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ISLINGTON CITIZENS' PANEL REJECTS HIGHER TAX FOR BETTER SERVICES

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Islington LBC's citizens' panel, recruited to help councillors decide on the level of council tax this year, has co...
Islington LBC's citizens' panel, recruited to help councillors decide on the level of council tax this year, has come out strongly against the idea of paying more for better services.

The Islington Gazette (p3) reports that 61% answered 'no' to the question: 'Would you be prepared to pay more council tax for improved services?'

In the event of more money becoming available for council services, a third of panellists wanted it to be spent on primary and secondary schools and better social services for the elderly. Twenty one per cent favoured more spending on libraries.

They called for less money to be spent on Christmas lights, the Islington Festival and the Discover Islington tourist service.

Members of the panel, who gave their services free of charge, were selected so that they would be 'broadly representative of the borough as a whole'.
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