H&F agrees council tax cut

Hammersmith & Fulham has agreed to cut council tax by 3%, the sixth year out of seven it has reduced the charge to residents.

The agreement means council tax in H&F will be 17% lower than seven years ago, and will be the third lowest council tax in Britain.

Cllr Nicholas Botterill, H&F Council Leader, said: “A radical revolution has seen the council transformed from a cumbersome and bureaucratic place into a lean and dynamic organisation. From a lower cost base, we are now able to respond rapidly to the needs of our customers – just like the best companies in the private sector do.”

“Other public bodies wanting to follow our lead need to know the top three factors to improving front-line services while delivering savings are to strip out duplicated layers of management, reduce debt repayments to the banks and drive down accommodation costs and overhead.”

In 2013/14  the council is planning to save £22million in total, of which just over £5m is a result of sharing services with Westminster City Council (WCC) and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC). Just over £2m is being saved in debt repayments.

Senior management posts have been significantly reduced as a result of sharing children’s, adults and library services with WCC and RBKC. H&F and RBKC also share environmental services and a chief executive. The three councils are on course to save £40million a year by 2015/16.

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