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Yesterday Cllr Stephen Greenhalgh called for a blueprint for a Conservative approach to local government – high quality services, low council tax. He rightly cited the examples set by Conservative-controlled Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea,
Westminster and Wandsworth as being models for achieving that, as did our ToryDiary piece on Conservative tax and spend policy.

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Westminster Council does have one of the lowest levels of Council Tax in the country, but could it be even lower?

£2m represents 1% of Council Tax. At the end of 2006/7 Westminster had reserves of £63m – at least twice the amount you would expect a council to have if any at all – yet in early 2007 a majority of the 48 Conservative councillors voted for a 2% tax increase, as they had the year before. The Council received a windfall shortly afterwards and reviewed its decision but a majority still approved the tax increase.

At the end of 2007/8 the reserves had increased to £71m. At the start of this year the group decided to freeze the Council Tax (something even the
fledgling Conservative administration in Hounslow has
managed to do
two years in a row) even though the council could technically afford to cut the tax by 2% for the next ten years. So has Westminster’s tax rate really gone as low as it can go?

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