For those of you who have forgotten quite how expensive it was living under Ken Livingstone’s first, two term GLA administration I thought it was worth pulling out some old charts from eight years ago.
Back then I did a quick review of my bills for the last ten years to see how fast the Labour Mayor’s charge had risen in that time.
In 2008/9 it was 196% higher than it was the last year there were separate charges for the Police and Fire Brigade before the GLA came into being. In other words it took only 9 short years to triple the precept. Anyone paying a bill in 2003 will not have forgotten the 29% rise in the precept that year.
The figures in red in the table above are those for the year of a mayoral election. The 2000/1 figure was not the Mayor’s fault to be fair. This was proposed by civil servants. Clearly the Mayor was inspired by their boldness and managed to double the precept in four years in the early noughties. But in order to bolster his chances of being elected for a second time he proposed the lowest rise in five years in 2004/5. He even went a notch lower the next year to help protect London Labour MPs in the 2005 general election. But the next year the Mayor reverted to early noughties form and hit us with a 13.3% rise. Livingstone’s last rise of 2.4% was not enough to save himself from the righteous wrath of Londoners after 8 years of take and take.