People over the age of 65 in Northwood won’t be paying any more council tax to Hillingdon Council after the authority said it would be freezing its share of the bill for the 14th year in a row.
People under 65 meanwhile face a rise of 1.8 per cent – the maximum rise allowed this year is two per cent.
Council tax payers will also be charged for social care, something which Hillingdon has not done in previous years.
But, in the face of funding pressures, a two per cent precept will be levied on all residents.
Councillor Ray Puddifoot, leader, explained why the move was necessary when he set out the budget for the next financial year at a cabinet meeting last monthj.
He said: “We continue to put the needs of Hillingdon residents at the heart of everything we do, and this small increase will contribute £4.4 million a year towards maintaining and improving the many services provided by the council.”
Provision was also made in the budget for further investment in facilities and services including funding to maintain local highways, a refurbishment programme for the council’s libraries, improvements to the council’s existing leisure centres and town centre improvements across the borough to boost local businesses and high streets.
You can have your say on the proposed budget until January 26 2020 by visiting hillingdon.gov.uk/haveyoursay.