How is the Council Tax calculated?

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The local tax in London, also called the Council Tax, covers a range of services offered by the Councils to its residents: education, cleaning, recycling, etc. It is due whether residents rent or own their property. The Tax varies depending on where you live in London. How is it determined, and is it the same everywhere in London?


In general, the Council tax depends upon the size of the property. The bigger the property, the higher the tax. In fact, the calculation is based on the purchase value of the property in 1191 – which can be a surprising rule, we agree! For properties built after 1991, the Council has to send a valuation expert.


In London itself, the Council Tax comprises of two elements: the local Council part, and the Greater London Authority part (over which the Council has no control).


For the part determined by the Council, there can be large differences between Councils. For example, Westminster Council famously offers its residents one of the lowest council taxes in the whole of London …. which can be surprising!


Good to know: a 25% discount is offered to single residents, on application.


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