Soaring cost of local taxes on Greenwich exposed

Conservatives today warned that the Borough's residents were finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet due to rising property taxes and utility bills. The warnings comes amid new research highlighting how much extra a typical family in Greenwich has paid in council tax since 1997. The new analysis reveals that the cumulative change in council tax since 1997 is £997.

Alistair Craig, Parliamentary Spokesman for Greenwich & Woolwich said:
“The typical family in Greenwich has lost almost £1000 in higher council tax bills alone since the Labour Government came to power, despite Tony Blair’s pledge that he had ‘no plans to increase tax at all’.

“I am very concerned about the cumulative impact of property taxes – in the form of soaring council taxes, rising stamp duty and greater inheritance tax liability. On top of this, belts are having to be tightened because of rising water and energy bills. Much of the reason for rising utility prices is in turn the impact of higher taxes like Gordon Brown’s pensions tax, higher National Insurance contributions and rising landfill taxes.

“I doubt any household believes that their public services have improved by the same amount that their local tax bills have soared. The truth is that Labour’s higher taxes have been wasted on armies of clipboard inspectors, regional talking shops and fat government.”