Our priorities

Low council tax

Our priorities

  • Keeping your council tax bill as low as possible while providing the best possible quality of service. On average people in Wandsworth pay the lowest council tax in the country.

Did you know?

  • The average council tax bill in Wandsworth has gone up by just 3% since 2007 (£19). In comparison, the average energy bill has increased by 50% during that period (£416).
  • The average Londoner pays twice the amount in council tax that people in Wandsworth pay.

How we are working to ensure that you benefit

  • Maintaining the lowest average council tax in the country
  • Providing the best quality services for the lowest cost to you

How we are doing it

  • Since 2010 we have had to save £140 million.
  • Our services and staff costs are shared across Richmond Council, which is saving you more than £10 million a year.
  • Even before we shared services with Richmond we had already saved £8 million by reducing management costs to ensure that as much money as possible is spent on frontline services rather than administration. 
  • There are lots of other things that we are doing to keep your council tax low. We have sold our redundant council buildings, we are moving as many of our services as possible online to reduce call centre running and we are looking at ways to bring in income, for example by bringing the Go Ape leisure attraction to Battersea Park.

Matthew thinks he is quids in living in Wandsworth

Matthew has lived in the borough since 2014 and says the best thing about living here is the low council tax – as well as the green spaces and pubs.

He has moved with his partner from a rented a flat in Tooting to a one-bedroom flat in Riverlight Quay, which they own a 25% stake in.

Originally from Kent, the 27-year-old who works for the police said: 

"I love living in Wandsworth. I pay half what I paid before in council tax and there is so much to do.  We are spoilt for choice on pubs and I love the green spaces, particularly Battersea Park and Tooting Bec Common.

Living in Riverlight Quay he is now looking forward to see development at Nine Elms take shape. “The Power Station is such an iconic building,” he said. “And it’s great to see so many bars and restaurants popping up on our door step.”

Latest news

The average council tax bill in Wandsworth will remain the lowest in the country.

This year we agreed an increase of 3.99% to our share of the tax rate, 2% of which will be dedicated to social care.

The Mayor of London has increased his share of the bill by 1.5% which, with other levies, means that the average Band D tax has risen by £1.67 a month. This takes Wandsworth’s average Band D council tax bill for the entire year to £700.04, which is around half the London average.