LBRUT warns of Council Tax rises in face of Government funding cuts

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By Teddington People | Tuesday, January 07, 2014, 11:54

Richmond Council announced its commitment to keep Council Tax freezes was under pressure after figures released by the Government last month confirmed more cuts to Councils over the next two years.

For Richmond Council, already the lowest funded borough in London, this will mean a headline reduction of 3% of its Government grant for each year.

In light of these numbers, the Council has said it will freeze council tax for another year but Deputy Leader of Richmond Council, Cllr Geoffrey Samuel, warned that prospects for the future are ‘disturbing’:

“The Council is determined to do everything it can to shield our residents from cuts to services. That task is made extremely difficult when we get such a disappointing deal from the Government,” he said.

“The prospects for 2015 and beyond are bleak. Increasing demand for Council services alongside reductions in funding creates a “perfect storm” for the Council and we must continue our quest for more innovative and efficient ways to provide services which safeguard the most vulnerable in our community whilst keeping the Council Tax at an affordable level”, he continued.

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