Alternatives to Raising Council Tax

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 18th March 2021.

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Photo of Shaun Bailey Shaun Bailey Conservative

Why did you raise your share of Council Tax by almost 10% instead of proposing other ways to raise money which do not impose such a burden on Londoners?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

I recognise that in many households, finances are more stretched than ever before because of the pandemic. With a lot of hard work, I managed to limit the council tax increase to less than half of what my opponents expected, despite huge pressure from Government Ministers.

The Transport Secretary personally told me that council tax would have to go up in London and the Home Secretary assumed a huge increase to keep police recruitment flowing. In these circumstances, I had to do the right thing for Londoners, and every penny of this money will be put to good and efficient use keeping our public transport system running and keeping Londoners safe.