Leader sets out Wandsworth's low tax formula

Published: Friday 22nd May 15

Council leader Ravi Govindia published a letter in the Evening Standard earlier this week in response to another reader's question about Wandsworth's low tax rate.

His full letter reads:

"Wandsworth’s council tax remains low because over decades of steady leadership we have challenged every service to improve and innovate over and over again. We are constantly looking for more efficient and effective ways of serving our residents and supporting our businesses.

"In the eighties we were among the very first councils to invite private and voluntary organisations to run local services, generating vast savings and keeping the town hall free from debt. With low borrowing costs we have been better able to invest for long term stability. This virtuous circle keeps our council tax low while our public services and facilities are among the very best in London.

Leader of the Council Councillor Govindia 

"In today’s tough financial conditions we are going further than ever before to improve efficiency and harness skills, ideas and resources from outside the town hall. For example our superb local libraries are now run by social enterprise GLL and we are committed to sharing staff with Richmond Council which could save a further £10m every year.

"We have proven track record for sound financial management in Wandsworth but this has to be married with a willingness to experiment, take risks and embrace new ideas.  A low monthly council tax bill is just one of the benefits this formula brings to Wandsworth residents."

Ravi Govindia

Leader of Wandsworth Council

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Superb local libraries have had their hours of opening cut over the last few years, it all helps to keep the band D tax low...
Kaleem Mirza

8 June 2015

RE. CONTRIL OF WANDSWORTH LIBRARIES BY GLL. THIS HAS NOT PROVED EFFECTIVE COMPARED WITH PREVIOUSLY. FIRST, IT WAS DECIDED TO WITHFRAW FROM THE LONDON LIBRARIES CONSORTIUM, WHICH HAS MEANT A SEVERE RESTRICTION ON THE TITLES OF BOOKS WHICH CAN BE RESERVED, AND WHEN RESERVED, THEY CAB NORMALLY NOW TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS TO BECOME AVAILABLE - A COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE SITUATION. SECOND, THE LIBRARIES WEBSITE UNDERWENT A COMPLETE RE-HASH AND IS STILL QUITE INACCURATE AND UNRELIABLE - A FACT THAT IS OFTEN BORNE OUT BY THE STAFF WHO ACTUALLY WORK IN THE LIBRARIES. I LAMENT THE LOSS OF A ONCE VERY GOOD LIBRARY SERVICE.
GEORGE LOBLEY

22 May 2015