The Evening Standard today reports that the combined effect of the Safer Neighbourhoods police teams and the Olympics will add £40 to the average London council tax bill next year.
Both of these initiatives are welcome but the 15.5% increase in the precept will take my contribution up to £490 next year. In the last year of the London Residuary Body that preceded the Greater London Authority, 1999/2000, my share of the precept was £175. This represents a 2.8 times increase in seven years.
Since he bacame mayor Livingstone has increased his charge by 2.8 times. I am not sure he has increased police numbers and certainly police effectiveness by 2.8 times.