— Julian Bell (@juliangbell) April 6, 2013
Cllr Bell tells us that he has been out leafleting in his ward this morning. Shame he isnâ€™t telling the whole story. His leaflet tells people that â€œYour council tax will be frozen for two yearsâ€ and â€œLabour is saving the average family Â£108 by freezing council taxâ€.
Conservatives in Ealing welcome the continuing council tax freeze in Ealing. We started it two years before Bell came along and when we did it there was no council tax freeze grant from Gordon Brown to pay for it. Since Bell has repented of Labourâ€™s previous council tax gouging ways the council has received Â£18 million in council tax freeze grants from the â€œTory-led Coalitionâ€ as he likes to call it. Bellâ€™s leaflet fails to mention that everyoneâ€™s bill has actually gone down two years running thanks to small cuts in the GLA Precept â€“ Boris Johnson has promised to cut his share of the bill by 10%.
In the twelve years Labour ran Ealing from 1994 to 2006 it increased Council Tax by a staggering 179% â€“ 48% in its last four years from 2002 to 2006.
We should all be grateful that Bell and the Ealing Labour group have joined the Conservative-led consensus that council tax had become unaffordable and unjust under the previous Labour government.