Simon Hogg, Wandsworth Labour leader, says: “Wandsworth Labour will freeze your Council Tax this year – and next year. We’ll raise 2% on the social care precept to make sure older people get the care they need.
“Labour will keep Council Tax low – because it’s not right to ask struggling people to pay more. We’ll open up the books, cancel wasteful contracts and cut councillors’ expenses. And we’ll work with neighbourhoods to protect high streets, provide the homes our communities want, and stop Wandsworth becoming a playground for developers.”
“Overall, Council Tax only raises 5% of Wandsworth Council’s annual budget. Labour will improve services by listening to local people and making better use of the council’s resources.”
This month, Labour councillors voted to freeze Council Tax – and increase funding for social care by applying a two per cent precept to bills.
This means on average an extra charge of £8.40 a year. This still leaves Wandsworth’s average Council Tax bills as the lowest in the country. Wandsworth’s share of a Band D bill will be an average of £428.42.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, will charge £294.23 this year meaning the total average Band D bill in Wandsworth from April onwards will be £722.65.
In the neighbouring boroughs of Kingston Band D bills in 2018/19 are likely to be around around £1,771 and in Richmond around £1,707 compared to Wandsworth Labour’s proposed charge of £723.