Good to see some straightforward communication from Ealing Council. This graphic makes it clear that the Ealing council tax freeze started back in 2009 when the Conservatives were running the show. We froze council tax in 2009 and 2010.
Since then the Labour council has frozen it for four years. Great. This is really good. Council tax is typically peopleâ€™s 2nd largest bill after their rent or their mortgage. For the last four years the council tax freeze has been paid for by Â£20 million of council tax freeze grant from the â€œTory-led Coalitionâ€. Yes! Good leadership! Shame that the council only makes passing mention this grant its press release. When the Conservatives were freezing there was no council tax freeze grant, but that is another story.
Ealing Labour is promising to freeze the council tax again in 2015/16 if it gets back into power again. Good again. The Ealing Labour group doesnâ€™t mention the additional Â£5 million of council tax freeze grant that makes that possible.
After 2015/16 Labour are silent. After 2015/16 the government runs out, as does the grant (the “Tory-led Coalition” will have given the council Â£25.2 million in council tax freeze grant by then).
Ealing Conservatives say that council tax should be frozen for the full four years of the next council.
Labour says it reserves the right to hike the council tax as it pleases as soon as the council tax freeze grant runs out.
It is worth remembering that Labour hiked council tax by 47% in 2002-2006. In 2003 they hiked it by 26% in one year. You canâ€™t trust Labour with money.