Magazine article Public Finance

Council Tax Rises in London Are below National Average

Magazine article Public Finance

Council Tax Rises in London Are below National Average

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London local authorities have set average Band D council tax increases below the national 4% rise, although six councils are risking the wrath of government with increases at or above the 5% threshold.

A survey from the Association of London Government indicates an average Band D increase of around 3.8%, despite a 5.5% precept from the Greater London Authority.

Harrow has set the lowest increase in London at 0.7% or 1.6%, including the GLA precept. This compares with a rise of 4.1% in 2004/05. However, its Band D council tax still stands at £1,295. 'It will mean no cuts in services and an additional investment of EIOm in the borough,' said Labour leader Navin Shah. 'For the Band D council tax payer it means an additional 15p per week.'

Croydon and Kingston councils have set the highest tax increases at 5. …

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