Bexley Council’s Cabinet has recommended the borough’s lowest Council Tax increase for 13 years.
This evening’s Cabinet meeting approved a budget for 2007/08 that will see a Council Tax increase of 3%. The increase, which runs below the current inflation rate of 4.2%, is expected to be endorsed by the full Council meeting on Wednesday 7 March.
“This is a value for money budget that will deliver the lowest possible Council Tax rise for Bexley residents,” said Cllr Ian Clement, the Leader of the Council. “Getting the Council’s spending back to a level we are happy with has not been easy, especially because we inherited spending plans that would have led to a 10% Council Tax increase.”
“Since last May we have listened to the residents of Bexley and delivered by setting the lowest possible Council Tax. But it is still important to us to maintain the quality of our local services,” he added.
“We were determined to get the budget under control and now have a firm foundation on which we can plan for the future.”
The budget approved by the Cabinet includes improvements to the way in which services are delivered, as well as some £6 million of savings, which are linked to changes in the way the Council works.
“Our plans are all about listening to residents and taking effective action to improve the things they care about most,” explains Cllr Clement. “Key to this will be a new emphasis on local neighbourhoods, which will see Ward councillors, the Council and our partners working to improve the quality of life of local communities right across the borough.”
The bills the Council sends to local taxpayers will also include the Council Tax Bexley is required to collect on behalf of the Greater London Authority. The GLA has approved a Council Tax increase of 5.3%, which will result in an overall increase for Bexley households of 3.5%.