Kensington & Chelsea cabinet agrees first council tax rise in eight years

Kensington & Chelsea cabinet agrees first council tax rise in eight years

  The first increase in council tax for eight years was amongst the budget proposals recently agreed by the Kensington and Chelsea Cabinet. The 1.9 percent increase will, if the budget is approved by the full Council on 8 March, contribute £1.5 million to the Council in 2017-18, money that...

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Dark Tax

Dark Tax

By John Handley and Douglas Shanks One day, sooner than they might think, like knights of old I will give up pretending to live the middle-class dream, and join the crusade for justice in tax. Do the good people that I believe most MPs no doubt are, honestly believe that...

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UK Solar Industry avoids 400% rise in VAT

Britain’s solar industry looks set to avoid a 400% VAT increase, after the government backs down in the face of a parliamentary rebellion.   Solar panel installations were set to increase by nearly £1,000 per household, as part of EU rules which meant that the industry would have to raise...

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Changes to state pension take effect 6th April

  From the 6th April, a new and “simplified” single tier state pension, will replace the former basic and additional state pensions.    In guidance about the changes to state pensions, the Government has claimed that the new state pension is designed to be “a clearer, single payment for the...

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The Dark Borough

The growth of absentee homeowners is a growing problem for Kensington & Chelsea and, increasingly, Westminster as foreign investors buy properties and leave them dark and uninhabited to accrue value. The problem is heightened all the more by the shortage of housing and the ever rising value of property in...

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