Ealing Conservatives would raise Council tax by 17%

Ealing Conservatives have revealed a rash of unfunded spending commitments, which would result in a Conservative administration having to increase council tax by 17%. When challenged by Labour cabinet member Cllr Bassam Mahfouz on what the Conservatives would do about the cuts that the Tory-led Central Government is forcing through Conservative Shadow member for finance Cllr Mark Reen emailed all Labour councillors a lengthy list of unfunded spending commitments.

Ealing Labour has costed the promises and found that they would result in a £20m black hole from the council’s revenue budget and an extra £15m being spent on the council’s capital programme. An itemised list is included below, but in essence it means an increase of 17% in the first year of a Conservative Administration.  This is the equivalent of an extra £232 to be paid for households in the average home in the borough, many would be asked to pay more.

Savings the Conservatives would not take Revenue savings by 2014
Supporting People Saving

£5,187,000

Opposition to bringing Ealing Homes in-house

£5,000,000

Opposition to the efficiencies arising from the property strategy

£1,970,000

CPZ charges

£1,469,000

CAHMS grant reductions

£1,000,000

Day centre changes

£815,000

New policing model

£750,000

Envirocrime & Park rangers

£430,000

Library Strategy

£420,000

Changes to Taxicards

£367,000

Reductions to VCS grant funding

£353,000

Charging nothing for Stirling Road site

£330,000

Charity rate relief

£308,000

Reduction in Early Intervention Grant

£300,000

Changes to respite unit

£237,000

10% Revenue cost of extra capital commitments

£1,505,000

Total = £20.441m revenue

Additional Capital Commitments

Commitment to buy Acton Magistrates court as a community centre

£1,000,000

Maintaining Street Resurfacing Programme

£13,800,000

Maintain DFG budget at previous level

£250,000

Total = £15.05m capital

The Council is legally obliged to pass a balanced budget and so as result of the Tory-led Government’s cuts the council must make savings of £85 million by 2013/14. Therefore in order to balance the budget the Conservatives would have to raise council tax by 17% to fund their unrealistic spending spree.

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