GLA Conservatives Announce 0% Precept Increase Proposals

Conservatives on the London Assembly will today [30th January 2007] announce their alternative to Mayor Ken Livingstone’s budget during Mayor’s Question Time at City Hall. Their alternative budget would see the overall levy on London’s Council Tax payers by the Greater London Authority remaining at 2006/07 levels throughout the coming financial year.

Whilst completely protecting funding for the Metropolitan Police Authority and London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority to ensure that all existing commitments are met, Conservative proposals also provide funding within their budget for an additional 600 British Transport Police officers for London and the introduction of CCTV across the overland rail network.

Presenting their alternative budget, Andrew Pelling said:

“It is disappointing that the Mayor has seen fit yet again to increase his share of Council Tax well above the rate of inflation, when it is clear from our proposals that such an increase is not required to deliver increased police numbers or safeguard resilience funding.

By controlling staffing numbers at City Hall, money can be found for improved services without hitting Londoners hard in the pocket for another year running.

Conservative proposals put Londoners, their services and security first.”

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1. The Mayor’s budget proposes an increase of 5.3% with effect from April 2007.

2. The GLA precept added to Council Tax for a Band D home from April 2007 will amount to £303.87.

3. Conservative proposals would mean a 0% increase, with the GLA precept for a Band D home remaining at £289.11.

For further information please contact Stephen Shawcross on 0207 983 4960 or 0776 8538586

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