Leader of Merton Council Councillor Stephen Alambritis will push for third year council tax freeze

Wimbledon Guardian: Councillor Stephen Alambritis will push for third year council tax freeze Councillor Stephen Alambritis will push for third year council tax freeze

The leader of Merton Council has said he will be pushing for council tax to be frozen for a third year.

Responding to news the government would be supporting local authorities with a £450m subsidy package to encourage them to freeze council tax for a third year Councillor Stephen Alambritis said he had a "penchant" to freeze council tax but would be considering the options carefully.

He said: "Knowing the current state of finance for our residents we will look closely at continuing with the freeze for our residents - that will be after consultation with councillors and residents."

Councillor Suzanne Grocott, Conservative finance spokesman, said: "This council tax freeze would save the average family up to £72, and that is on top of the £148 already saved over the last two years, so I very much hope that Labour will put politics aside and embrace the Government’s offer." 

Nothing will be decided until the budget is approved in December.

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2:19pm Sat 13 Oct 12

tjames says...

not good enough--housing has gone and £1000000 for pub=reduction not standing still--and no increase in other charges. Mayoral precept went down last time and probably will in 2013--CT in Merton to go down not remain at same level--i would suggest £100 off band D
not good enough--housing has gone and £1000000 for pub=reduction not standing still--and no increase in other charges. Mayoral precept went down last time and probably will in 2013--CT in Merton to go down not remain at same level--i would suggest £100 off band D tjames
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8:33pm Sat 13 Oct 12

GR-London says...

Council Tax has been way too high for far too long.

At least a 40% reduction would be more in order.
Council Tax has been way too high for far too long. At least a 40% reduction would be more in order. GR-London
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