Council Tax in Harlow: The facts and figures

Harlow Council / Fri 23rd Feb 2024 at 02:29pm

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THE total amount Harlow residents will pay in Council Tax from 1 April 2024 has been set and this year’s bill will include a freeze in Harlow Council’s share for the third year running.

Essex County Council will increase its share by 4.99%, which includes 2% for Adult Social Care, the Essex Police & Crime Commissioner will increase Essex Police’s share by 5.55% and Essex Fire Service by 2.91%. Harlow Council’s share will not increase.

The increases from the county council, police and fire mean the overall bill will increase by 4.27% which is an extra £87.66 a year for a band D home in Harlow. 

Although Harlow Council collects Council Tax it only keeps £13 out of every £100 collected, £71 goes to Essex County Council, £12 to Essex Police and £4 to Essex Fire & Rescue Service.

Residents will receive their new bills in March. Harlow’s Council Tax bill from 1 April 2024 will be made up as follows:

Help and support with your Council Tax

Residents can pay their bill over 12 months between April and March rather than over 10 months. Please contact us atwww.harlow.gov.uk/contact-us-revenues-and-benefits before 1 May 2024.

Residents who are struggling to pay their Council Tax or rent should visit www.harlow.gov.uk/benefits

Residents can also manage their Council Tax online and sign up to get their bill online at https://selfserve.harlow.gov.uk/MyAccounts

For information contact us at www.harlow.gov.uk/contact-us-revenues-and-benefits, visit www.harlow.gov.uk/council-tax or call 01279 446688

Some 6,000 households on low incomes will continue to receive support with their Council Tax. The Local Council Tax Support scheme funds up 76% of the overall Council Tax bill for those of working age and up to 100% for those of pensionable age eligible for support. For more information and to apply for Council Tax support visit www.harlow.gov.uk/benefits/council-tax-support

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11 Comments for Council Tax in Harlow: The facts and figures:

Dan Long
2024-02-23 18:46:58

We need to scrap Essex county council. They are the most greediest councillors. We,the Harlow residents have been paying towards social through our council tax care for years.This is just another excuse for the county councillors to earn more allowance. Scrap Essex county council,NOW.

Appalled of Harlow
2024-02-23 19:00:24

Its a disgrace that our Council has gone up yet again, what for where is the service, the roads are in an appalling state potholes are like craters, the pavements are in need of repair, I can safely say that the Conservatives and the Labour party will not be getting my vote in the local election or the General Election. We the people have had enough.

Angry of Harlow.
2024-02-23 19:20:38

I agree with Dan Long, let's scrap the County Council no longer fit for purpose other than rip off the residents of Essex. Get the potholes filled in. Until then you cannot justify this increase in the Council Tax. It does not matter who is in charge as you are all greedy and you do not serve the people of this town. Pay more get less that should be their motto. Enough is enough. It will be the hard working families on low incomes that are going to suffer not those on good wages. The Conservatives and Labour will not be getting my vote in the Local and General Election.

2024-02-23 20:06:44

I for one love paying taxes so essex county council can do things like give £500K to a web prankster and possibly much more. I love paying for a fire service which will not enter a river to rescue someone, or police who cannot seem to detect and solve crime but are great at two tier policing. I love driving on roads which look like the Russians have shelled them. Most of all I love being lectured to about a climate emergency whose models like covid have never once been right. But just like covid people make a very nice living out of them and selling / pushing the right equipment etc. . Perhaps it is why politicans are held in suck low regard these days

2024-02-23 21:11:34

I have asked many times to see the full accounts, not just the bits they want to see. After a few years I am still waiting.

2024-02-23 22:37:42

@Steve that will not happen as our politicians, political parties, and establishment are corrupt to the core. Just look at the 500K ECC handed out, there are other dodgy payments, or the PPE fast lanes. It is not as in your face corrupt as many countries but it is. Look closer to home London road was going to be bus lane, people objected so the councillor made sure road was nobles with the silly chicanes. I have said it before and will again and again politicians are the worst of us, they want to control others.

Dan Long
2024-02-24 09:20:26

Adam.where the you live because it is definitely not in the same town as me,that's for sure. The country council haven't done hardly anything around this town and it's the same every year.Harlow seems to be the town that gets neglected when it comes to repairs such as the roads and footpaths being maintained.So I am against our council tax going up. We are having broken promises thrown in our faces and we,the Harlow residents are all being lied to again by the Tories. By the way,the Labour opposition party are no better when it comes to controling or investing our council tax.Everyone should take a look back to 2012/ 2021 when Labour were the administration party of Harlow. They increased our council tax 8 times in nine years of being the administration party of Harlow. So these two are as bad as eachother.none of the care for or put the number one priority of Harlow first and the is the people of Harlow. Ps,I'm standing in May.So watch this space.

2024-02-24 09:37:22

Dan I was joking the town is a dump and getting worse and all politicians are to blame

James Leppard
2024-02-24 10:32:33

Is it not astounding that Harlow Labour Councillors voted unanimously last Thursday to end the Council Tax Support scheme under agenda item 10. Had this been accepted by the administration or had they abstained, 6,000 of Harlow's most vulnerable results would have faced additional bills of hundreds to thousands of £ without warning. The individual votes are recorded so residents can name and shame the 11 Labour members voting to inflict financial hardship on the poorest in our community. Fortunately, the 14 Conservative votes for the motion saw the scheme protected.

2024-02-24 10:40:31

James we have 6000 people in this town who get council assistance ? Why should they not pay their fair share to coin a phrase labour use often?

James Leppard
2024-02-24 11:56:38

Well they would have all been paying full if the Labour vote had prevailed. These are people who are genuinely vulnerable, including many old age pensioners and people with disabilities. The Labour vote was very inhumane and lacking compassion.

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