December 12 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Monday, September 30, 2013
Council tax will be frozen in Haringey for the fifth year in a row, it has been announced.
Haringey Council leader Claire Kober revealed residents will see no increase in their council tax in 2014/15, despite the authority’s budget being squeezed by cuts at central government level.
Writing for the Broadway, Cllr Kober said the decision had been a “suprisingly easy” one, made in response to the cost of living crisis which has seen many families struggling to make ends meet. It is estimated that - after inflation - wages could be £1,520 lower in 2015 than in 2010.
Freezing council tax will mean households will save an average of £35 on their bill next year, which adds up to a saving of £175 over the five-year period.
Cllr Joe Goldberg, cabinet member for finance and carbon reduction, said: “Haringey is being hit as hard as anywhere by the government’s cuts. We are facing a loss of nearly half our budget – some £144million.
“But our decision to freeze council tax again in Haringey is a result of our ongoing commitment to do what we can to help those local families suffering from the continuing squeeze on households budgets.
“The cost of living has sky-rocketed since the start of the recession in 2008 and now even more Haringey residents than ever before are struggling to make ends meet.
“By committing to a fifth year of frozen council tax, we hope that keeping £175 in the pockets of families and hard working individuals we can go a little way in combatting the financial challenges families are facing. “
Opposition Lib Dem leader Cllr Richard Wilson said he was “pleased” with the decision.
“Residents already pay the fifth highest council tax in London; any increase would have been completely unacceptable,” he said.
“We have been campaigning for a council tax freeze since 2008. Everyone knows that Labour would not have frozen council tax for the last four year without the coalition government grant.”