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Council Tax

  • Council tax and benefits

Council Tax is a contribution that you must make to help pay for local services.

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There is one bill for each home, whether it is owned or rented. Part of the Council Tax goes directly to the Greater London Authority which pays for the police and fire authorities. The bill is based on the capital value as determined on 1 April 1991 by the Inland Revenue's agency, The Valuation Office.

The amount of Council Tax that you have to pay is based on this valuation and any discounts or exemptions that you may be entitled to.

Information relating to the relevant and previous financial years in regard to the gross expenditure of Barnet Council is available at our Business Rates page. A hard copy of the Council Tax booklet and previous years information is also available on request by writing to London Borough of Barnet, Business Rates, PO Box 2016, Pershore, WR10 9BH.

Council Tax new bill dates

New bills are sent out in March, so that they are delivered in time to start paying again from April.

We plan to issue the new Council Tax bills for 2016/17 from 14 March 2016 and you should have your new bill by 22 March 2016.

If you have not received your new bill by 28 March 2016 then please contact the Council Tax team.

You normally pay Council Tax from April to January in the following year. However taxpayers who only move into the borough after April may find that their instalments end in February or March.

The easiest and most reliable way to pay Council Tax is by Direct Debit. By choosing to pay by Direct Debit you can opt to pay over 10, 11 or 12 instalments and one of 6 different dates, making payment of your Council Tax even easier.

Download a Direct Debit Form.

Low income help with Council Tax

You may be entitled to Council Tax Support in addition to any State Benefits you currently receive.

From 1 April 2013, Council Tax Benefit was abolished and replaced with Council Tax Support. Contact the Housing Benefits Section for advice on 020 8359 2111 or email benefits@barnet.gov.uk. There is also advice on the Benefits section of this website.

Council Tax Discretionary Relief Scheme

Barnet Council has a discretionary discount policy to help you to reduce your Council Tax liability if you are struggling to pay your council tax bill. This is in accordance with Section 13A of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

How do I make a claim

Applications must be made in writing and will be considered on an individual basis and depend on your personal and financial circumstances. You'll need to complete an application form.

You can obtain a form by:

Barnet House

1255 High Road



N20 0EJ

Burnt Oak Library

Watling Avenue




If you require further advice, please contact the Discretionary Housing Payment Team on 0208 359 2442 for assistance.


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