Council Tax booklet 2020/2021
Our responsibility as a council is to provide local services for residents and ensure our borough is a great place to live, work, study and visit. We have ambitious plans for Hounslow but need to respond to increasing local demand and
Over the past 10 years we have had to manage unprecedented reductions in funding from the Government, meaning we have had to save many millions of pounds from our core budget. Against this backdrop, and in order to protect frontline services while achieving our ambitions, deliver government requirements and meet increasing demand for services and the needs of a growing and ageing population, we have had to make the difficult decision to increase your Council Tax this year by 3.99 per cent.
This increase will cost an extra £48.92 a year, or just over £4 a month, for a typical Band D property (excluding the Greater London Authority precept). A two per cent increase is ringfenced to protect adult social care – an increase in line with government policy - and 1.99 per cent is a general increase reflecting the impact of inflation on the council’s costs.
To minimise the impact on services, we have focused on increasing our efficiency by encouraging greater use of online services, reducing contract and insurance costs, working smarter and reducing back office costs. Our move to a smaller, modern, efficient and environmentally-friendly building – Hounslow House- in April 2019 has also resulted in lower running costs.
This places us at the heart of the community providing easier access to our building and increasing visitors to our library.
We continue to live through uncertain times. As Britain has just left the European Union, we are not yet clear what this will mean in terms of a trade agreement or the impact on our economy. Then there is the increasing impact of coronavirus, which not only is a risk to our health, but also to our local businesses and the local economy.
Residents can manage their Council Tax account online
Register at www.hounslow.gov.uk/counciltax to check your bill, set up a direct debit, claim Council Tax Support or tell us about any changes to your circumstances.
For more information, visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/counciltax