It is almost half a percentage point ahead of last year's increases. Many council leaders have attacked the government over the precept, which will add about£16 to average band D council tax bills over last year's figures. Much of the extra cash will go to the Metropolitan Police (LGC, 4 February).
Westminster City Council Conservative leader Melvyn Caplan said: 'While the council supports moves to strengthen the Metropolitan Police and tackle crime and nuisance, we consider this huge rise in the precept, caused by government financing changes, unjustifiable.'
The council claims the recommended tax for its own requirements will rise by only 1.8%, but with the expected precept increases, band D council tax is being set at£375, a rise of 7.1%.
The Association of London Government has attacked the rise as 'a thumping blow' and called on the government to cushion its effects with extra cash.
Hillingdon LBC looks set to impose the highest rise in the capital. Administration leader Richard Barnes says an increase of 10-12% is needed to pay for the rising costs of asylum seekers. But Mr BarnesÕs minority Tory administration could be defeated.
Six councils were unable to supply LGC with figures.
Band D London tax increases
BoroughBand D Increase on
Richmond upon Thames£908.658.9%
Kingston upon Thames£863.198.7%**
Kensington & Chelsea£615.057.4%
Hammersmith & Fulham£878.406.2%
Corporation of London£556.773.9%
*An increase of 10-12% is proposed by Conservative leader Richard Barnes to meet the cost of asylum seekers. The average figure has been used for this table.