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Haringey Borough Council to freeze council tax for another year
Haringey Borough Council has announced that it will freeze council tax for another year.
The decision is still subject to formal approval at the next council meeting on Monday, November 18, in High Road, Wood Green.
If passed it will make 2014/15 the fifth consecutive year there has been no increase in council tax.
The proposal was agreed in order to respond the ongoing cost of living crisis, which the council says has seen energy prices and rents rise faster than wages in 38 of the past 39 months.
Councillor Joe Goldberg, the Labour cabinet member for finance, said the borough has been hit hard by government cuts and has faced the loss of £144m.
He said: “Our decision to freeze council tax again in Haringey is a result of our ongoing commitment to do what we can to help those local families suffering from the continuing squeeze on household budgets.
“The cost of living has sky-rocketed since the start of the recession in 2008 and now even more Haringey residents than ever before are struggling to make ends meet.
“By committing to a fifth year of frozen council tax, we hope that keeping £175 in the pockets of families and hard working individuals we can go a little way in combating the financial challenges families are facing.”
Liberal Democrat councillor Richard Wilson said the only reason the authority has been able to freeze council tax is because of a grant from the Government.
He said: “I am pleased that the council has seen sense and will be taking up the government grant to freeze council tax.
“Residents already pay the fifth highest council tax in London so any increase would have been completely unacceptable.”
The Stroud Green councillor added that his party has been campaigning for a council tax freeze since 2008. He said the reason council tax already costs so much is thanks to the borough’s Labour group.
Cllr Wilson said: “Everyone knows that Labour would not have frozen council tax for the past four year without the coalition government grant.
“We have the fifth highest council tax in London as a result of Labour’s previous decisions to increase council tax over many years.”
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