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How much is council tax in London?

This article provides useful links to all London councils for new residents; highlighting council tax rates for 2020/21.

How much is council tax in London?


Council tax applies to all domestic properties in London and elsewhere in the UK, including houses, bungalows, flats, maisonettes, mobile homes and houseboats, regardless of whether they are rented or owned outright. The purpose of council tax is to contribute towards useful local services that keep our streets safe and clean, such as policing and domestic rubbish collection.

What is my council tax band in London?

The Valuation Office Agency, a division of the Inland Revenue, determines the valuation band for each property. In England, properties are placed into one of eight bands, based on their capital value on 1 April 1991 – not what the property is worth today.
 
Each borough council in London differs in the amount of council tax you pay. This is dependent on the costs for services within each individual area.
 
Below is a list of all London councils and their council tax rates for 2020/21. Find the borough you will be living in after you complete your move to London, so you can calculate your monthly council tax payments.

London Boroughs

Barking and Dagenham: 
https://www.lbbd.gov.uk/residents/council-tax/
 
Barnet: 
https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/council-tax-and-benefits/council-tax.html
 
Bexley: 
https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/council-tax-and-business-rates/council-tax

Brent: 
https://www.brent.gov.uk/services-for-residents/council-tax/
 
Bromley:
http://www.bromley.gov.uk/info/200028/council_tax/255/council_tax_201415
 
Camden:
http://camden.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/council-and-democracy/council-tax/
 
City of London:
https://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/council-tax
 
Croydon:
https://www.croydon.gov.uk/advice/counciltax/council-tax-bands-and-charges
 
Ealing:
https://www.ealing.gov.uk/site/
 
Enfield:
https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/council-tax/

Greenwich:
http://www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk/info/1010/council_tax-charges/440/how_much_council_tax_will_i_have_to_pay

Hackney:
https://www.hackney.gov.uk/council-tax-charges#.U9-r2_ldVHU

Hammersmith and Fulham:
https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/council-tax
 
Haringey: 
http://www.haringey.gov.uk/council-tax-and-benefits/council-tax/bands-and-charges
 
Harrow:
http://www.harrow.gov.uk/info/200028/council_tax
 
Havering:
https://www.havering.gov.uk/info/20000/council_tax/168/council_tax_bands_and_bills
 
Hillingdon:
https://www.hillingdon.gov.uk/counciltax
 
Hounslow:
https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/counciltax

Islington:
https://www.islington.gov.uk/council-tax

Kensington and Chelsea:
http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/pdf/RBKC%2038PP%20WEB%20BOOKLET%202014-15.pdf
 
Kingston:
http://www.kingston.gov.uk/info/200297/council_tax/95/charges_and_property_bands_for_council_tax
 
Lambeth:
https://www.lambeth.gov.uk/benefits-and-council-tax/council-tax/council-tax-bands-and-rates-guide
 
Lewisham:
https://www.lewisham.gov.uk/myservices/counciltax/bands-and-charges/Pages/default.aspx
 
Merton:
https://www.merton.gov.uk/council-tax-benefits-and-housing/council-tax
 
Newham:
https://www.newham.gov.uk/Pages/Services/Council-tax-annual-notification.aspx
 
Redbridge:
https://www.redbridge.gov.uk/council-tax/
 
Richmond:
https://www.richmond.gov.uk/services/council_tax
 
Southwark:
http://www.southwark.gov.uk/council-tax/
 
Tower Hamlets:
http://www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/lgnl/council_and_democracy/council_tax/council_tax.aspx
 
Waltham Forest:
https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/service-categories/council-tax
 
Wandsworth:
http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/info/200262/council_tax_charge/5/how_much_is_council_tax
 
Westminster:
https://www.westminster.gov.uk/council-tax

Council tax discounts

There are a number of discounts available for council tax. A ‘full’ council tax bill is based on the property being inhabited by a minimum of two adults. Properties occupied by a single person will be eligible for a single person reduction of 25%.

If noone living in your home is legally coounted as an adult, you can get a discount of 50%. This includes:

  • Anyone under 18
  • 18-19 year olds in full time education
  • People on apprenticeship schemes
  • Full time university and college students.
  • Young people under 25 who get funding from the Skills Funding Agency or Young People’s Learning Agency
  • Student Nurses
  • Foreign language assistants registered with the British Council
  • People with a severe mental impairment
  • Live-in carers who look after someone who is not their partner, spouse, or child under 18
  • Diplomats

If a property remains furnished but is not the primary residence of any individual then a second home discount may apply reduction at the discretion of each individual council.
 
If everyone in your household is a full-time student, you don’t need to pay council tax. However, even one working member of the household invalidates this discount.

How to apply for a council tax reduction

If you believe you are eligible for a discount, exemption or reduction on your council tax then it is important to get in touch with your local council as soon as possible.
 
Use the links to each London council above to find contact details for your relevant region.
 
Updated: January 2021

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