Let us freeze council tax

The National Press has published articles suggesting that council tax must rise by �50. Articles go on to say that council tax in London and the South-East may rise by three times as much. I would urge our council to be the exception to the rule by

The National Press has published articles suggesting that council tax 'must' rise by �50.

Articles go on to say that council tax in London and the South-East may rise by 'three times as much.'

I would urge our council to be the exception to the rule by freezing council tax, marking time on planned projects, and reining-in in order to retain what we have.

The particularly difficult financial situation is not the time for expansive projects.


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Even more worrying is the knowledge that the only way to save money in business is to off-load labour.

It means that every pound the council spends will have to be found from somewhere, and that somewhere is the closure of jobs.

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The residents of the borough do not have a bottomless pit of money at their disposal, and a rise in tax, such as that described by the media, may well result in many more of us having to resort to government hand-outs.

This will have the effect of increasing the downward spiral of money coming in and money going out. Someone must take a positive stand and follow the example set by Boris Johnson by saying 'enough is enough.'

Cllr Terry Justice

Ashton Gardens

Chadwell Heath

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