Camden Green Party call for referendum on council tax hike of £1 a week

14:00 07 February 2014

Green councillor Maya de Souza and the Camden Green Party want a referendum on raising council tax

Green councillor Maya de Souza and the Camden Green Party want a referendum on raising council tax


Camden’s Green Party has called for a referendum to be held on increasing council tax – saying a rise of £1 a week could help fund vital council services.

Green councillor Maya de Souza and her party are calling for a vote on whether Camden Council should increase council tax by 4.5 per cent to prevent cuts to frontline services such as libraries, community projects and nurseries.

The Labour local authority has recently committed to freezing council tax for the fourth year in a row in line with the majority of London boroughs.

Ahead of the council publishing its budget next week, the Camden Green Party is trying to rally support from other political parties on the council for a referendum on increasing council tax, which it says would raise £3million.

Conservative councillor Don Williams, chairman of the resources and corporate performance scrutiny committee, has agreed to put the referendum proposal on the committee’s agenda but told the Ham&High it is not something he supports.

The Green’s proposal is almost identical to one put forward by Brighton’s Green Party earlier this month.

Cabinet member for finance, Labour councillor Theo Blackwell, said four years of freezing council tax has saved households at least £114 a year.

He said of the proposed referendum: “Council tax hits lower and middle-earners harder, so the proposal is regressive.”

Cllr Keith Moffitt, leader of the Camden Liberal Democrats, said the Greens need to find out what government grants are available if a local authority freezes council tax before asking for a referendum. He highlighted that many families already struggle to pay their council tax bills.


Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Camden and Haringey are offering support and homes to vulnerable unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from the “Jungle” camp

The prolific broadcaster said people with stammers must not feel alone – and he gets as nervous as anyone when speaking in public.

Organisers behind a Highgate community centre have come out in favour of a major development on the site, in spite of vocal opposition from some residents

Yesterday, 17:39

I ride a bicycle. I also walk, take the bus, occasionally drive, ride a motorcycle, or use the Tube

Yesterday, 15:00

Up to 100 free superfast Wi-Fi terminals could be coming to Camden in a London first as BT looks to revolutionise its phone boxes.

Yesterday, 12:00

Hampstead Theatre chiefs have paid tribute to a director of “huge skill” following his death at the age of 71.

Yesterday, 11:01

The organiser of Belsize Christmas lights has issued a last-ditch appeal for funds to cover the final costs for this year’s decorations.

Yesterday, 09:00

The number of council properties sold in Camden and Haringey in the last year has been revealed.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news


Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


Cosmetics, toiletries, vitamins and more. Boots is the number one choice when it comes to purchasing daily essentials.

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now