Council Confirms Lowest Tax Rise for 13 Years

The meeting of Bexley’s full Council on Wednesday night (7 March) approved the budget recommended by the Council’s Cabinet last week (26 February).

Bexley’s Council Tax will increase by 3% from April – the lowest increase for 13 years.

Taken together with the increase agreed by the Greater London Authority, the overall increase for Bexley residents will be 3.5%.

A booklet giving details of the Council’s budget and its plans for the new financial year, will be sent out with Council Tax bills later this month.

The Council is reminding senior citizens and people on low incomes to check if they are eligible for help with their Council Tax bills. Advice and information on Pension Credit or Council Tax Benefit is available by calling one of the Council’s three welfare rights providers –

Thamesmead Law Centre – 020 8320 5643
Age Concern Bexley – 020 8300 0883
Carers’ Support (Bexley) – 020 8302 8011 / 020 8304 2022

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Neill: 88% of those abusing free travel allowed to reapply

Figures released by the London Assembly Conservatives have revealed that since the introduction of free bus travel for under-16s, Transport for London confiscated 2,393 passes for breach of the Behaviour Code. The detail was provided in a written answer to Roger Evans, Conservative spokesman for tranport, which went on to confirm that in 2,111 cases, the individuals who had the concession withdrawn would be free to reapply. Only 108 concessions had been permanently withdrawn.

Concessions to free travel can be withdrawn permanently by Transport for London for breach of the Behaviour Code. Offences that warrant the permanent withdrawal of the concession include committing a crime, drinking, swearing and smoking on the bus network.

Commenting on the Mayor’s answers, Bob Neill said:

“What’s the point of saying ‘break the law and you’ll lose your privilege’ when, in most cases, those who have committed offences can simply re-apply for the concession? The Mayor is effectively giving the green light to seven out of eight hooligans who break the Behaviour Code to carry on as they please.

With such a carefree attitude to anti-social behaviour, this Mayor is throwing open the bus doors to the gangs of London.”