Council tax up by five per cent – but many will see reduction

By Tara O’Connor, Local Democracy Reporter

Council tax in Merton is set to rise by five per cent this April, but people living in Band A-D homes will get a one per cent reduction – which will cost the council about £1million.

At a meeting on Wednesday night, council leader Ross Garrod said £11million will be spent on council tax support and another £8m will be spent over the next four years to give front line workers, including home carers, the London Living Wage.

He said: “This is just the beginning in our journey to transform the council and our borough. The challenges we face are complex and our ambitions are more extensive than ever.

“The way we work has to change and be built more around partnership and community collaboration, that means creating an organisation that is up for the challenge.”

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