Councils agree CT rises

Ealing and Hounslow Councils have agreed council tax rises.

Ealing Council’s bills will increase by 2% – as it passes on the government’s 2% social care levy to residents.

Council leader, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “We’ve continued to freeze council tax for as long as possible because we understand the financial pressures our residents face, especially the lowest paid.

“Over the past eight years this has meant council tax payers have benefited on average from a cumulative cash saving of £1,040*.”

Meanwhile Hounslow Council has agreed a 3.99 per cent rise, which includes the 2% social care precept.

Cllr Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “Our ability to provide excellent local services is under more pressure than ever.

“Money received from central Government has fallen by £22.8 million in the last two years, but there is increasing demand for council services, particularly for children and older people.

“We face some hard decisions in order to reduce our spending by £45.8m over the next two years, and services for local people have already been affected. More changes will be necessary, but we are determined to minimise the impact on local services and local residents as much as possible.”

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