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Bonkers Blog March 2016

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31 March (Part 2) - Bexley’s Council Tax. Nothing to be proud of

The Council Tax League Table has been updated a little earlier than usual this year, a number of Councils are rather slow to update their websites and keep the past year’s figures on line until well into April. Because of that the 2016/17 figures from a few boroughs are taken from estate agents’ websites and will have to be checked eventually.

The nine worst performing councils are the same this year as they were last and headed once again by Bexley. The Conservative Council may claim to be a low taxing authority but it is a myth, albeit one that serves them well at elections.

Higher up the list there have been some changes because whilst most councils have gone for the 3·99% maximum permitted increase a few have managed to freeze or even reduce the rate.

Newham has pulled a fast one by raising its tax by the amount of the reduction in the GLA precept and claiming they have frozen the tax rate for a record number of years.

Bromley has dropped a position, so has Greenwich.

 

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