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Bonkers Blog February 2018

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26 February (Part 4) - Council Tax

3.99%Bexley’s Council Tax, bar the rubber stamp in nine days’ time, is going to go up by 3·99%. Sadiq Khan is going to slightly spoil the party with a 5·1% increase.

At this evening’s Cabinet meeting the Member for Finance repeated yet again the message that Bexley is a low tax Council and they strive to keep taxes low. What always puzzles me is the implication that Bexley does better than other London Councils. The fact is they don’t.

Ten years ago Bexley was 23rd on the list of least expensive boroughs and now it is 24th. Only eight Councils charge more than Bexley. However well the current administration may be doing they do no better than other Councils whether they be Labour or Conservative.

I am beginning to think that in the current political and financial climate, whether you vote blue or red the tax extorted will not vary very much.

If Labour whacked up tax by 40% in four years as they did last time they were in power they would be finished here for all time, and deservedly so. I suspect they know that.


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