H&F with lone Council Tax freeze

Hammersmith & Fulham Council say they are likely to be the only council in the country to freeze council tax this year.

They say they are “resisting pressure from Government to raise council tax bills four per cent a year”. This follows a freeze last year and a cut in 2015-16.

“We know how tough times have got for our residents which is why I’m pleased that we’re the most effective council tax-cutting administration in the country,” says H&F Council Leader, Cllr Stephen Cowan.

“We’re also the only council to abolish charges for home care for elderly and disabled people. We have in fact reduced the majority of council charges in real terms. We’ve done all this at a time when the government is telling us to put council tax up four per cent and punitively basing its funding of us on the assumption we’ll increase council tax.”

The council says it has made major reductions to the cost of its senior management team, reduced spending on publicity and magazines, cut waste and renegotiated property deals with developers, providing an extra £194million for local services and genuinely-affordable homes.

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