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Greens consult residents on a 10% council tax rise

10 February, 2017

Cllr Caroline Russell said: ‘Our idea would involve just under £1 more a week for someone in an average band B and D home compared to Labour’s proposals’

THE Greens are asking whether residents would support an additional 5 per cent increase in council tax – on top of the 5 per cent increase the Town Hall is planning in April.

The Green Party, who with one councillor are the sole opposition on Islington Council, are asking residents whether the party should push for a council tax referendum at a full council meeting on the budget on February 23.

The Labour administra­tion is proposing a 1.99 per cent increase in council tax as well as a 3 per cent precept to fund social care. This is the maximum it can raise council tax by without holding a referendum.

Cllr Caroline Russell said: “Our idea would involve just under £1 more a week for someone in an average band B and D home compared to Labour’s proposals. That would provide vital fund­ing to stop the Labour budget cuts to essential children’s services, adult social care and services for people with learning disabilities.”

The proposal is likely be voted down by Labour councillors, whose view is that the government needs to find a national solution to the funding crisis in social care rather than expecting Islington council tax payers to foot the bill.

To respond to the con­sultation visit the Islington Greens’ webpage here.

 

 

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