The leader of Croydon's Labour Council, Tony Newman, was asked at tonight’s Council meeting to condemn tax rises recently announced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan's.
When Boris Johnson was London's Mayor he promised to stop what’s known as the ‘Olympic Precept’ – a tax introduced by then Labour Minister Tessa Jowell to pay for the 2012 Olympic games.
This supposedly temporary tax has been costing a Band D council tax payer £20 on top of their Council Tax bill every year since 2006.
With the full cost of the Games now paid, it was expected that the charge would be dropped but Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan has decided to continue to charge the Olympic precept despite a manifesto promise that says he would do all in his power to keep tax rises to a minimum.
With an additional rise in the Mayor’s portion of Council Tax and local tax rises expected from our Labour Council, Croydon residents look set to be hit doubly hard.
Cllr Jason Cummings, Shadow Cabinet Member for Finance and Treasury, said:
“I really wish I was surprised at this significant tax hike but now that both parts of our council tax are under Labour control what else did we think would happen?
“The really sad part of this is that it is all so unnecessary. Boris Johnson either cut or froze the Mayoral precept for every year he was Mayor. Now Sadiq has found a way to increase the tax twice in his first year alone.
‘The one hope for Croydon residents is that they have the opportunity to rid themselves of this wasteful Labour Council in 2018 and get Croydon's finances back under control with the Conservatives.'