OPINION - Talking Point: Are London public services worth a council tax hike?

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is set to announce an increase in council tax  (Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is set to announce an increase in council tax (Stefan Rousseau / PA Wire)

Sadiq Khan is set to add £38.55 to the average council tax bill in a fresh blow for those living in London.

On top of the tax going to the local council, typical households would pay just over £434 to the Greater London Authority, helping fund services such as Transport for London, the Metropolitan Police Service, and the London Fire Brigade.

The Mayor told the Standard: “I have got to be honest with Londoners. Unless we increase the precept to the maximum the Government is telling us to do so, we will have less money for police, less for the fire service, and we will have to remove free travel for children and free travel for over-60s.”

He described council tax as “regressive, outdated, and not fit for purpose” and “one of the unfairest ways to raise revenues”, but said the rise is necessary to secure future Government funding.

Confirmation of his council tax demands for the 2023/24 financial year are due in the next fortnight.

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Yesterday we asked: What’s a fair price for a pint?

Very few responses thought the going rate should top £5 to £6, as one Standard reader commented: “When pint prices go beyond a fiver, I seriously question whether I want the pint at all. At that point, I just wouldn’t pay it. It’s like butter. I stopped buying it when it reached £2; any more and I just baulk at it. There is a limit to what can be charged.”

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On Facebook, Doug Stafford responded: “Certainly NOT what is charged in London!!!!”

Kevin Ward also commented on the high prices: “Friends from Bristol thought I was taking the Micky when I suggested at least £100 spending for a Saturday day/night out in London when they visit (food, drink, comedy store etc). I laugh when I visit the West Country, it’s a whole new experience going to the pub and not having to remortgage the house.”

Meanwhile, Scott Fenwick accepted: “Whatever the market is prepared to pay for it.”