What your Council Tax is spent on

Council Tax

We set the amount of Council Tax you have to pay every year.

The Valuation Office Agency has put each property in England in one of eight bands based on its price in 1 April 1991.

We set the amount you have to pay for each band.

We use your Council Tax to pay for many local services like emergency services, rubbish collection, libraries, schools, street lights and much more.

Some of the money goes to pay for the Greater London Authority (GLA) spending.

We calculate your Council Tax using the Valuation Office's bands and the GLA charges.

Our Council Tax bands and charges for 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020

Council Tax band

Value of your home on
1 April 1991

Total Charge
for 2019/20

LBWF Share Adult Social Care precept GLA Share
A Up to and including £40,00 £1129.30 £850.72 £64.91 £213.67
B £40,001 to £52,000 £1327.52 £992.51 £75.72 £249.29
C £52,001 to £68,000 £1505.73 £1134.29 £86,54 £284.90
D £68,001 to £88,000 £1693.95 £1276.08 £97.36 £320.51
E £88,001 to £120,000 £2070.38 £1559.65 £119.00 £391.73
F £120,001 to £160,000 £2446.82 £1843.23 £140.63 £462.96
G £160,001 to £320,000 £2823.25 £2126.80 £162.27 £534.18
H More than £320,000 £3387.90 £2552.16 £194.72 £641.02

These figures don’t take account of any discounts, benefits, or other reductions you may be entitled to.

We are aware of the following scams happening across London.

Council tax refund scam via text message

The London Borough of Waltham Forest will never text you regarding a refund. 

We will never ask you to confirm bank details in this way or ask you to share your personal information. 
If a resident is due a refund, the Council would refund the money directly back to the bank account that payments had been made from or issue a cheque. Credits on account are notified in writing by means of a credit bill. 

Council tax refund scam via email

If you've received an email which appears to have come from HM Revenues and Customs, advising that you are due a council tax refund and asking you to click a link, please ignore it as it's a scam.

We will not ask for a fee in advance of issuing a rebate - any email, phone call or other form of contact where you are asked for a fee to release a Council Tax rebate is a scam.

Similarly, any emails from council.tax@council.tax.gov.uk requesting you to provide details to claim a refund, are also a scam.

Council tax 'band reduction' scam via phone call

If you receive a phone call from a company offering to reduce your council tax band for a fee, please do not pay, as it's a scam.

If you believe you have been the victim of a fraud or for further information regarding avoiding scams please contact Action Fraud.