Cameron’s ‘favourite local authority’ slashes council tax to half the national average


Hammersmith and Fulham are set to cut bills for the seventh year out of eight.


By SWLondoner staff

The cost of living is set to be eased for Hammersmith and Fulham residents, as the council revealed it is hoping to cut council tax to levels not seen since the last millennium.

Nationally, council tax costs have doubled over the past decade to £1,439 a year, but in Hammersmith and Fulham, the average Band D bill could be reduced by 3% to £735.

The cut would mean that council tax bills in H&F will have fallen 20 per cent in cash terms  over the past eight years, if the move is formally agreed at a Budget Council meeting in February.

“While most major household bills have been going up and up, I believe this council has done more to reduce the cost of living than virtually any other organisation in the country,” said Hammersmith and Fulham Council Leader, Cllr Nicholas Botterill.

“By relentlessly rooting out unnecessary costs and cutting debt, we have become a much leaner council where the focus is solely on the front line services that matter most to residents. While improving services, we have been able to ease the cost of living by passing cost savings back to taxpayers in the form of annual tax cuts.”

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles praised the borough for the way they have helped their residents.

“Cutting council tax by 20 per cent is a phenomenal achievement that Hammersmith & Fulham should be rightly proud of and one their residents will heartily welcome,” he said.

“Hammersmith & Fulham Council is showing just how far they can go to help reduce their residents’ cost of living bills whilst cutting their debts and keeping top quality, efficient local services going.”

Photo courtesy of hammersmithandfulham, with thanks.

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