H&F freezes council tax

LB Hammersmith & Fulham has frozen council tax this year, after agreeing a £27million package of budget savings.

The freeze follows three years of 3% cuts, making the borough’s average council tax bill £812 – the fourth lowest in the country, say the council.

The council has already announced its intention to combine many services with Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster City Council, saving £35m a year across the three councils by 2014-15 – with a 50 per cent reduction in senior management costs. The £27m savings includes a reduction in management and admin posts and a major renegotiation of council contracts.

Councillors at the budget meeting also agreed to sell off a range of buildings to pay down debt. This in itself will save the council £700,000 in debt repayments.
 

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