Waste service strike

The waste service strike is now over and we have restarted service from 27 September 2023.

Over the next few weeks, our waste service team and private waste contractors will catch up on missed collections and street cleaning as quickly as possible.

We thank everyone for their patience and apologise for the inconvenience

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What do you use my council tax for?

Council tax is the contribution that people who live in Tower Hamlets make to the many services provided by the borough, such as street lighting, collecting rubbish, schools and libraries, as well as the police and fire service.

The council is required by law to collect money for other organisations through the council tax.

These organisations are the Greater London Authority (GLA), the Environment agency, London Pension Fund Authority and the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

The council cannot influence how much they charge.

For example, the total amount of council tax payable for a Band D property is £1581.02 in 2023/24.

£1146.88  of this sum helps pay for council services and the balance of £434.14 is collected on behalf of the Greater London Authority (GLA).

How is council tax going to be spent this year?

The council’s net expenditure in 2023-24 will be £446.2m, which includes income generated through rents, investments and charges for services.

The total net expenditure is funded through retained business rates, council tax, reserves and specific grants.

Council Tax 2023-2024 budget diagram


Budgeted net expenditure 2022/23
Adult Social Care £125.3m
Central Services** £114.1m
Children's Social Care £86.1m
Cultural and Related Services £16m
Environmental, Regulatory, Highways and Transport Services £39.1m
Housing Services £17m
Planning and Development Services* £11.3m
Public Health £36.7m

*This includes economic development, community development and sustainability

** Includes all corporate services and corporate contingencies

In addition, the council pays for school services which are fully-funded by government grants that are restricted to these particular services.

Further information

There is a thorough breakdown of how your council tax contributes to making Tower Hamlets a great place to live in the 2023/24 Council Tax booklet.

For more information bands/guidance to accompany your Council Tax demand note (bill).