Croydon Council tax frozen with £25 rebate for rate payers

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Croydon councillors have voted to freeze council tax and give taxpayers a £25 rebate in a move which was dismissed as a ‘gimmick’ by the opposition.

At a full council meeting on Monday night the budget for the financial year 2014-15 was passed by 37 votes to 32.

Taxpayers who paid council tax in full this year will receive £25 in April.

Coupled with a 1.32 per cent cut in the Mayor of London's portion of council tax bills, the average Band D household is set to see their bill fall by 2 per cent.

Council leader Councillor Mike Fisher said: “Our focus has been and always will be on doing the right thing for the residents of Croydon.”

But the leader of the opposition Labour councillor Tony Newman said: “Last year the council put tax up by £26 and this year they hand back £25.

“A Labour council if elected in May will freeze council tax as well but without any gimmicks and bribes.”

Labour proposed an amendment to the budget which did not include a £25 rebate for residents as the opposition proposed to invest this money into services including extra council enforcement officers and more CCTV cameras.

This amendment was not passed at the meeting.


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3:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

ummagumma says...

What an absolute con... Has nobody cottoned on to the fact that a very large proportion of Croydon residents DO NOT PAY council tax because of their financial situations, and according to the last audit, there are outstanding debts of nearly £45 million in unpaid council tax! This means that the £25 rebate to the residents who get their council tax paid will go straight back to Croydon council, and will probably be used, along with the rebates from the residents who owe outstanding council tax, to lower the outstanding £45 million. Croydon council are the FOURTH worst in the whole of the U.K. at collecting council tax, so just before the upcoming elections be prepared to read about how Croydon council have reduced the outstanding council tax bill... blah, blah, blah.... Cllr Fisher, your cunning plan has been rumbled, better luck next time!
What an absolute con... Has nobody cottoned on to the fact that a very large proportion of Croydon residents DO NOT PAY council tax because of their financial situations, and according to the last audit, there are outstanding debts of nearly £45 million in unpaid council tax! This means that the £25 rebate to the residents who get their council tax paid will go straight back to Croydon council, and will probably be used, along with the rebates from the residents who owe outstanding council tax, to lower the outstanding £45 million. Croydon council are the FOURTH worst in the whole of the U.K. at collecting council tax, so just before the upcoming elections be prepared to read about how Croydon council have reduced the outstanding council tax bill... blah, blah, blah.... Cllr Fisher, your cunning plan has been rumbled, better luck next time! ummagumma
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