With living costs rising and the price hikes recently announced by the energy companies, Labour councillors want to support residents. Labour has frozen your council tax levels since 2008 – which means a 6 year freeze. Neighbouring Tory-run councils Wandsworth and Croydon have both hit residents with council tax hikes in recent years.
When the Tories and Lib Dems ran Lambeth between 2002 and 2006 they hiked council tax by 40% in just four years despite getting extra funding from the then Labour government. Labour in Lambeth has worked hard to cope with the 50% cut in funding from the Tories and Lib Dems in government since 2010 and is committed to providing a fair deal for residents.
Labour councillors for Gipsy Hill: Matthew Bennett, Jenny Brathwaite & Niranjan Francis said:
“Since 2010 the Tories and Lib Dems have cut £239 in government funding for every resident in Lambeth compared to just a £136 cut in Wandsworth and a mere £39 cut in leafy Richmond. Despite Lambeth being hit hard, Labour has sensibly managed the council’s finances to protect local services and avoid putting council tax up at a time when incomes are squeezed by rising prices and bills.
“A six year council tax freeze is unprecedented in Lambeth – and it’s not that long since local Tories forced through a 40% council tax hike in just 4 years when they ran the council with the Lib Dems.”