tax bills to rise by up to 25%
Ealing and Hounslow are telling residents that unless they are willing
to accept significant cuts their tax bills will rise by a quarter
local councils that cover the Chiswick area are set to stun residents
with massive increases in tax from this March.
Hounslow's tax consultation
ONE 12.2% INCREASE
£102 for band D properties - Cuts and savings of £4.118
Staffing reductions across all services
maintenance of parks
Cuts to support services for teachers
efficiencies and investing to save, such as investigating
whether an independent sector organisation can run domiciliary
in daycare support
funding for voluntary sector
Increases in charges for leisure centres and land charges
TWO 18.5% INCREASE
£3 per week for a band D property -This would avoid
most of the cuts in option one
London Borough of Hounslow is to ask residents to choose how much
tax they pay with the lowest option given to residents in a forthcoming
consultation being 12.2% The alternative, which will avoid a series
of planned cuts, envisages a stunning 18.5% increase. Hounslow already
has the fourth highest taxes in London.
Council will be consulting residents on decisions for next year’s
budget over the coming weeks. Around 75% of funding for local services,
such as schools and libraries, comes from the Government in the
form of grants whilst the balance is paid by Council Tax. This year
sees a new ‘Formula Spending Share’ (formerly Standard Spending
Assessment) which both Councils claim has reallocated resources
from London to other parts of the country.
The precept levied by the Mayor for London to cover the services
operated by the Greater London Authority will be announced in mid
February and this will be in addition to the boroughs' Council Tax.
This is expected to be announced in mid February and the indications
are that it will be raised by 38% bringing the total rise in tax
bills to around 25% in both boroughs.
John Chatt, Leader of the London Borough of Hounslow said “Like
all London boroughs, Hounslow faces tough choices this year. London’s
settlement has been below other parts of the country, which does
not allow us to continue funding our services at existing levels.
As a result many London boroughs are looking at higher than usual
tax increases this year."
said that the proposals are based on the recommendations of the
cross-party Scrutiny Committee who looked in detail at the cuts
and saving proposals. He added, "Based on this cross-party
view we have put forward two budget options that we believe will
limit the impact on vital community services and give the Council
the chance to modernise and look to the future. I know that no tax
rise is ever welcome but we also know that protecting local services
is a priority for our residents.”
Cudmore leader of Ealing Council said, "In order to make sure
there are no significant cuts in services, there could be an estimated
council tax rise of up to 25%.". The figure is likely to be
finalised towards the end of February.
of Ealing borough pay a lower level of tax than those in Hounslow
but Ealing was recently given a "weak"
rating by an audit commission report whereas Hounslow was rated
will be giving residents the chance give their preferred budget
option with a postcard and telephone survey and online
via their web site.
in the consultation on-line for Hounslow
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Council tax rates
rises for both Ealing and Hounslow Boroughs (2002)
Chiswick pay the highest tax in London?