Council Tax for 2020-21

Council Tax

As the local Council, Kensington and Chelsea provides schools, social services, youth services and libraries, waste collection and street cleaning, leisure services, parks, parking and many other local services. Most of the council tax we collect from you is to pay for services and further details are set out within.

The Council also includes a precept for Adult Social Care (ASC) and collects money through Council Tax on behalf of the Greater London Authority (GLA). This year the ASC precept is £57.44 and the GLA is charging £332.07 for each Band D property.

Adult Social Care Precept

The Secretary of State made an offer to adult social care authorities. ('Adult social care authorities' are local authorities which have functions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014, namely county councils in England, district councils for an area in England for which there is no county council, London borough councils, the Common Council of the City of London and the Council of the Isles of Scilly).

This offer was the option of an adult social care authority being able to charge an additional 'precept' on its council tax without holding a referendum, to assist the authority in meeting its expenditure on adult social care from the financial year 2016/17. It was originally made in respect of the financial years up to and including 2019/20. If the Secretary of State chooses to renew this offer in respect of a particular financial year, this is subject to the approval of the House of Commons.

This offer was renewed for financial year 2020/21 to allow authorities which provide these services to apply an additional 2% increase. We have applied these increases for 2020/21, please see the table below showing how much the council tax will increase for a Band D property.

 RBKC (£)GLA (£)Total (£)
Council Tax for 2019/20870.04320.511,190.55
Increase in RBKC Council Tax 1.99%17.32  
Increase in Adult Social Care Precept 2%17.40  
Increase in GLA Precept 3.6% 11.56 
Council Tax for 2020/21904.76332.071,236.83

The 2% increase for the adult social care precept is calculated as follows:

The previous year’s RBKC council tax amount and the adult social care precept amounts are added together and 2% of this sum is calculated and added onto the previous year’s adult social care precept.

For 2020/21, it is calculated as:

Council Tax Charge for 2019-20 = £830.00 + £40.04 = £870.04

2% of £870.04 = £17.40

Adult Social Care Precept for 2019/20 was £40.04

New Adult Social Care Precept = £40.04 + £17.40 = £57.44

The following table shows the breakdown of how much council tax is payable for each band of property for 2020/21. For some properties the Council also collects garden square levies. The GLAs explanation of its spending and tax can be found on the Greater London Authority page.


BandRBKC* Council Tax (£)ASC Precept (£)GLA Tax (£)Total Council Tax (£)
B659.0344.67258.28 961.98
C753.17 51.06295.171,099.40
D847.32 57.44332.07 1,236.83 
E1,035.61 70.21405.86 1,511.68 
F1,223.92 82.96479.66 1,786.54
G1,412.20 95.73553.452,061.38 
H1,694.64 114.88664.14 2,473.66 

* Excludes garden square levies