Conservatives promise tax freeze for Londoners

Conservatives on the London Assembly have unveiled a ‘Budget for London’ that promises to freeze council tax for the coming year – combined with a commitment not to cut any frontline services. The budget comes on the day the London Assembly is due to debate Mayor Ken Livingstone’s proposed 7.2% increase in council tax for 2005/6.


Key elements of the Conservative ‘Budget for London’ include: 

  • 150 new Neighborhood Policing teams
  • 600 new British Transport Police
  • Bureaucracy at City Hall slashed by at least 20%
  • A £10million, five-borough pilot scheme to introduce US-style school buses to ease school run congestion
  • Westward Extension of the congestion charge scrapped
  • An audit of bus lanes 

Conservative Budget spokesman Andrew Pelling said, "Londoners do not want yet another inflation-busting rise in their council tax bill yet that is what the Mayor is offering. In stark contrast, the Conservative’s are proposing a ‘Tax Freeze’ - while still delivering more police on London’s streets.

“We’ll do this by slashing the Mayor’s excesses – including his increase in City Hall staff from 250 to more than 680.  It is about time the Mayor’s bloated bureaucracy was cut down to size – and Londoners hard earned money returned to where it belongs – their own pockets.”


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