What is council tax and how is it spent?

Find out about council tax and how the money is spent.

In this guide

How your council tax is spent

Council tax payers and business rate payers will find financial information to accompany their 2023-24 bill here.

Revenue expenditure and income 2023-24

Revenue expenditure and income figures for 2023-24


Gross expenditure

Gross income

Net expenditure

Children’s Services




The Economy
















Social care




Corporate costs*








Other expenditure 2023-24

Use of balances and other adjustments


Capital financing adjustment




Corporate grants


Net expenditure


* Included in corporate costs - levies (excluding WRWA)


Change in Hammersmith & Fulham’s budget

The council’s net revenue budget has increased from £173.04 million in 2022-23 to £185.63 million in 2023-24

The change in our budget comes as £13.6m was added due to inflation and £11.65m was added by growth pressures and service improvements including cost-of-living support.

This was offset against a £12.66m decrease in efficiency savings and income generation and other changes.

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 (pdf 98KB)

The amount to be raised by council tax in 2023-24 is £109.6 million.


The net expenditure of the council (£184m as shown in the table above) includes the following levy payments.

Levy payments (000s)

Levy type



Percentage change

London Pensions Fund Authority




Environment Agency




Western Riverside Waste Authority




Lee Valley Regional Park Authority








Statement of accounts

Statement of accounts and audit notices

Business rates

Crossrail business rate supplement (542KB pdf)

Further information

More details on the finances of Hammersmith & Fulham Council will be available in the revenue estimate book and the statement of accounts. Both documents will be available for inspection here Statement of accounts and audit notices and at the council’s libraries.

Hard copies are available on request, please contact: The Strategic Director of Finance, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, Hammersmith, London 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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