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Council tax rises can’t keep level with inflation’

PUBLISHED: 15:39 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:02 25 August 2010

THE Leader of the council has admitted it will be difficult to keep council tax rises in line with inflation.

THE Leader of the council has admitted it will be difficult to keep council tax rises in line with inflation.

Leader of Bexley council, Teresa O'Neill wrote to the Minister for Local Government John Healey last month complaining about the amount councils were getting from the government.

Bexley is set to receive a grant increase at 1.75 per cent which is below the current rate of inflation which stands at 4.1 per cent.

Ms O'Neill wrote: "We are committed to making further savings to keep our council tax increases to a minimum, but the increase in government grant falls far short of price rises in the wider economy, not to mention the ever-increasing demand for social services (particularly on learning disability and children's services), the huge increase in energy costs and government-driven increases in the cost of refuse collection and disposal."

Bexley cabinet will recommend their rise at a meeting on February 23 and the full council will approve or reject this on March 4.

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