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Bonkers Blog February 2015

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24 February (Part 2) - Council tax. Bexley council’s take on it

Bexley council has issued its own report on what was proposed at last night’s cabinet meeting.

ReleaseIt is not a report on what was said last night, but perhaps what they would have liked to have said.

There has been no clamour for tax rises as implied by “more people have told us that they would prefer to see a Council Tax increase than further spending reductions” and there have in any case been plenty of those.

Cabinet member Gareth Bacon made no reference to any reduction to the number of councillors, that is just spin to persuade voters that councillors are ready to share the pain. It will save about £300,000 a year from 2018 if it ever comes to pass. It has still not happened in Bromley even though they started down that path more than five years ago.

The council’s Press Office is doing a fine job of polishing the proverbial. Watch the local press fall for it hook line and sinker.

For those interested in Gareth Bacon’s address to cabinet here it is in full.


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