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What your Council Tax pays for

Council Tax is a locally set tax, payable on all homes in the borough, whether they are owned or rented. Your Council Tax is your contribution to the many services the council provides such as schools, roads, libraries, support for vulnerable children and adults, and rubbish collections.

Council Tax also pays for the police, the fire service and many other local services.

Budget for 2020/21

Councillors have agreed the 2020/21 budget, which will continue to protect key services and support our most vulnerable residents.

The 2020/21 budget was agreed at a full council meeting on Wednesday 26 February 2020 and there will be no cuts to council services.

Find out more on how the council is investing in different projects to improve residents’ lives and make the borough a better place where no one is left behind. 

Council Tax increases

We made the difficult decision to increase Council Tax by 3.99% this year. That’s an increase of 95p per week for the average family (that’s a family paying Band D).

The increase will raise £2.5 million and half will go towards paying for everyday council services. The other half will go directly towards adult social care costs, to help vulnerable older residents. This is a lot of money, but the reality is it will only pay for the care needed by 35 adults living with dementia.

Council Tax information (PDF, 5138KB)

CT pays

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 It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019-20. 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 financial year 2020-21, the Secretary of State has allowed adult social care authorities to charge a precept of up to 2%.

The government stated 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 1.99%, the Council will further raise Council Tax by 2%. This will be solely used to fund the increasing costs of adult social care services.

Adult social care precept increases since 2016/17

2016-172%
2017-183%
2018-193%
2019-200%
2020-212%

 

If you are on a low income, you can claim Council Tax Support, which may meet some or all of your Council Tax bill payments. If you claim Universal Credit or soon will, remember that this will not cover your Council Tax costs and needs to be claimed separately.

If you have been placed in the borough by another council that pays your Housing Benefit, you must still apply for Council Tax support in Barking and Dagenham via our website.

You may be eligible for a reduction in your bill if you satisfy certain criteria, for example if you are the only adult resident or if you are a full time student. There are a range of discounts and exemptions available which cover a variety of circumstances.

You can choose to spread your Council Tax instalments over 12 months rather than 10, making it easier to pay; you must inform us before your April instalment is due if you wish to do this (as your instalment plan must end in March 2019).

Changes in our expenditure

The explanation for the increase in expenditure compared with 2019/20 is summarised below.

 £'000
Budget before reserves usage£148,820
Service pressures and improvements£20,436
Savings(£12,696)
Contributions from reserves and other(£764)
Budget 2020/21£155,796

Council Tax

The actual amount we charge you, the Council Tax payer, is £65.8million which equates to a band D equivalent of £1,284.80. The actual amount that the Greater London Authority charges you this year is £17million, or the equivalent of £332.07 at band D. The total charge for 2020-21 is £1,616.87 (£1,556.01 2019/20).

Council Tax 2019/20Band D Council Tax (£)
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham£1,235.50
Greater London Authority£320.51
Total£1,556.01
Council Tax 2020/21Band D Council Tax (£)
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham£1,284.80
Greater London Authority£332.07
Total£1,616.87

Charges from other bodies

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, 440KB). 

East London Waste Authority (ELWA)

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 with Renewi plc (previously Shanks Waste Management Ltd.), supported by funding via the government’s Private Finance Initiative.    

Budget 2020/21

ELWA’s total levy requirement is £67,488,000 (2019/20: £67,488,000). Inflationary increases in operational costs and landfill tax, insurance and provision for increases in the amount of waste as the population grows are offset by reduced contributions to reserves for future waste arrangements, resulting in no change to the total levy.  The decrease for the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham is 0.03%.

The major part of the ELWA Levy is apportioned on the basis of relative amounts of household waste delivered to it 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 2020/21 is £12,531,000 (2019/20 was £12,535,000).

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority is a unique leisure, sports and environment destination for all residents of London, Essex and Hertfordshire. The 26 mile long, 1,000 acre park, much of it former derelict land, is partly funded by a levy on the Council Tax. This year there has been no increase in this levy. 

More about hundreds of great days out, world class sports venues and award winning parklands 

Budget/levy changes - 2019/20 to 2020/21 (£'000)

 2019/202020/21
 £m£m
Authority operating expenditure 10.915.1
Authority operating income(3.0)(7.9)
Net service operating cost7.97.2
Financing costs: - Debt servicing/repayments0.50.9
                            Capital investments 1.29.3
Total net expenditure9.69.3
Total levy (9.6)(9.6)
London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA)

London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA)

The LPFA raises a levy each year to meet the 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 2020/21, the income to be raised be 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 and, in brackets, the percentage change on the previous year.

Inner London     £13,065,200     
Greater London    £10,317,753 
Total£23,382,953 (0%)
Environment Agency - south east region

Environment Agency - south east region

The Council Tax (Demand Notices) (England) Regulations 2011.

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 5,200 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

 

2019/20

'000s

2020/21

'000s

Gross expenditure

£100,146£101,860
Levies raised£11,577£11,807
Total Council Tax base

£5,085

£5,163

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 £11,576,942 in 2019/20 to £11,807,323 for 2020/21.

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.

To use the form, you need to be signed in to your Barking and Dagenham Council My Account. If you don't have a My Account, you can register for My Account.

Council Tax general enquiry form