Council tax up less than 2.5% – £7m more for care services

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. .


About Andrew Brown

I live in Lewisham, South East London, and spent 9 years as a Labour councillor in the borough between 1997 and 2006.
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4 Responses to Council tax up less than 2.5% – £7m more for care services

  1. Ross says:

    any idea where the extra £7m came from?

    i know there’s been cuts to things like the SAGE project, vulnerable children projects, increased contributions/charges for after school clubs and children’s holiday club fees, and also slashing skills courses for job seekers, but i doubt they all add up to £7m

  2. ross says:

    interesting to see also that in the same session bullock’s love in with the new labour local govt network was brought to an end, with the withdrawal of lewisham from said network

  3. Andrew Brown says:

    I’m sure that Steve feels the same level of affinity with the NLGN as ever, he’s a board member after all.

  4. ross says:

    i’d have thought he would have to carry out that role in a personal capacity now though, given that the council as a whole have decided they no longer wish to be a part of, or contribute council tax payers money to, a new labour think tank which campaigns for more private sector involvement in public services

    (it’s interesting to note that some of NLGN’s major backers – Jarvis, Sodexho, Accenture, Aerco, Amec, etc.. have all won substantial private supplier contracts with the NHS since the formation of NLGN – nice to see lewisham council tax payers money going towards funding the facilitation of such things)

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