Wandsworth average council tax set to remain lowest in country

Published: Friday 17th February 17

The average council tax bill in Wandsworth is likely to remain the lowest in the country under plans to be discussed by councillors next week.

The annual budget setting report will go before the finance and corporate resources committee next Wednesday and recommends an increase of 3.99 per cent in the council’s share of the tax rate, 2 per cent of which will be ring-fenced to fund social care.

The Mayor of London has announced plans to increase his share on the bill by 1.5 per cent and the Wimbledon and Putney Common Conservators have agreed a rise of 6.1 per cent in the levy they charge for the upkeep of this green space. This charge applies to 27,090 homes surrounding the commons and the increase amounts to £1.64 per property for the year.

These changes combined mean the overall average band D tax rate would rise by £1.67 a month from April this year, if bills are split over 12 instalments. This takes Wandsworth’s average Band D council tax bill for the entire year to £700.04, which is around half the London average.

The report also shows that the council benefited from a record £13.288m new homes bonus payment in 2016/17 in reward for its successful regeneration and home building programmes. This funding will help offset the fall in government grant for the coming financial year.

Guy Senior, council finance spokesman, said:

“Like most councils we propose a modest increase in our tax rate for the coming year to help protect vital front line services from the impact of reduced government funding. Thanks to many years of prudent and robust financial management our average bills will likely remain the lowest in the country despite the increase.

“We continue to lead the way in developing new and innovative ways of reducing our spending, including our staff sharing arrangement with Richmond Council which is now helping us provide the same high quality services at a much reduced cost. We have also received a £13.2m new homes bonus as a direct reward for our successful regeneration and home building efforts. This money is being used to protect investment in local services and is just one of the ways our residents are benefiting from new investment in the borough.”

You can read the full report on the council website.

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Recent comments

Can I check my mothers council tax payments from 2013 Mrs Pearce of 3 malwood Rd sw12 8en as there seems to be discrepancies I'd appreciate your prompt response thanks
Claire simpson

24 February 2017

To those who reckon there are many wealthy people who can afford to pay a higher council tax: I think you'll find that most of us can hardly afford to live in our own borough where we were born and raised never mind having to put up with any more rises. I definitely do not want to see council tax go up more than it is. It never makes any difference to any of us who are affected by the terrible high cost of living. Let's stop thinking we are all able to afford more squeeze on our wallet when it's a struggle tu get to the end of every month. Thanks!
Nathalie

20 February 2017

Whilst I applaud the Council for keeping the Council tax as low as it is, I do think that perhaps it should rise more in order that the Council can address the problems of having, as I understand it 5 Food Banks in Wandsworth, together with services which are being cut and other issues which affect the local community.
Alex

20 February 2017

No problems with me to see an increase in the council tax and personally I strongly agree with those who say that the council should give up its apparent obsession with having the lowest (or second lowest) council tax in the country. Whilst it's also necessary to ensure the council is running efficiently, costs are properly controlled and council tax money isn't wasted, this should not be at the expense of poorer or lower quality services and unfortunately I have noticed that many services have become worse over the past few years (refuse collection is one I have particularly noticed). A modest percentage increase in council tax over the next few years to reverse this trend would in my opinion be a good thing and I for one would support it.
Caroline

20 February 2017

I would be more than happy to pay a little more Council tax and see less services cut. We are a rich borough and I think it is false economy to keep commenting how low our tax is when we keep cutting services. Some of our roads are in a real mess and reporting any problems seem to go into the ether.
Phyllis Warner

19 February 2017

More spin and nonsense from the Tory misinformation machine at Wandsworth Council. Nothing to brag about, the cost is to services and those who need assistance. Take the opportunity next year to vote these idiots out and stop them spending our money on vanity projects like the Nine Elms Bridge.
Propaganda

19 February 2017

I don't think it is a bad thing for the Council tax to be increased. I know it is hard on some families, increases always are, but I fear for the people who may be paid low wages and employed under poor conditions of employment because we more comfortable people can remain so. I do not think it is anything to be proud of to have the lowest tax in the country, especially when we have so many wealthy people living in the Borough.
Valerie Davies

19 February 2017

While Wandsworth Council should be commended for its ongoing goal of being more financially efficient (with taxpayers' money) it would be interesting to see how Wandsworth Council's output and quality of services compare to other councils. It's great being the cheapest but not if it means you provide a poor service. Macdconalds is cheaper than Gordon Ramsay but you get what you pay for. Some of the roads in Wandsworth look like they've been bombed. Potholes 6 inches deep are not uncommon. Pavements are in dire need to repair. Fly-tipping is a massive problem (certainly compared to boroughs like Chelsea and Westminster). Battersea Park has been turned into a cash-cow. Is that the best Wandsworth Council can do?
Olivier Desbarres

18 February 2017

I thought Wandsworth had lost its lowest position in 2016? Quite frankly, I would rather the CT went up, and we got some things done. Apart from social services, how about pavement repairs? Uneven, chipped, raised paving stones, sad even the odd potholes. I have tripped several times - most recently some quite severe injuries.
susan lofthouse

18 February 2017

The reason why council tax is low in Wandsworth is we have the highest rent and repairs are never done I live in a house yards from 7 bars 6 nights a week I get 3 hours sleep due to the noise Wandsworth council will not be putting double glaze windows in until 2020 yet my weekly rent is £191 and to top that off Wandsworth council found money to put pavements down outside one of the bars that's keeping me awake and the flower shop that also has 4am deliverys that's keeping me awake. Northcote Rd is not for the likes off me if I want anything creams meat anything to do with a black person I have to go Brixton or tooting there is nothing for a black person in this area apart from headace heartace and lack of sleep.
Sheila Thompson

18 February 2017

I'd prefer Wandsworth to stop competing for the lowest council tax and to provide better services. They are not good value for money. My road is in danger of causing even more damage to cars than it already has because of the pot holes and the services to those in need have been drastically cut back. Fine for those who don't need them - yet!
battersea resident

17 February 2017

Fighting Heathrow expansion is very much our fight, and I applaud Ravi Govindia's commitment to support Putney residents on this campaign
Isabel

17 February 2017

Fighting Heathrow expansion is very much our fight, and I applaud Ravi Govindia's commitment to support Putney residents on this campaign
Isabel

17 February 2017

3.99% - thats twice wage inflation and nothing to be proud of. Time for some more cuts to the council spending please Mr Govindia and stop wasting our money on fighting Heathrow. It is not our fight. I am surprised that having a Labour mayor that the increase is only going for 1.5% - labour are very good at spending other peoples money.
simon

17 February 2017