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Value for money’ council tax rise

PUBLISHED: 17:50 23 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:40 12 August 2010

RESIDENTS are to pay just over two per cent more in council tax in the next financial year. Owners of Band E properties in Bromley will now have to pay the council £1,575.42 from April, up from £1,543.85 this year.

RESIDENTS are to pay just over two per cent more in council tax in the next financial year.

Owners of Band E properties in Bromley will now have to pay the council £1,575.42 from April, up from £1,543.85 this year.

The new tax, confirmed at a full council meeting on Monday, will be payable alongside the Greater London Authority (GLA) precept which was frozen this year. Leader of Bromley council Stephen Carr, said: "This is a budget that represents value for money in the current economic climate, while continuing to reflect what residents have told us matters most to them.

"We have set aside no less than £1m to tackle issues that local people have said are important to them in addition to the usual services we provide.

"But with no end in sight to the financial pressures we face, we cannot be complacent so we have also set aside a significant sum to see us through a year of uncertainty. We'll continue to drive through money saving efficiencies, campaign for a fairer funding settlement and listen to residents as we plan ahead and endeavour to keep council tax as low as possible into the future."

Council tax is made up of two parts, the Bromley share which is spent on providing council services such as bin collections and park maintenance, and a precept collected on behalf of the London Assembly.

The latter goes towards funding the Metropolitan Police Authority, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, Transport for London and the London Development Agency.

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