Council tax 2021/22

Letter from the Leader of the Council

Dear Resident,

Despite the very widely publicised havoc wreaked by Covid to council budgets the length and breadth of the country, may I start by apologising profusely for this year’s 4.99% council tax rise.

I appreciate that it is of next to no consolation whatsoever to be told that the vast majority of other London Boroughs are being forced to do the same thing themselves, and my thoughts on the GLA’s Mayoral precept rise of 9.5% are definitely best not committed to print.

It is, however, the right and responsible thing to do in the medium and longer term best interests of Bromley’s vital public services to our most vulnerable residents, as well to ensure that we avoid becoming the next London Borough to be placed in special financial measures as has recently happened to our neighbours in Croydon.

More positively, the hard work and difficult decisions already taken and now set in place leave us increasing cause for optimism that future council tax rises could be contained to a level  far closer to inflation, subject, of course, to additional financial support from government if there were to be any unfortunate setbacks in the Covid recovery plan.

That certainly remains the aim and focus of my Administration and the outcome we are striving for on your behalf.

Councillor Colin Smith

Bromley Council Leader