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Topic: Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for
Posted by: Greg Smith
Date/Time: 13/03/09 19:02:00

Mr Broadbent, you are clearly very entrenched in your political views and wish to attack the Conservative Council with no regard to the facts.

The truth is that we have cut Council Tax by waging war on waste, introducing competition to council services and by cutting the 160 million debt that we inherited from the previous Labour administration.

Examples of how we have saved money include:

- Saving 4 million by reducing our reliance on agency staff.

- Market testing 90 million of council services which will deliver up to 5 million in savings while improving service quality.
- Reducing the historic debt by 20 million, saving council tax payers 1.7 million a year in interest.
- Promoting smarter working, where cutting accommodation costs is saving 1.1 million.
- Cutting communications costs by 300,000 to the lowest levels in London.

Furthermore this is not a "50p" a week cut as you assert. Since Council Tax was introduced in 1993, the previous Labour Council increased Council Tax by an average of 7.7% per year. Had Labour won the election in 2006 and carried on increasing Council Tax at this rate, residents would be over 700 worse off. Therefore, residents are actually 700 better off under the Conservatives, not 50p. Remember, Labour even stood on a manifesto commitment to carry on increasing Council Tax in the 2006 elections.

For full details, I recommend reading the Leader of the Council's budget speech from February, which can be found at: http://hfconservatives.typepad.com/residents_first/2009/02/hf-conservative-council-passes-third-successive-3-council-tax-cut.html

Cllr Greg Smith
Cabinet Member for Crime & Street Scene
Hammersmith & Fulham Council


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TopicDate PostedPosted By
How the cut in Council tax gets paid for05/02/09 12:47:00 Andrew Broadbent
   Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for28/02/09 11:47:00 Ellen Kearney
      Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for04/03/09 12:40:00 Andrew Broadbent
         Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for05/03/09 08:51:00 Ellen Kearney
            Re:Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for05/03/09 12:50:00 Andrew Broadbent
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for06/03/09 15:46:00 Greg Smith
            Re:Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for06/03/09 12:51:00 Andrew Broadbent
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for06/03/09 22:48:00 Richard Jennings
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for09/03/09 13:15:00 Andrew Broadbent
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for10/03/09 08:47:00 Ellen Kearney
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for13/03/09 12:54:00 Andrew Broadbent
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for13/03/09 19:02:00 Greg Smith
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for16/03/09 18:32:00 Karen Cooper
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for20/03/09 12:23:00 Ellen Kearney
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for23/03/09 12:45:00 Andrew Broadbent
                                 How the cut in Council tax gets paid for30/03/09 23:54:00 Stephen Cowan
                                    Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for02/05/09 08:05:00 Ellen Kearney
                                       Re:Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for04/05/09 21:25:00 Dan Filson
                                          Another year another tax cut04/11/09 19:31:00 Ellen Kearney
                                             Re:Another year another tax cut20/11/09 17:17:00 Andrew Broadbent
   Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for18/01/10 08:55:00 Andy Jones
   Re:How the cut in Council tax gets paid for05/02/10 11:44:00 James Rafferty

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