Council tax frozen for fourth year

Published: Wednesday 23rd February 11

Wandsworth's council tax will be frozen for the fourth successive year, putting it on course to again be the country's lowest.

The council has announced it will not be increasing its share of the tax this year and the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson has also frozen his share for the third year running. This means the cost for the average Band D property will again be £687.

The amount residents pay for services provided by the council will have been unchanged since 2007.

Deputy council leader Maurice Heaster said the council was committed to balancing its books without putting the burden on hard-pressed local people.

"Many years of prudent financial management have put us in a stronger position than many other local authorities, and have helped us keep our council tax low.

"It's no secret we need to make savings of at least £55m. We are looking at all the services we provide and the way we are structured to makes efficiencies and savings that will have as little impact as possible on frontline services for our most vulnerable residents.

"And as part of our Wandsworth Challenge agenda, we will find new and innovative ways of delivering services by working more effectively with local people and voluntary and community groups.

"What will result will be a smaller, leaner council that delivers excellent local services without hitting people in the pocket."

Wandsworth is one of the top-performing councils in the country which has consistently achieved the UK 's highest resident satisfaction rating for its services.

The council's budget requirement for 2010/2011 will be set at £202m.

The proposals for 2011/2012 will be considered by the finance and corporate resources overview and scrutiny committee on March 2 before being voted on by the full council on March 9.

A typical two person household living in the majority of the borough will pay a Band D tax of £682 in 2011/2012 - the same as in the current year. Band D residents liable for the levy of the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators will pay a slightly higher inclusive figure of £707. Across all properties the average Band D amount payable will remain unchanged at £687.

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Recent comments

Why is keeping the Council Tax so low see as a good thing when the Council is making cuts to services and personnel. According to the library consultation feedback, many people would be prepared for an increase to preserve the services. Perhaps Wandsworth Council should run a consultation on that. As far as I can see the policy of the Council is discriminatory in the it is protecting the affluent as the expense of the most deprived area.
Jane Eades

3 March 2011

Can someone please tell me why Wandsworth (and Westminster) has such low council tax? I know all about grants but that does not explain such a huge difference on the average band D property. We know that when CT was introduced, both of these councils produced bills for practically nothing. How?
Christine Melsom

2 March 2011

A 'moderate £25000' greg. You sure you dont work there? Note your location as 'not given'. That doesnt seem to be an option for others. You trying for brownie points with your colleagues. As someone who has experienced wandsworth's wokplace there are very few who could justify being paid 25k let alone the even higher salaries paid! so to find the 55m for the cuts get rid of the management dead wood (they will go on big fat pensions at 60 or before anyway) and halve the workforce especially the admin types who can make most of the day last by making cups of tea, talking bout issues/people they have no knowledge of. Working at or for wandsworth some employees think they are of a superior kind. They are far from it & sink in the real world
tomtom

26 February 2011

The funny thing about this discussion is that it is founded upon ignorance. The Putney and Wimbledon Conservators Band D tax has NOT gone up by a (substantially below inflation) £25. It has stayed at exactly the same level this year as it was the last. £682 was not the rate for P&W Conservators in 2010/11, it was the rate for Wandsworth as a whole. In 2010/11 the Band D rate for P&W Conservators was £707 and it is the same in 2011/12. At least everyone agrees that the real winners are Council staff who are facing a real terms decrease in wages due to the second pay freeze in a row. On a moderate £25,000 salary this is a real term pay cut of c. £1000 this year. Still at least people can get worked up about a fictional £25 tax rise.
greg

25 February 2011

you all assume i work for the council...well i said here as i was relating to you as residents and as a former and hopefully future resident...i currently work in putney, and am a fed up Kingston council tax payer
vinny

25 February 2011

employee-hope you made this entry during your lurch break and not during the time you are paid to work. If you did did you get permission to do so or are you on a day off or sick leave. your employer might want to know as they may be monitoring and having a laugh bout who they have caught out. come live and work in a nice place where people arent like those you describe- otherwise you could end up just like them!!!
tomtom

25 February 2011

i suggest anyone contributting to this debate takes a screen save of all entries and sves 2 the hard drive as i do so all enetries are saved
dfiudhsuifsa

25 February 2011

vinny i acept your point but would argu most mcdonald workers work harder that most council do. also i am not aware of any of them havin the skill to be a heart surgeon but how many of them earn more. you use term 'here' that suggests to me you might work there. the big society will enable dick tom and harry to carry out the jobs of the highly paid at wndswort at a less amount of money. after all they are looking to save 55m! all i am saying is let those savings come from the overpaid fat lions there and not the workers who r really required. by the time u return to us u might find in a year or two wndswerts c/tax has risen to a realistic price and you will wish u never moved back! the big society will let us xperience there jobs
dfiudhsuifsa

25 February 2011

The last 2 years I've been paying for a royal wedding? I was a Putney Resident and am looking to move back to the borough as all services are better here. And you shouldnt believe everything you read in 'credible' newspapers. All councils, organisations, business related workplaces have people on unjust salarys and pensions etc. Im sure at your work place you know people who do not deserve the pay they are getting. It's life unfortunately. The alternative? Live in a'Big Society' where we all get paid the same wage regardless of our position. So the 16year old in McDonalds can earn as much as a Heart Surgeon. Life isnt fair, tax isnt fair, you pay the lowest c.tax in the uk...SMILE and hope your poo cleaning saves u some pennies
Vinny

25 February 2011

john vinny has to pay more bcoz he is in a royal barrow and they hav to pay for the wedding. you should embrace the big sorciety and help caroline in cleaning the horse poo and your tax will be even lower. Regarding the payments senior managers receve at wadsworth do you not read credible newspapers or is it only blightside you understand. ity wouldnt surprise me if you are one of them and taking the mick out off me.
dfiudhsuifsa

24 February 2011

dfiudhsuifsa Can you please provide evidence of your assumptions on council staff ???? Also i know more about the workings of wandsworth council than you will ever know. You post along with your spelling is embarrassing and as i said, if your not happy leave. You will soon realise how good the people of this borough have it. If you do not believe me, look at Vinnys post! I have friends that live in other boroughs and they tell me how luck i am to live here
John

24 February 2011

I live in Kingston and pay £191 a month for a 2 bed flat, which is smaller than some peoples garages in Wandsworth...STOP MOANING
Vinny

24 February 2011

caroline they hav 2 clean up the horse poo.
dfiudhsuifsa

24 February 2011

caroline and john i was just trying to make the point that there are are highly paid people who will retire on huge pensions and big lump sums of at least 100k that you are not aware of. when you have 2 move a paperclip an hour its hardwork and wondering what 2 do next its hard work. i am sure if the management at wadswert could b reduced and allow em 2 go out on their big pensions and lump sums you would not hav an increase in your already lowest rate council tax. remember u live in the safest place in the world and thats what u pay for- peace of mind. john my vagrancy will occur in wndswert because of wndswert so dont be so cocky about a borough that u hav no idea of how it operates. await yer response.
dfiudhsuifsa

24 February 2011

dfiudhsuifsa - If you are so unhappy with the way Wandsworth Council operate and the fact you pay the lowest council tax in the country (if you actually do pay it) then please feel free to leave Wandsworth and move to another borough in London
John

24 February 2011

"dfiudhsuifsa" from Wimbledon - it wasn't Wandsworth council I was talking about but the Putney and Wimbledon Conservators. It is THAT portion of my council tax (I live in the area it applies to) which has gone up but there has been no consultation or notification as to why and where the extra costs are coming from. The increase is not a small proportion of the *extra* costs so I'd like to know the answer to that question and whether those of us who live in that area can have any say in, or protest about, the level set.
Caroline

24 February 2011

caroline you must realise how hard the wandsworth staff work and they hav to keep the huge staff numbers to pay the guilt edged honey pot pensions and lump sums. suggest you start using foi to ask/find out what they are! sometimes these senior staff will do whatever they can 2 keep people quiet bout that. Believe me at the end of the day those highly paid staff (40k) upwards know they have done a days work!!!!
dfiudhsuifsa

23 February 2011

So to be clear, that means a RISE of about £25 for the Wimbledon and Putney Conservators area then, NOT a freeze - it was approx £682 for a Band D last year. Is there a breakdown of the extra costs for this area somewhere and please can you justify the extra £25 per household? Why have they risen this much?
Caroline

23 February 2011