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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Visit to Wandsworth

Posted by davidburbage on March 1, 2007

Cllr David Hilton and I visited Wandsworth a couple of weeks ago to see how they keep down Council Tax to just £355 at Band D. Here is a photo of us meeting Cllr Maurice Heaster, their Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Finance.
Cllr Maurice Heaster, Cllr David Burbage, Cllr David Hilton
It was a valuable not just for the content of understanding their maintenance of a low Council Tax, but because the whole ethos of the place was so refreshing. The Members have their policies and they make it happen. If things aren’t working with a supplier, or with a Council department, then the Members change it up until it does work!

Wandsworth have managed to have zero increases in tax for the past three years – their overall bills keep going up because of Red Ken’s empire which is ever growing, though! It is true that they receive more grant, but they are stuck at the funding floor just like the Royal Borough.

For some reason our visit has occupied the minds of our local Liberal Democrats, who, at Tuesday’s Budget Council had obviously been doing (or had been given) research into current issues in the London Borough (as if this were at all relevant). Our grants are totally different, but we can use what we learnt in Wandsworth to keep the pressure on our Council tax more “down” than “up”.

Here is Cllr Heaster holding ConservativeHome‘s award for low tax.

Winning ConservativeHome’s Low Tax award 

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