Your council tax is about to rise, find out why and by how much here
PUBLISHED: 09:43 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 09:43 07 March 2017
Councillors agreed the annual budget last night
Residents are set for a 3.99 per cent hike in their council tax as the council announced plans to spend £340million on local services.
Last night Bexley councillors met to discuss the budget for the coming year, and decided to give the green light to the hike, which will arrive in April.
Residents in the average Band D property are likely to see their council tax bill rise by £51.76 a year.
The rise comes as local authorities prepare for a massive cut in government investment.
By 2020 the government expects all councils to become self-sufficient.
Two per cent of the precept will be used for covering the growing cost of adult social care.
The hike is expected to cover the cost of the National Living Wage, which adds £1.4million to the budget, as well as £600,000 to meet the growing demands for services.
The council claims it will spend more than £340million on services around the borough in the coming year, including £103million on long-term investment to improve Bexley’s environment, transport, leisure facilities, plus housing and development.
It also approved plans for £800,000 of extra spending, more than a quarter of which will go toward the cleaning of residential roads every three weeks.
In a bid to cut down on violence and other problems in the community, £135,000 has been earmarked for new staff to begin working on tackling the issues.
But Labour councillors have branded the budget as “disgraceful”, with most of the one-off investments set to end around the time of local elections next year.
Alan Deadman, Labour group leader said: “It is disgraceful that the majority party but new trees above social care, while we all want environmental improvements, the care of our most vulnerable and needy must come first.”
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