Coun­cil tax rise set to be the first in nine years

Lon­don mayor Khan blames the move on his pre­de­ces­sor

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS - By Amita Joshi amita.joshie@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

COUN­CIL tax paid by Lon­don­ers could go up for the first time in nine years as Sadiq Khan moves to pro­tect the polic­ing bud­get.

The fig­ure will go up for the av­er­age Band D coun­cil tax bill by around 8p a week from April, giv­ing the Met an ex­tra £11.2 mil­lion.

The ver­dict was de­cided at the Lon­don As­sem­bly bud­get and per­for­mance com­mit­tee on De­cem­ber 19, ahead of the 2017/8 de­cided.

The mayor blamed pre­de­ces­sor and Uxbridge and South Ruis­lip MP Boris John­son for the way things were left, say­ing his ‘reck­less’ de­ci­sion to cut the po­lice pre­cept has left him with lit­tle choice.

As­sem­bly mem­ber Gareth Ba­con, chair­man of the bud­get and per­for­mance com­mit­tee, said: “The mayor has de­cided to in­crease coun­cil tax next year to help fund the Met Po­lice.

“He will have to mayor’s bud­get draft be­ing ex­plain to the Lon­don As­sem­bly – and to Lon­don­ers – why this is the best way of deal­ing with the cut in gov­ern­ment fund­ing an­nounced last week.”

Scru­ti­n­is­ing the Labour mayor, he added: “So far, there are no af­ford­able house­build­ing tar­gets and it is now be­ing pro­posed that the Met’s per­for­mance mea­sures should be set at the bor­ough, not Lon­don, level.”

Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for the Met is due to fall by £17.4 mil­lion com­pared to 2015-16.

The re­main­der of the mayor’s share of coun­cil tax is spent on ser­vices such as the Lon­don Fire Bri­gade, the Greater Lon­don Author­ity and trans­port.

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