Wandsworth sets council tax which is half its Kingston neighbour – but rises by an average £45

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Wandsworth sets council tax which is half its Kingston neighbour – but rises by an average £45

Postby Community Editor » Fri Mar 05, 2021 12:11 pm

Wandsworth council has agreed budget plans that will see residents’ tax bills rise by an average of £45 this year.But it will still remain one of the lowest council tax bills in the country, at just £845.44 a year for a Band D property.

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This compares to £1,958.66 for a Band D property in neighbouring Richmond and a whopping £2,056.80 for the same in Kingston.

At a meeting of Wandsworth full council on Wednesday night (3 March) the budget for 2021/22 was passed nearly unanimously with only one abstention.

The council decided to freeze its share of the general council tax, and only increased the Social Care Precept by 3 per cent.

The GLA precept, which is set by the Mayor of London, increased by 9.51 per cent this year.

The Conservative administration brought forward a motion to call upon the Mayor to reverse his decision to increase his portion of this year’s council tax charges, arguing it was unfair and a sign of poor financial management in the Mayor’s office and under a Labour administration.

Cllr Louise Calland, presenting the motion, said: “The last twelve months have been incredibly difficult for everyone and we know from speaking to people right across the borough that many residents are struggling financially, with lockdown having a devastating impact on people’s livelihoods.

“Years of responsible decision making has meant we are in a position to help residents during these uncertain times.”

The Labour opposition agreed that council tax should be kept low but argued the Mayor’s increase in council tax was needed to increase policing and fire safety cut by austerity measures, as well as to fund travel and other services impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

They argued that the Mayor had few other options, and Wandsworth Council itself was facing a shortfall of £9m from the Government and was currently bridging it with its large reserves.

The motion passed, with councillors voting along party lines.
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Re: Wandsworth sets council tax which is half its Kingston neighbour – but rises by an average £45

Postby Carol2R » Mon Mar 08, 2021 9:01 am

I do wonder if the Council's obsession with keeping council tax low is the most appropriate priority.  What services is it cutting to do this?  Is the Council paying its own workers (including care workers and those doing Council work through outsourced companies) at least the London living wage?  
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Postby TheCommonGood » Mon Mar 08, 2021 10:12 am

I completely agree Carol. They are always boasting about having terribly low council tax - wouldn’t it be better to be able to boast about clean streets and great local provision for children or elderly people?
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