Our taxes will be cut by another 3% next year in news which has been announced by our Council in typically flamboyant fashion, with a video shot by a local Performing Arts school (Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College (EHWLC))
Announcing the cut the soon to be departing Council Leader Stephen Greenhalgh spake thus:
“In these tough economic times we want to free residents from the burden of excessive taxation. This innovative YouTube clip takes a light-hearted look on a very serious message. We are saying loud and clear that it is possible to consistently cut tax and council debt while improving frontline services. We are also proud to be climbing the league table of low tax boroughs and look set to break into the top three nationwide with our biggest council tax cut yet.”
It's difficult to argue with tax cuts in these economic times, and the PR package was brilliantly executed with the story leading the news on BBC London last night. But a lot of the people the BBC interviewed seemed to be doubtful about the wisdom of cutting taxes if it led to service cuts too, which has certainly also been the case in recent times.
So enjoy the extra £30 quid or so you wont now be paying out in council tax next year - but bear in mind where it might be coming from...