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Camden plans council tax increase to 'protect frontline services'

PUBLISHED: 12:00 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:43 11 January 2013

Camden plan to increase council tax by two per cent this year

Camden plan to increase council tax by two per cent this year

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Council tax in Camden could go up in April despite government incentives to freeze it.

Camden Council is currently planning next year’s budget based on a council tax rise of two per cent from April, which would net the council an extra £1.6million.

But the government is offering the council £1million to freeze the tax.

Camden Council’s ruling Labour group will consider the proposed increase at a meeting on January 28, ahead of the decision in February.

Cllr Theo Blackwell, cabinet member for finance, said: “Local government cannot carry on freezing council tax and protecting frontline services. That £1.6million a year is what we have cut from the library budget.

He added: “The government incentive is a gimmick. It would only be for two years and then we would be in a worse position.”

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