with London’s business community, key investors and other stakeholders to support the economic recovery and ensure that 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 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 continue to invest in violence reduction initiatives.

The Mayor published his Action Plan in November 2020 to improve trust and confidence in the MPS and to address community concerns about disproportionality in the use of certain police powers affecting Black Londoners.  The Mayor has committed, as part of the Action Plan, to invest extra resources to develop greater community involvement in police officer training and in the recruitment and progression of Black officers in the MPS.

The MPS must rise to meet these challenges at a time of acute financial pressure. As a result of the reductions in resources from the Home Office for policing over the last decade, which have only recently started to be reversed by the current government, the MPS had to close more than 100 police stations and remove over 3,300 Police Community Support Officers and 4,500 police staff in order to protect front line officer numbers.

The Mayor is raising the police element of his council tax precept by £15 for a typical Band D property, as assumed in Government calculations of police spending power. 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)

TfL has faced significant financial challenges as a result of the reduced levels of ridership due to the pandemic since March 2020, which has led to a large fall in fare revenues. The Mayor continues to work with the Government to secure a sustainable long-term funding settlement for TfL to allow him to continue investment in the transport network while making it more reliable and accessible. The Mayor’s priorities for TfL include:

  • working with London boroughs to maintain existing concessionary travel and assisted door to door transport schemes. This includes, for example, maintaining free bus and tram travel for under 18s as well as free off-peak travel across the network for Londoners aged 60+, the disabled, armed forces personnel in uniform and eligible armed services veterans and protecting the Taxicard and Dial a Ride schemes;
  • opening the central London section of the Elizabeth line (the operational name for Crossrail) in the first half of 2022, followed by the full line opening with through services as soon as possible to increase central London’s rail capacity by ten per cent. TfL will also open the Northern line extension to Nine Elms and Battersea Power station in 2021;
  • rolling out 94 new Piccadilly line trains, with the first new trains serving customers from 2025;
  • enhancing capacity on the London Underground and rail services, and upgrading key stations such as Bank/Monument station;
  • making public transport more accessible for everyone. Within the next five years nearly 40 per cent of tube stations are expected to be step free. All Elizabeth line stations once the line opens in full will also be step free;
  • extending the London Overground on the Gospel Oak to Barking Line to serve Barking Riverside (due to open by 2022) and expanding capacity on the DLR network;
  • maintaining the Bus and Tram one-hour Hopper fare and investing to improve journey times and reliability on the bus network;
  • continuing the electrification of London Buses so that all are emission free by 2037 at the latest;
  • extending the Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London to the North and South Circular roads by Autumn 2021 to help tackle London’s toxic air quality; and
  • investing in 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 within 10 minutes on at least 90 per cent of occasions and 12 minutes on at least 95 per cent of occasions respectively, after being dispatched. 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 2021-22 budget provides funding to progress the construction of East Bank, one of the world’s largest and most ambitious cultural and education districts, in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It will bring an additional 1.5 million visitors to the Park and surrounding area each year, and more than 2,500 jobs will be created generating an estimated £1.5 billion for the local economy.

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) 2021-22
Gross expenditure
13,804.4
Government grants and retained business rates                             
-8,453.9
Fares, charges and other income
-5,136.9
Change in reserves
883.0
Amount met by council taxpayers (£m)
1,096.6
Changes in spending (£ million) 2021-22
2020-21 Council Tax requirement
1,010.9
Inflation
176.7
Efficiencies and other savings
-196.3
New initiatives
383.3
Other changes (for example fares revenue and government grants)
-278.0
Amount met by council taxpayers (£m)
1,096.6

Detailed budget by service area

The table below compares the GLA Group’s planned expenditure on policing, fire and other services (including transport) in 2021-22 with 2020-21.

The GLA’s planned gross expenditure is higher this year. This is mainly due to the impact of extra investment planned by the Mayor in transport and policing. Overall the council tax requirement has increased because of the extra funding for the Metropolitan Police, the London Fire Brigade and maintaining existing concessionary free travel for under 18s and Londoners aged 60 and over. There has been a 1.0 per cent decrease in London’s residential property taxbase. Find out more about our budget by visiting London.gov.

Summary of spending and income (£ million) (figures may not sum exactly due to rounding) Police (MOPac) Fire (LFC)

Other Services

(incl. GLA, TfL, LLDC and OPDC)
GLA Group Total
2020-21
2021-22
2020-21
2021-22
2020-21
2021-22
2020-21
2021-22
Gross expenditure
3,885.3
3,968.2
489.5
489.3
8,991.1
9,346.9
13,365.9
13,804.4
Government grants and business rates
-2,786.3
-2793.0
-266.1
-266.9
-2,434.1
-5,394.0
-5,486.6
-8,453.9
Other income (incl. fares and charges)
-280.0
-290.1
-39.8
-41.2
-6,467.5
-4,805.6
-6,787.3
-5,136.9
Net expenditure
819.0
885.2
183.6
181.2
89.5
-852.7
1,092.0
213.6
Change to level of reserves
-51.9
-80.3
-15.0
-9.4
-14.2
972.7
-81.1
883.0
Council Tax requirement (income)
767.1
804.9
168.6
171.8 75.3 119.9 1,010.9 1,096.6