Greenwich Council has agreed to exempt young people leaving care from Council Tax up to the age of 25, following a proposal from Conservative councillors that will see around 450 young people save hundreds of pounds a year.
Conservative councillors in Greenwich will vote against Labour plans to increase Council Tax in the borough by 1.99% this evening, instead proposing a fully-costed alternative that would see increased funding for a key scheme to help people into work. The meeting will be the first to be streamed live via the web.
Government figures published this week highlighted that the council still has some way to go in collecting council tax. In 2009/10 the council only managed to collect 94% of the £82,655 it needed to collect, well below the national average collection rate of 97.01%.
Conservatives today warned that the Borough's residents were finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet due to rising property taxes and utility bills. The warnings comes amid new research highlighting how much extra a typical family in Greenwich has paid in council tax since 1997. The new analysis reveals that the cumulative change in council tax since 1997 is £997.
Alistair Craig, Parliamentary Spokesman for Greenwich & Woolwich said: