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Bromley council tax rise blamed on reduced government funding

PUBLISHED: 11:01 01 March 2013 | UPDATED: 11:01 01 March 2013

Stephen Carr

Stephen Carr

Archant

The cost of council tax will rise by 1.9 per cent for Bromley residents in the coming financial year.

Councillors made the decision as they agreed their budget for 2013/14 on Wednesday evening, blaming reductions in government funding.

Bromley becomes one of just five boroughs across the capital to raise their council tax, joined by Croydon, Lewisham, Harrow and Kingston.

The rise means an added £15 per year for band D council tax payers, or 29p each week. However, despite the increase Bromley still boasts the lowest council tax in outer London.

Council leader, Stephen Carr, said: “Listening to residents’s priorities has been enormously important to us as we continue to do everything in our power to minimise the impact of huge reductions in government grant funding.

“This approach will regrettably see a small increase but it will allow us to meet our residents’s aspirations and priorities.

“We maintain our reputation for sound financial management and let the facts speak for themselves.”

Government funding for Bromley is the second lowest in the capital, with contributions at £264 per person compared to £964 in the highest funded borough.

What do you think of the rise in council tax? Let us know in the comments section below, or email joshua.fowler@archant.co.uk.

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