Lewisham and Greenwich council tax frozen

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Lewisham and Greenwich residents will both see their council tax frozen this year, after budget meetings last week.

Both councils voted through a series of budget proposals which will see the rates left unchanged for another 12 months.

Lewisham Council has warned it faces unprecedented cutbacks of £95m over the next four years, with big changes needed in the way it provides services.

Mayor of Lewisham Sir Steve Bullock told the meeting on Wednesday: "The task of identifying those cuts will dominate the next administration."

Among the £24.5m in savings approved last week was the reduction in attendance and welfare service staff - likely to lead to strike action later this month.

In Greenwich, where government cutbacks have slashed £70m from the budget, rates were frozen for the seventh year running while money is being allocated to the borough's violent and organised crime unit plus £6m for the council's employment scheme.

Leader Councillor Chris Roberts said: "We have set our budgets and we are spending money on the services and initiatives that residents tell us they want prioritised."

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3:49pm Mon 3 Mar 14

SidcupResident says...

Mmmm, could there be elections round the corner?....
Mmmm, could there be elections round the corner?.... SidcupResident
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8:07am Tue 4 Mar 14

j.j. says...

Good. There is a lot of slack in the councils' operations. There are functions that are stretched, but also many where people still don't ever break sweat despite being on much better packages than their hard working counterparts in the private sector.
Good. There is a lot of slack in the councils' operations. There are functions that are stretched, but also many where people still don't ever break sweat despite being on much better packages than their hard working counterparts in the private sector. j.j.
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