Council Tax to rise in Brent by 3.99 per cent

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Town hall bosses have voted to raise Council Tax by 3.99 per cent from April.

The decision, which comes after weeks of consultation, was made at last night’s Full Council meeting.

The increase comes after George Osborne, the Chancellor, urged local authorities to raise the bill to cover the cost of adult social care services from existing budgets.

The increase will mean ‘Band D’ households in Brent will pay an extra 45p per week.

Council Tax in the borough has been frozen for the last six year.

Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of Brent Council, said: “Councils across the country, including Brent, have made significant savings over recent years and we are now in a situation where councils are no longer properly funded to provide services like caring for our vulnerable and older residents.

“This means that, as well delivering savings, some 86 per cent of councils across the UK are now having to raise bills to help bridge the funding gap.”

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However Cllr John Warren, leader of Brent Conservatives said he would reduce Council Tax by 2.5pc if he was in charge by implementing a “fully costed alternative budget”.

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