Merton Council Tax cut rejected
By adam_leone | Thursday, November 22, 2012, 09:49
Merton Councillors have rejected a 5% cut in Council Tax, proposed by Merton Conservatives.
At a meeting last night the proposals were deemed "prudent" given the financial situation.
But, Over the last 2 years the government has provided grants of around £2 billion to help freeze Council Tax.
On 8 October 2012 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced extra money for local councils in England to help them freeze Council Tax for a third year.
However, Labour, Conservative and Merton Park Residents Association councillors joined forced to reject a Liberal Democrat proposal that would have prevented the Council administration adding even more money into reserves at the same time as making cuts to services this year, as they have done in the previous two years.
Proposing the amendment, Liberal Democrat councillor Iain Dysart said: "It was quite right for the Government to incentivise Councils to freeze Council tax to help residents."
"But the Council must also protect services, particularly those relied on by the most vulnerable in our borough. This Conservative motion does not explain how it could cut 5% from Council Tax without damaging services."