I have had a couple of weeks off from the blog in the run up to Christmas. There are five days left of the year and in the spirit of Christmas I want to highlight five things that the Labour council has done right this year.
First off the council announced at its last meeting that council tax would be frozen for the fourth consecutive year. This is a welcome respite for residents from rising prices and stalled incomes.
This is also a good Conservative policy.
Since Boris Johnson became London Mayor in 2008 he too has frozen his share of the council tax called the precept. Just before Christmas Boris Johnson announced his fourth successive precept freeze. The precept trebled under Livingstone. The average rise was 13% per year. Who can forget 2003’s 29% rise?
Under the old Labour council there was a similar picture that was only broken with the arrival of the Tories in 2006. Again 2003 was a memorable year with a 25% rise.
It seems that the new Labour council is willing to accept the grants from the “Tory-led coalition” to keep council tax frozen. I hope that Ealing Labour’s new leaf stays turned over for a few years yet.