Liberal Democrat Councillor for Alperton, Anton Georgiou has written to the Labour Leader of Brent Council to ask what steps he has taken to protect Brent residents from another massive hike in Council Tax. Butt’s 4.99% tax rise has followed similar moves from the Labour Mayor of London, who raised his share of council tax by 9%. This will place huge financial pressure on Brent residents in difficult times. Cllr Georgiou questions whether the administration is doing all they can to support local residents.
Butt’s share of the overall Council Tax charge will be voted on at the Budget Setting Council meeting in February.
Combining Brent’s proposed 4.99% rise with the Labour Mayor's over 9% rise will mean that the overall Council Tax for residents in Brent will rise by over 6% from 1 April 2021. Labour’s Council Tax Double hit will be the highest council tax rise for over a decade.
Cllr Georgiou says:
"Sadly, this is no April Fool’s joke. I am stunned that local people will once again potentially be burdened with a huge rise in their Council Tax. The considerable 6% rise will cost most Brent families well over £100 and some as much as £300 extra next year. This also represents the biggest single increase in well over a decade. In these difficult times, when many Brent residents have lost jobs or seen their income shrink significantly, the Labour administrations in Brent and City Hall should not be making things even worse. I want to know exactly what Brent Labour have done to lobby the Government on this matter."
In his letter to the Labour Leader, Cllr Georgiou asks what steps his administration have taken to lobby the Government on this issue and also what considerations have been made regarding dipping into the excessive local reserves so that the cost burden is not passed on to Brent residents.
“Council reserves exist to help deliver services during challenging times. It is difficult to imagine a time where this money is more needed than now!”
We, the undersigned, join Cllr Anton Georgiou and the Brent Liberal Democrats in challenging the Labour Administration to stop the excessive 6% Council Tax rise that would devastate Brent residents who have suffered so much over the past year.