Sir Steve has set out his thinking on the council’s budget for this year:
When I was re-elected in 2006 I promised you that I would hold increases in the council tax to 2.5% each year. I have again been able to keep that pledge this year and last week the Council accepted my budget proposal. Once the GLA precept is taken into account bills will go up by only 2.37%.
In the face of one of the most difficult budgets of recent years we have been able to able to maintain the Council’s high quality 4 star services as well as spend £7m more on in caring for the most vulnerable people in our community, the elderly and those with disabilities. .