This year the Gazette put our announcement on their front page (click to enlarge), which is very nice. Last year it was relegated to an inside page. The move was a lot rarer last year than this so was certainly more newsworthy then. We should be grateful I guess that we got the front page this year.
The council tax record for the new Conservative administration is now clear: two rises of 1.9%, below inflation, two years of freeze to match Boris’ GLA precept. A cumulative rise of 3.8% over four years.
Conservative record 2006-2010
- 2007/8 1.9%
- 2008/9 1.9%
- 2009/0 0.0%
- 2010/1 0.0%
Of course the Tory record compares very well with Labour’s last four years in power.
Labour record 2002-2006
- 2003/4 25.1%
- 2004/5 6.8%
- 2005/6 4.8%
- 2006/7 2.5%
This is a cumulative rise of 43.5%. One of our three main priorities has been value for money – this shows we have delivered. A key Conservative campaign pledge at the national level is to ensure a two year council tax freeze for the next two years as well. Voting Conservative really does save you money.
This move was formally decided at our council meeting last Tuesday. The budget paper is here. Uniquely the vote for the budget was unanimous which is quite unusual. Last year Labour voted with us on the budget but this year even the free-spending LibDems voted for the freeze. Don’t forget that the two most expensive councils in London are LibDem controlled Richmond and Kingston. Repenting sinners and all.