Council tax 2019/20
Letter from the Leader of the Council
The extent of the 2019-20 council tax rise is deeply regrettable. This is most emphatically not something that my colleagues or I wished to see happen.
Whilst many councils in London and countrywide are in a similar bind as a result of central government’s continuing programme of cuts to councils’ budgets, in ‘Outer London’ in particular, the discredited funding formula being used to disperse what is still available means there is simply no longer enough money available to get the job done as effectively as anyone would prefer.
Bromley's government funding remains amongst the very lowest per person across London, despite tireless lobbying for a fairer deal over a number of years. Do please rest assured that particular conversation is continuing unabated!
More positively, we continue to look for further ways to work together with partner organisations and residents to come to terms with how best to maintain services and manage growing demand with even less money. Not easy, but we are committed and focussed to delivering that difficult outcome.
I hope in the light of such totally unprecedented funding pressures that continue across local government, that you will understand the need and context for this year's council tax increase.
Bromley Council Leader