A guide to your Council Tax

Southwark Council’s budget - Finance

About the council’s budget

Southwark Council’s revenue budget for 2024-25 represents the estimated cost of delivering our services. The amount we can spend each year is limited by the amount of grant we receive from government and income received from other sources, such as council tax, fees and charges, and any business rate growth that we can retain. Since 2010-11, like other councils, Southwark has experienced significant reductions in government funding. Despite the challenges, the council remains committed to protecting services for the most vulnerable people, cutting waste and mitigating as much of the impact of cuts as possible.

The 2024-25 budget has been prepared in the context of high inflation, the cost of living crisis and uncertainty around government funding. In addition the council has also had to manage the increasingly high demands and pressures on front-line services, particularly adult social care, children’s services, homelessness services and welfare support. The council has to fund local government pay increases and higher inflation costs.

Due to changes in government funding our revenue budget is reliant upon the council raising funds through council tax and business rates with some revenue support grant received from government. In order to present a balanced revenue budget for 2024-25 that continues to protect services for our most vulnerable residents, the council is raising council tax by a local increase of 2.99% and 2% for the adult social care precept, a total of 4.99%.

Adult social care precept

It was agreed by the council to increase the adult social care precept in 2024-25 by 2% in line with government guidance. This will raise an additional £2.8 million in 2024-25. The adult social care spending plans assume this level of additional funding will be available. A 2% increase for the adult social care precept for 2024-25 equates to £25.17 for a band D equivalent.

Retained business rates will fund 47.1% of the council’s budget for 2024-25. 12.5% will be from revenue support grant and 40.4% from the council tax that residents pay.

Where do the council’s resources come from?

Income type Share of resources
Retained business rates 47.1%
Council Tax 40.4%
Revenue support grant 12.5%

How is Southwark Council’s part of the bill worked out?

To work out the tax for each band, we divide Southwark’s total council tax requirement by a number known as the council tax base. This gives the council tax for band D, with the other bands calculated as a proportion of this. For 2024-25, band D is £1,321.58 which is £148,236,342 divided by 112,166 (council tax base).

What other services does my bill pay for?

Part of your council tax meets the costs of the Greater London Authority (GLA). This is known as the GLA precept and it covers the cost of police, fire and transport for the whole of London. The Mayor of London and the London Assembly set the GLA precept and Southwark Council has no control over this contribution. This year the GLA precept has been increased by 8.58% for band D.

Details of the GLA’s budget

Southwark Council’s income and expenditure

The revenue budget is mainly funded by revenue support grant, council tax and business rates. Schools are funded through the dedicated schools grant and other government grants.

This table explains our budget:

Net Budget (adj)
Service 2024-25
Net Budget
86.3 Children’s service 336.7 -250.8 85.9
73.4 Adult social care 158.9 -80.7 78.2
19.6 Highways  24.7 -5.2 19.5
-5.8 Planning & Growth 15.8 -22.2 -6.4
16.8 Parks & Leisure 20.0 -6.3 13.7
7.9 Libraries 8.6 -0.4 8.2
-3.8 Regulatory Services 8.7 -4.3 4.4
41.1 Refuse collection and disposal 72.6 -33.2 39.4
15.1 Customer and Exchequer 156.3 -140.3 16.0
24.5 Housing (General Fund) 64.5 -38.2 26.3
73.7 Other services 290.0 -215.8 74.2
348.8 Total spending on services 1,156.8 -797.4 359.4

Funded by:

-167.2 Retained Business Rates and Top Up     -169.1
-42.2 Revenue Support Grant     -45.0
-0.3 Council Tax surplus/deficit     2.9
137.4 Southwark's Council Tax Requirement     148.2
109,174.00  Divided by Council Tax base     112,166.00
1,1258.78  Which equals Southwark's Band D council tax     1,321.58
47.4 GLA Requirement     52.9
109,174.00  Divided by Council Tax base     112,166.00
434.14  Which equals GLA Band D council tax     471.4
1,692.92  Total Band D Council Tax     1,792.98
Children's Services 23.9
Adult Social Care 21.8
Environment and Leisure 29.4
Other 24.9

Other key information

At 31 March 2023, the council’s uncommitted reserves were £39.6 million, investments £220 million and borrowing £991 million. Southwark Council employed approximately 4,639 staff (FTE) as at 31 March 2023.

How is Southwark Council Tax calculated?

In 2024-25 a band D charge will be £1,321.58 which is a £62.80 increase from the band D Council Tax charge in 2023-24 as shown in the table below.

2023-24 band D charge 1,258.78
Add 4.99% increase 62.80
2023-24 band D charge 1,321.58

Page last updated: 19 March 2024


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