This is the third year that the tax will have fallen in Hammersmith. H&F Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh, said: “We are responding to a time of great financial uncertainty for many hardworking families. Our approach in freezing member allowances and directors' pay is symbolic of our value for money ethos which runs throughout the council.”
Official figures from the Office of National Statistics prove a 26 per cent rise in the number of H&F residents claiming job seekers allowance. The number of claimants has jumped from 3,231 in June 2008 to 4,040 in January 2009.
Last year H&F received the highest rating of four stars from the Audit Commission for the quality of its services while resident satisfaction has increased nine per cent in the last year to one of the highest levels in London.
Ealing and Hillingdon Councils have both frozen Council Tax.