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Wandsworth sets the lowest Council Tax in Britain

Edwardlister11 Wandsworth Council already sets the lowest Council Tax in Britain and is freezing this year's bills. Here their leader Cllr Edward Lister says they could do even better without he "dead weight" of the Brown Government.

When times are hard the best bit of news residents can hear from their local authority is that they are not going to be hit in the pocket with unaffordable council tax demands.

For Conservative councils, getting it right can be a very simple way of demonstrating the difference between efficient local administrations and a wasteful, under-performing government.

Wandsworth Conservatives have just announced budget proposals which will ensure the tax in our borough remains the UK’s lowest.

We are freezing our bills for the second year running – and with Boris breaking with Mayoral convention and also keeping the lid on spending – there’s a real Conservative message here for voters.

You’ll pay £682 for a Typical Band D property in Wandsworth including the Mayor's precept.  I’m sure
like many councils we could do even better if we could get rid of the dead weight of Brown’s government.

It’s no wonder public spending has soared. Brown’s people have a completely different mindset to Conservatives. For them it’s about process – making sure we are working with the right partners, producing the most perfect plans and above all slavishly adhering to their political objectives.

For Conservatives it’s about performance. We just want to get on with running cost-effective local services for our taxpayers. You can get rid of a lot of waste in Whitehall by reining in the bureaucrats whose aim in life is to come up with new ways of spending taxpayers’ money.

There’s lots of areas of the public sector that councils like Wandsworth could run more efficiently and at a lower cost – the local Primary Care Trust for one. It needs a new contract between councils and their taxpayers that says these are the services we will run, this is what we will deliver and here’s how much it will cost.

This would be real devolution with lots of room for different service models – and not every council would measure up. But it would re-establish the vital connections between what councils do and what their customers pay.

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