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MP calls for zero increase in Haringey's council tax

PUBLISHED: 18:04 10 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:35 07 September 2010

MP Lynne Featherstone has demanded a freeze on Haringey s council tax to help residents hit by the credit crunch. She is leading the borough s Lib Dems in the campaign to help hard-pressed residents, but are demanding that it is funded by cutting waste ra

MP Lynne Featherstone has demanded a freeze on Haringey's council tax to help residents hit by the credit crunch.

She is leading the borough's Lib Dems in the campaign to help hard-pressed residents, but are demanding that it is funded by cutting waste rather than front-line services.

They are calling on Council Leader George Meehan to urgently investigate how the Council can deliver financial help to residents and Cllr Robert Gorrie will lead a discussion on the financial crisis at the next Council meeting.

Haringey has the fifth highest Council Tax in London and the average bill has more than doubled within the last ten years.

Ms Featherstone, the MP for Hornsey & Wood Green, said:

"When the banks were in trouble, they got rescued. Millions of families who are finding themselves in trouble must be helped too.

"Haringey Council tax payers have to tighten their belts so it is only right that Haringey Council should do the same."

Cllr Robert Gorrie, Haringey Liberal Democrat leader and Finance spokesperson comments:

" With the credit crunch beginning to effect everyone, it's up to the Council to give local people a break by making sure Council Tax doesn't rise any higher.

"Families struggling to make ends meet should not fund the results of this Labour Council's financial disasters - £37 million lost in Icelandic banks, the failed management of Alexandra Palace or indeed the Council's £2.2 million publicity budget.


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