Your guide to Camden’s council tax and business rates 2017/18

Letter from the Leader of the Council

March 2017

Dear Resident

Last month the Council took the difficult decision to raise Council tax by 4.99%. Between 2010 and 2018, government will have cut our like for like funding by more than half. We’re now in the position where only an increase in council tax can protect key services.

Government funding cuts have forced cuts to local government services and created a funding crisis in adult social care. This particularly affects our services for vulnerable adults – the elderly, disabled and those with poor mental or emotional health. As our budgets are cut further, demand for these services continues to grow. Between 2013 and 2023, the number of people in Camden aged 75 or over will increase by 30% and the number of people aged 90 or over will increase by more than 50%. A majority of the rise in council tax will be ring fenced to pay for these services.

Before raising tax, we’ve made every effort to cut back office and support costs. We’ve consolidated our buildings, saving us more than £2million per year on heating and power costs. We’ve moved more services online and invested in technology that makes it cheaper to provide and access services. We’ve negotiated hard with external suppliers to keep costs down. But this isn’t enough. To continue investing in the issues that you’ve told us matter to you, we now need to raise tax.

You’ve told us that your most important issue is housing. That’s why, despite the tough financial climate, we’re building over 3,000 new homes through our Community Investment Programme. This programme will also deliver much needed investment for schools and other community facilities. You’ve also told us that you’re concerned about jobs and the economy. We’re providing support for young people and parents to find work and we already pay the London Living Wage (LLW) to all our staff. LLW will also soon be paid to all those who work for our contractors.

We have a strong track record of innovating to deliver high quality services to residents, despite the impact of massive cuts from central Government. This progress must continue. Our commitment to you is that we’ll continue to strive to create a borough where everyone can succeed and no one is left behind.

Enclosed with the letter you’ll find a more detailed break down of where the council’s money comes from and how it’s spent. In addition to funding local services in Camden, an element of your council tax is set by the Mayor of London via his budget process. This is set out in your bill.

If you have trouble paying your bill, please contact us to organise flexible payment based on your circumstances. We will do our best to help.

Yours sincerely
Councillor Sarah Hayward

Leader of the Council

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