H&F sets zero CT rise

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is set to announce another freeze in council tax – making it the only council in London to have cut and then frozen council tax over the last four years.

The council will formally decide on 21 February 2018 at a full council meeting to freeze its share of council tax bills for 2018/19. It will also freeze parking charges for a fourth year in a row.

“We’re reforming every aspect of the way our council operates, to modernise and improve services and put money back into our residents’ pockets,” said Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of H&F Council.

“That’s how we’ve been able to freeze council tax bills while also funding more local police officers than ever before; abolishing charges for adult social care in 2014; and reducing the majority of council charges in real terms.

“Government funding cuts put unprecedented pressure on local services, particularly on care for elderly and disabled residents,” said Cllr Cowan. “But it is exactly those people who are hit hardest by council tax rises.”

The council partly credits its ability to freeze council tax down to securing £310million from developers, as well as closing down council magazines and other publicity, and
cutting senior management posts and restructuring the council.

The freeze means H&F bills are likely to remain the third lowest in the country.

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