Leader of Merton Council 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.