Residents in Wandsworth continue to benefit from having one of the UK’s lowest council tax bills

Wandsworth residents look like, once again, paying one of the lowest council tax bills in the country.

The Finance and Corporate Resources Committee last night supported the recommendations in the annual budget setting report. 

The report will now be considered at the next council meeting on March 4 where the council will be asked to consider a council tax increase of 1.99 per cent, plus a further 2 per cent targeted for social care.

This means an average extra charge of £17.95 a year, with Wandsworth residents still continuing to benefit from one of the lowest council tax bills in the country.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is proposing to increase his share of council tax by 3.6 per cent, meaning his precept will rise by £11.56 a year.

This takes Wandsworth’s overall average Band D council tax bill for the entire year to £799.82 - of which £332.07 is payable to the Mayor.

However, this overall Wandsworth total is still expected to be around half the London average.

Councillor Rory O’Broin, cabinet member for finance and corporate resources, said: “Wandsworth continues to make sure its residents pay one of the lowest council taxes in London while benefiting from some of the best-run services in the country.

“I’m delighted that we can provide people with value for money while continuing to invest in libraries, parks, roads and housing.”

He added: “And we have also committed £20m to projects that will deliver on our environment and sustainability strategy as part of our fight to tackle climate change.”

The report also shows that the council benefited from a record £12.953 million new homes bonus payment in 2019/20 in reward for supporting new housing delivery in the borough, the second highest award in the country.