No Council Tax increase for fifth year running

26 February 2013 in Council and democracy and Mayor
Newham residents are not being asked for a penny more in Council Tax for the fifth year running.
In budget plans approved by a full council meeting last night (25 February), the zero per cent increase will mean properties in Band D continuing to pay £945.63 in 2013/14 to cover the Newham element of Council Tax - the same level since 2008/9.
Newham continues to have the lowest Council Tax in Outer London.
Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales said: "We are delivering services residents say are important to them and offer them real benefit. Even though we have to tighten our belts and make tough decisions about public spending, we are not asking any more from people in terms of Council Tax in April.
"Other councils have already indicated that they will put up their Council Tax but I remain committed to helping residents and businesses through this tough economic climate. This council will continue to save money through greater efficiency, maximising income and withdrawing services that no longer serve customer needs while defending and enhancing services local people need."
The full council agreed to continue to provide free school meals in Newham primary schools and extend the Every Child a Musician programme to include 10,000 Year 7 pupils across the borough.
It also endorsed the Mayor’s budget proposal to create a Life Changing Fund that is intended to offer help to people who aspire to turn their lives around.​