How your council tax is spent

Our budget for 2019-20 includes more funding for social care and services to tackle violent crime.

Council tax bills in Hammersmith & Fulham will remain the third lowest in the country this year.

We are the only council in the country to have abolished all charges for home care for elderly and Disabled people.

The new budget continues that no charge commitment and provides for £10.8 million additional spending, much of that for social care for children, elderly and Disabled people.

Read more on how we spend your money (pdf, 1.3MB).

Council tax payers and business rate payers will find financial information to accompany their 2019-20 bill here.

Revenue expenditure and income 2019-20

Revenue expenditure and income figures for 2019-20 and 2018-19.

Children’s Services
Year Gross expenditure Gross income Net expenditure
2019-20 £72.46m £28.38m £44.08m
2018-19 £70.9m £30.54m £40.36m
Corporate Services
Year Gross expenditure Gross income Net expenditure
2019-20 £5.70m £4.04m £1.66m
2018-19 £5.52m £5.11m £0.41m
Finance and governance
Year Gross expenditure Gross income Net expenditure
2019-20 £38.98m £34.49m £4.49m
2018-19 £39.42m £36.53m £2.89m
Growth and place
Year Gross expenditure Gross income Net expenditure
2019-20 £38.56m £28.83m £9.73m
2018-19 £38.67m £29.25m £9.42m
Public services reform
Year Gross expenditure Gross income Net expenditure
2019-20 £19.13m £13.62m £5.51m
2018-19 £19.56m £16.75m £2.81m
Residents' services
Year Gross expenditure Gross income Net expenditure
2019-20 £91.83m £53.69m £38.14m
2018-19 £93.23m £53.09m £40.14m
Social care
Year Gross expenditure Gross income Net expenditure
2019-20 £110.13m £56.93m £53.20m
2018-19 £105.33m £54.01m £51.32m
Central items
Year Gross expenditure Gross income Net expenditure
2019-20 £167.69m £154.14m £13.55m
2018-19 £173.97m £155.18m £18.79m
Total 
Year Gross expenditure Gross income Net expenditure
2019-20 £544.48m £374.12m £170.36m
2018-19 £546.60m £380.46m £166.14m
Other expenditure
Expenditure type 2019-20 2018-19
Levies (excluding Western Riverside Waste Authority) £1.57m £1.52m
Contingencies, grants and use of balances £16.41m £8.88m
Capital financing adjustment £18.76m £18.96m

Change in Hammersmith & Fulham’s budget

Our net revenue budget has decreased from £138.94 million in 2018-19 to £136.71 million in 2019-20. 

The change in our budget comes as £3m was added due to inflation and £10.80m was added by growth pressures and service improvements.

However this was offset against a £10.30m decrease in efficiency savings and income generation and a £5.73m decrease in movement in reserves, provisions and one off adjustments.

How much council tax we need to collect (£m)

Council tax is collected to pay for the council’s own services, for example libraries, refuse collection and social care, as well as the services provided by the Greater London Authority (GLA). Your council tax and the Greater London Authority 2019 (pdf 87KB).

The reduction of Revenue Support Grant to nil and the increase in Locally Retained Business Rates is due to the roll out of the 100% Business Rate retention pilot.

The amount to be raised by council tax in 2019-20 is £85.79 million. 

This is because our:

  • net revenue budget requirement is £136.71 million
  • share for funding the Greater London Authority (GLA) is £25.4 million

This is a total of £162.11 million.

We already have:

  • £74.1 million from locally retained business rates
  • £0.22 million from one off collection fund surplus
  • £2 million from a one-off share the 2018-19 100% business rates pilot growth surplus

This is a total of £76.32 million.

The difference between £162.11 million and £76.32 million is £85.79 million.

Levies

The net expenditure of the council (shown in the first table above) includes payments to the:

Levy payments
Levy type 2019-20 2018-19 Percentage change
London Pensions Fund Authority £1,155,000 £1,157,000 -0.2%
Environment Agency £180,000 £177,000 +1.69%
Western Riverside Waste Authority £10,252,000 £10,445,000 -1.84%
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority £188,000 £188,000 No change
Total £11,776,000 £11,967,000 -1.59%

Council tax charges 2019-20

The table below shows the council tax charges for each band.

Council tax charges for 2019-20
Band Ratio of Band D Amount going to Hammersmith & Fulham Council Amount going to the GLA Total council tax amount for 2019-20
Band A 6 to 9 £508.01 £213.67 £721.68
Band B 7 to 9 £592.68 £249.29 £841.97
Band C 8 to 9 £677.35 £284.90 £962.25
Band D 1 £762.02 £320.51 £1,082.53
Band E 11 to 9 £931.36 £391.73 £1,323.09
Band F 13 to 9 £1,100.70 £462.96 £1,563.66
Band G 15 to 9 £1,270.03 £534.18 £1,804.21
Band H 2 £1,524.04 £641.02 £2,165.06

Statement of accounts

Statement of accounts and audit notices

Business rates

Crossrail business rate supplement (pdf)

Further information

More details on the finances of Hammersmith & Fulham Council will be available in the 2018/19 revenue estimate book and the statement of accounts for 2017/18. Both documents will be available for inspection at the council’s libraries and on our website.

Hard copies are available on request, please contact: The Strategic Director of Finance, Hammersmith Town Hall, Ground Floor, King Street, W6 9JU.

We publish further financial information on the Procurement and financial data page, including our net spending by cost centre and our spending with suppliers.

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