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Council tax bill could rise by more than £50 a year for Bexley residents

PUBLISHED: 11:57 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:57 21 February 2017

Bexley council states the borough has one of the lowest rates for rough sleepers

Bexley council states the borough has one of the lowest rates for rough sleepers

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The hike could come in as soon as April

Bexley council leader Teresa O NeillBexley council leader Teresa O Neill

Residents could see a sizeable jump in their council tax bills by the spring.

Last night (Monday), cabinet members at Bexley council recommended a 3.99 per cent council tax increase for the coming financial year, during a meeting outlining the council’s budget.

Coupled with the mayor of London’s plans to increase his share of council tax by 1.5 per cent, people in a typical Band D property are likely to see their council tax bill rise by £51.76 a year.

If given the go-ahead at a council meeting next month, the rise could come by April.

Peter CraskePeter Craske

Two per cent of the council’s proposed rise will go toward increasing the cost of providing adult social care.

Elsewhere in the budget, the council has planned an increase in overall spending, which includes an additional £10,000 for planting new trees.

Cabinet members also proposed to waive the fee for digging a grave for all under 18-year-olds.

“We plan to invest £340million to provide local services for residents in the next year,” said council leader Teresa O’Neill.

Most of the money will go on day-to-day services, but around £103million is expected to be pumped into long-term infrastructure.

Added Cllr O’Neill: “Keeping our Council Tax as low as possible remains our aim, but we have to balance this against the need to ensure the borough remains a green, clean and safe place and keep our most vulnerable residents safe.

“We continue to work hard to manage the Council’s money well and are focusing on economic growth to ensure that the borough continues to prosper for the benefit of residents now and in the future.”

Cabinet member for community safety and leisure, Peter Craske said: “The response from residents to our plans for new funds to plant new trees, clean our town centres and put more resources towards keeping our borough safe has been overwhelmingly positive.”

Proposals will now have to be approved at a full meeting of the council on March 1.

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