Council tax frozen for over-65s for fourteenth year
Thursday 20 February: Hillingdon Council has confirmed that council tax for over-65s will be frozen for a fourteenth consecutive year, following the approval of its budget for 2020/21 at a council meeting tonight (Thursday 20 February).
The council's budget included £35.7 million funding towards its ongoing school building and expansion programme, £10 million to maintain local highways, £2.3 million to carry out town centre improvements across the borough and £3.3 million for environmental initiatives.
Council tax rose last year by 2.4 per cent for Hillingdon residents under the age of 65, which was the lowest rise of all London boroughs following a 10-year freeze. For the coming year, the rise will be 1.8 per cent.
The vast majority of councils across the country have added a social care precept of 2 to 3 per cent to council tax bills over the past four years. For the first time, Hillingdon Council will introduce a precept of 2 per cent for all residents in the coming year.
In practice this will mean a total rise of 3.8 per cent for those under the age of 65 (83p a week for a Band D property) and 2 per cent for those over 65 (44p a week for a Band D property).
Fees and charges will be set at 90 per cent of what neighbouring boroughs charge their residents.
Hillingdon Council's 2020/21 budget included:
- £10 million funding to maintain local highways
- £2 million for the council's library refurbishment programme
- £32 million for the new leisure centre and community facilities in West Drayton
- £3.1 million for improvements to the council's existing leisure centres
- £3.9 million to provide new facilities for local youth groups
- £2.3 million to carry out town centre improvements across the borough to boost local businesses and high streets
- £35.7 million towards the council's ongoing school building and expansion programme.
- £2.6 million for the Cranford Park restoration project
- £3.3 million for environmental initiatives, such as pollution screens at schools and to fight the next stages of the proposed Heathrow expansion if required
- £5 million funding to purchase Uxbridge Police Station
- £1.7 million to carry out improvement works at the Battle of Britain Bunker
Cllr Ray Puddifoot, Leader of Hillingdon Council, said: "All local authorities are facing ongoing funding challenges. However, residents can be reassured that here in Hillingdon, as a result of our strong financial management and good business practice, we are keeping council tax rises to a minimum, while delivering a balanced budget and continuing to provide the services our residents value, as well as investing in improvements to services and facilities."
For details on council tax and how to pay, visit www.hillingdon.gov.uk/counciltax