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Council tax agreed

PUBLISHED: 13:03 25 February 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 25 August 2010

COUNCIL tax will increase by one per cent this year to meet the cost of free travel for the elderly. Bexley council recommended the increase for householders in the borough, blaming the loss of £1 million in government funding for the London Freedom Pass

COUNCIL tax will increase by one per cent this year to meet the cost of free travel for the elderly.

Bexley council recommended the increase for householders in the borough, blaming the loss of £1 million in government funding for the London Freedom Pass.

The cabinet announced the increase on Monday and claimed there would have been a freeze this year had it not been for the loss of funding.

Leader of the council, Teresa O'Neill said: "Putting a budget together in this very difficult financial climate has not been easy.

"We regret having to increase Bexley's council tax, but we were left with no choice as the government moved the goalposts on the funding of the Freedom Pass, meaning the extra cost had to be passed onto residents."

The recommendation, subject for approval at the full council meeting on March 3, includes a pledge of £1 million in children's service following the review by Lord Laming following the death of Baby Peter Connelly in 2007.

Priorities identified in the budget include the investment in town centres, new leisure facilities, more housing choice and increasing services for people with disabilities.


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