What your council tax pays for

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Published: 25 March 2024
Filed under: Communications

Do you know what your council tax monthly payments help to pay for? It's a question we get asked a lot, and we want to make sure every resident understands how they are helping to keep Waltham Forest moving. 

Council Tax payments help to pay for things such as: 

  • 300 children and young people being looked after in a fostering environment or an alternative home at any one time 
  • 3,403 adults supported by Adult Social Services 
  • 2,500 local businesses receiving support 
  • 218,000 monthly bin collections 
  • 5,415 potholes filled 
  • 14,000 anti-social behaviour reports investigated 

This is just a variety of things that Council Tax helps to pay for. 

We created a Tiktok video to explain how Council Tax works, including where the money goes and what it's used for. 

Are you struggling to pay your council tax or other finances? Please don't go it alone, there is help available.