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Ealing Council set to raise council tax by 4.99% for 2023-2024

Ealing Council has confirmed it intends to increase council tax for 2023-2024 by a total of 4.99%.  General council tax will rise by 2.99%, the maximum councils are allowed by government to do while there is another 2% increase that households will pay which has been ring fenced for social care.

The Labour-run council says that currently 60% of every £1 it gets is spent towards helping children and adults in need of care.

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Ealing Council tax all bands 2023 to 2024
Ealing Council tax all bands 2023 to 2024

In its report which will go before Ealing Council Cabinet on Wednesday (22 February 2023), it says: “Considers and recommends to Full Council an increase of 2% for the Social Care Precept and an increase of 2.99% for Council Tax in 2023/24″.

Councillor Steve Donnelly, Council cabinet member for inclusive economy said: “Although we’re having to make tough decisions again this year, thanks to global economic insecurities and rising interest rates, we’re making sure we’ll be here when you need us by investing in key services.”

He added: “Communities rightly expect that the council will provide support when it’s needed. Our hard-up households, which bore the brunt of the problems caused to the economy by the pandemic, are now struggling at the sharp end of the cost of living crisis and need help. We’ve also got a range of other support available – such as making it easier to get help to pay for food and essential bills through our local welfare assistance scheme. And the four community hubs at Ealing, Acton, Northolt and Southall libraries.

“Around 60p in every £1 that the council spends goes towards helping adults and children in need of care. And demand for these services has further increased over the last year. The council needs to support our ageing population, continue the long recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and look after those young people in our borough who suffered the most.”

Liberal Democrat Councillor Gary Busuttil, opposition spokesperson for finance told EALING.NEWS: “Liberal Democrats think that as households are facing a significant pressures on their income and an erosion of their spending power that it is unreasonable for the Labour led Ealing council to implement a significant increase in their council tax bill this year. We call on them to freeze council tax and manage the finances better for the benefit of hard working people of the borough.”

Councillor Busuttil added: “Labour claim to be on the side of working people and yet they are adding to their burden. In the last four years adult social care overspend has increased 87% and for children’s social care it has increased 76% since 2018/2019. This shows that the Labour administration do not have control of the social care budget, as they are unable to forecast or remain in a reasonable margin year on year, which leads to spiralling costs driving up council tax payments.”

In a statement, Council Leader Councillor Peter Mason said: “We will always challenge ourselves to find better and more cost-effective ways of delivering, and we’ve been able to balance the gap in the cost of doing just that, while still delivering on our promises. But, after more than 10 years of government cuts, inflation at a 30-year high thanks to bad economic decisions at government-level, and with more people than ever needing support, extra funding is needed.”

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