Council leader, Jason Stacey, used tonight’s council meeting to announce that the Ealing portion of next year’s council tax would rise by only 1.9%, below even CPI, see previous posting. This is the second year in a row that the council tax in Ealing has risen by this tiny amount.
In a press release issued tonight Cllr Stacey said:
Last year when we announced a 1.9% increase in Council tax, it was the lowest increase for 13 years and I am pleased to say we can again deliver what is in real terms a Council tax cut. Residents were well and truly stuffed by the last Labour administration on Council tax, and in uncertain economic times I know that people are pleased to see some relief.
It is important to emphasise that we have managed to deliver Council tax relief whilst enhancing services as part of our commitment to value for money. Instead of spending money on Labour’s wasteful £50M Response Programme, we have been able to invest in cleaner streets, and community safety measures as well as protecting the vulnerable. We will continue to listen to residents and ensure that hard earned residents’ Council Tax is spent wisely and in the areas that people want.