Bromley Tories will set their new council tax for 2013/14 at tonight’s council meeting starting at 7 pm in Bromley Civic Centre. The expected increase in the Bromley tax is 1.87%. The GLA element will reduce slightly leaving an overall increase of 1.14%. The Labour group will argue that the Tories have got themselves into this position by their poor management of the local economy over recent years. Even in the good times, they have savagely cut services and now, when they are compelled to cut more by the Tory/Lib Dem coalition, they have little left to cut, so an increase is inevitable. The average Council Tax in Bromley will rise from £1298.03 a year to £1312.89, just over a pound a month.
Bromley’s council tax level is the lowest in outer London. Other, more prudent, authorities have been charging a more realistic council tax that preserves many of the services that residents most admire. We shall be particularly drawing attention to reductions in spending on early intervention for challenging young families, youth services, care for the elderly and the provision of day care centres, Library services (see our report on Penge and Anerley Libraries) and the closure of the Citizens Advice Bureau permanent home in Penge.