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Council tax set to rise

Council tax is rising for the first time in six years following a decision at this month’s Full Council Meeting (3 March).

Like councils up and down the country this year Waltham Forest Council made the difficult decision to increase council tax.

While the increase in the portion of council tax that the Council receives will go up by 3.99% the overall increase to your bill will be 1.86%. This is because the portion that the GLA receives has been lowered as they no longer have to pay as much towards London 2012 Games. For an average household living in a Band D property this will mean an extra 52 pence per week.

Leader of Waltham Forest Council, Chris Robbins, said: “Following a six year council tax freeze we always knew that this day would come, and Government has created the conditions to encourage a rise by scrapping the council tax freeze grant and proposing a 2% council tax rise to help pay for the growing adults social care bill.

“Since 2010 we have saved almost £100million and felt that to change or reduce the services that you have told us matter most to you and your family anymore would put them under too much strain, and that is why we have decided to increase council tax.

“However because we have managed your money carefully we can also make some investments now to save money in the future, this will ensure that we are well prepared for 2020 when Government plans to make councils self-funded.“

The Council will continue to shape and develop services based on the priorities that residents helped to set in 2015. They have already helped to develop the new Neighbourhoods Service and Private Landlord Licensing Scheme, and focus investments into shop fronts, leisure facilities and parks.

In addition the year ahead is set to be an exciting one for the borough with the opening of the new Lea Bridge Station and Waltham Forest Leisure Centre, which is set to be one of the biggest and best sports facilities in London.

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