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News Shopper reports Council Tax hiked by 5.9%
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05-03-2021 04:16 PM

"Lewisham residents face paying nearly £100 extra for council tax on average after a hike of 4.99 per cent was approved by full council on Wednesday (March 3).

Overall council tax for 2021/22 is set to increase by 5.9 per cent, when the Greater London Authority (GLA) precept hike is included.

The rise is the biggest increase that can be made without the council holding a referendum, but Lewisham said it has been forced into it by central Government.

Lewisham’s lead member for finance told the council that the Conservative Government is “continuing to shift local government resourcing away from central funding to local income raising”.

This means council tax for a Band D property for 2021/22 will be £1,743.62, up £97.18 from the year before.

Along with the 4.99 per cent increase in council tax, the budget includes a proposed rent increase of 1.5 per cent, an average of £1.46 per week.

Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan, presented the coming year’s budget, which includes £28 million in cuts. £40 million are planned for the next three years."

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