What your Council Tax pays for

Your Council Tax pays for:

  • schools
  • roads
  • libraries
  • rubbish collections
  • support for vulnerable children and adults
  • the police, fire service and other local services

Budget for 2024/25

Councillors have agreed the 2024/25 budget at a full council meeting on Wednesday 28 February 2024.  You can read more in our news story.

Council Tax increases

This year we’ve had to take the tough decision to increase Council Tax by 2.99%, with a further 2% increase to be ring-fenced to pay for adult social care. That’s an increase of around £1.40 for the week on a Band D property and will help us to provide essential services for our community.

Council Tax information (PDF, 3.56 MB)

If you can't afford to pay

If you can’t afford to pay your Council Tax, you can claim for Council Tax Support (CTS) which may meet some or all of your Council Tax bill payments. 

Please note that from 2024/25, the CTS scheme is changing from a means-tested scheme to an income banded scheme, simplifying the calculation of CTS for applicants. 

You could also apply for a Council Tax discount or exemption if you meet certain criteria.

You can also choose to spread your Council Tax instalments over 12 months rather than 10.  Please note that if you want to do this, you must tell us before your April payment is due.

For further information and advice, please visit our Struggling to pay your Council Tax page.

Financial information


Pie chart showing the breakdown of where the Council tax money comes from



Pie chart showing the breakdown of where the Council tax money is spent

Graphs of cost of services Cost of services

23/24 Service 24/25 
£115.64 million People & Resilience £132.61 million
£22.35 million Community Solutions £15.74 million
£39.59 million Running the Council/Corporate Management £49.80 million
£1.53 million Inclusive Growth £1.17 million
-£2.09 million Law Governance and HR £7.82 million
£14.09 million My Place £4.40 million
£3.37 million Strategy £10.20 million
£194.46 million Total Net Expenditure £221.75 million
£516.67 million Gross Expenditure £647.15 million
£322.21 million Gross Income £425.41 million
£194.46 million Total Funding Required £221.75 million
£90.93 million Business Rates £78.36 million
£19.93 million Government Grants (Inc. Housing Benefit) £50.48 million
£5.82 million Other Funding Sources £8.81 million
£77.78 million Council Tax £84.10 million
53,326.90 Number of Houses at Band D Equivalent 54,916.54
£1,267.09 Band D Council Tax LBBD £1,310.70
£191.48 Band D Adult Social Care Precept £220.65
£434.14 Band D GLA Precept £471.40
£1,892.71 Total Band D Council Tax Bill £2,002.75

Adult social care precept

The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities. (“Adult social care authorities” are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly.)

The offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional “precept” on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016-17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20, however has since been extended. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

This year 2024/25, the Secretary of State has allowed adult social care authorities to charge a precept of up to 2%.

The government states that the precept must be shown as a separate charge on all Council Tax bills. The income generated from this charge is ring-fenced, meaning it can only be used for adult social care services.

Adult social care services support some of the most vulnerable members of our community, those in old age and adults with disabilities. Whilst this precept has been helpful in meeting the increasing demands for these services, it is still not enough.  The pressures of meeting the needs of our most vulnerable residents – both children and adults – continue to grow.

This year, alongside the general increase in council tax of 2.99%, the Council will further raise Council Tax by 2%. This will be solely used to fund the increasing costs of adult social care services.

Changes in our expenditure 

Budget 2023/24 £194,460
Service pressures and improvements £54,129
Savings (£15,595)
Budget reallocation from core funding (£11,249)
Budget 2024/25 £221,745

Council Tax

Council Tax 2023/24 Band D Council Tax (£)
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham £1,458.57
Greater London Authority £434.14
Total £1,892.71
Council Tax 2024/25 Band D Council Tax (£)
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham £1,531.35
Greater London Authority £471.40
Total £2,002.75

Greater London Authority (GLA)

You can find information on the Greater London Authority (GLA) charge on Council Tax including how much it is and what it is used for in Your council tax and the GLA (PDF, 103.53 KB). 

East London Waste Authority (ELWA)

ELWA has the statutory responsibility for the disposal of household and commercial waste collected by the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, Havering, Newham and Redbridge, and for the provision of Reuse and Recycling Centres in its area.

Waste disposal is carried out under a 25-year Integrated Waste Management Services Contract by Renewi plc.  ELWA receives funding support via the government’s Private Finance Initiative.

Budget 2024/25

ELWA’s total levy requirement is £75,740,000 (2023/24: £72,846,000). The 2024/25 budget includes an inflationary increase in contract costs.  This is offset by a decrease in the total waste tonnage and an increase in capital financing costs (both relative to the 2023/24  budget) and the forecast 2023/24 budget surplus. Further information can be found on the ELWA website.  The increase for the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham is 5.02%.  

The major part of the ELWA Levy is apportioned on the basis of relative amounts of household waste delivered to ELWA by each of the four constituent London Boroughs, with the remainder apportioned according to their Council Tax Bases.

The Levy on the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham for 2024/25 is £14,238,000 (2023/24: £13,557,000).

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Lee Valley Regional Park is a unique leisure, sports and environmental destination for all residents of London, Essex and Hertfordshire. The 26 mile long, 10,000 acre Park (much of it formerly derelict land) is partly funded by a levy on the Council Tax. This year there has been a 3% increase in this levy. 

Find out more about hundreds of great days out, world class sports venues and award winning parklands on the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority website.

Budget/Levy 2024/25 (£'million)

  2023/24 2024/25
  £m £m
Authority Operating Expenditure  15.5 15.3
Authority Operating Income (7.3) (7.8)
Net Service Operating Costs 8.2 7.5
Financing Costs - Debt servicing/repayments 2.0 2.2
Financing Costs - Capital investment 0.9 1.3
Total Net Expenditure 11.1 11.0
Net use of Reserves (0.5) (0.0)
Total Levy  (10.6) (11.0)

Further details on how this budget is spent and the amount each council contributes can be found on the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority website.

London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA)

The London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) raises a levy each year to meet expenditure on premature retirement compensation and outstanding personnel matters for which LPFA is responsible and cannot charge to the pension fund.  These payments relate to former employees of the Greater London Council (GLC), the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) and the London Residuary Body (LRB). 

For 2024/25, the income to be raised by levies is set out below. The Greater London levy is payable in all boroughs, the Inner London levy only in Inner London Boroughs (including the City of London). The figures show the total to be raised. 

Inner London      £7,000,000
Greater London     £1,000,000
Total £8,000,000

From 2022 onwards, a portion of the amount previously raised as levies is being paid into the LPFA Pension Fund to address a funding deficit in respect of former GLC, ILEA, and LRB employees. 

Environment Agency - south east region

The Environment Agency is a levying body for its Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Functions under the Flood and Water Management Act 2010 and the Environment Agency (Levies) (England and Wales) Regulations 2011.

The Environment Agency has powers in respect of flood and coastal erosion risk management for 5200 kilometres of main river and along tidal and sea defences in the area of the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee. Money is spent on the construction of new flood defence schemes, the maintenance of the river system and existing flood defences together with the operation of a flood warning system and management of the risk of coastal erosion. The financial details are:

Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee






Gross Expenditure £140,213 £157,319
Levies Raised £12,526 £12,776
Total Council Tax Base 5,297 5,365

The majority of funding for flood defence comes directly from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). However, under the new Partnership Funding rule not all schemes will attract full central funding.To provide local funding for local priorities and contributions for partnership funding the Regional Flood and Coastal Committees recommend through the Environment Agency a local levy.

A change in the gross budgeted expenditure between years reflects the programme of works for both capital and revenue needed by the Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to which you contribute. The total Local Levy raised by this committee has increased by 1.99%

The total Local Levy raised has increased from £12,526,341 in 2023/2024 to £12,775,615 for 2024/2025.

Council Tax general enquiry

We want to help you understand Council Tax and how to pay it. The best way to contact us for help or information is to use our Council Tax general enquiry form.

Council Tax general enquiry form