Hounslow to cut tax again

Hounslow Council has said that intends to cut the rate of council tax by a further half a per cent in its budget for 2014/15.

They say the cut proposal is one of the very few to be announced by any council in the country. It comes a year after an initial cut of half a per cent and a six-year freeze in council tax.

Cllr Sharma said: “We are committing to cut council tax for the second time, meaning a reduction of one per cent over the past two years.

“During this administration, we have managed to save some £60 million from the council’s budget.”

Councillor Sharma added that despite the delivery of the pledges and good financial performance, the overall financial position would continue to be extremely difficult.

He said: “The scale of the further cuts we are facing in the years to come presents a major challenge. This will mean the toughest decisions about services and priorities that we have faced.

“Next year alone, the cut in our funding is £7.6m. As a result, there is now less money to invest in services than we anticipated.

“We currently expect to have to find at least a further £12m in savings for each of the following two years, which will be made even more difficult by pressures such as needing to provide additional primary school places for local children in the face of further government grant cuts.”

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