Councillor Robert Atkinson, Labour Group Leader, responding to the Kensington and Chelsea Conservative Group’s Council Budget, said:
Madam Mayor (MM) you will not be surprised to hear that the Labour opposition tonight will not be supporting the preposterous, indeed outrageous, idea that the residents of this borough (including those still suffering grievously from the effects of the Grenfell Fire) be made to pay additional Council Tax to put right the damage and horrors caused by this council.
To increase the Council tax this year will literally add insult to injury.
We are pleased instead to propose our own amendments which entail no increase in the Council’s own precept for the coming year and which will unveil a very different set of priorities for the next 4 years.
To be absolutely clear, we do not believe it right nor necessary to increase the council tax this year and we have at least 4 important reasons not to do so :
Firstly, While it is a legal obligation for this current ,disgraced and broken council to set a budget and a Council Tax of the borough, there is nevertheless something not right in this arrangement when we all know that, irrespective of the outcome of the vote on May 3rd, at least half the people taking this decision tonight will not be here afterwards to take responsibility for the results of tonight’s decisions.