The Conservative Group is working on a proposed alternative budget to the Council's budget in advance of the 19th February budget meeting. What do you think we should do?

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* 1. Tower Hamlets Council tax will go up by 3.99% from April (2% for adult social care + 1.99% for inflation = 3.99%). Inflation is forecast to be 1.7% next year (in December it was 1.4% CPI) What do you think the increase in Council tax should be? slide the bar left or right to the level at which you think the increase in tax should be?

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* 2. The Council complains about cuts in government grants. They can raise more money by substantially increasing Council tax beyond 3.99% (Tower Hamlets Council Tax is the 7th lowest in London). But to do so they need to seek your permission through a referendum. Should the Council organise such a referendum?

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* 3. The Conservative Group believes that Council tax increases should not exceed average wage growth in the area so that it does not become more expensive as a share of your household income. What do you think about this principle?

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* 4. The Council has a lot of money in reserves, for example, New Homes Bonus, a bonus from central government for building the most new homes in the country. We think that some of that money should be invested to achieve some of the following objectives, which do you think are the most important? this money can only be spent once, so choose carefully

  Not important Spend a little money Spend some money Spend a lot of money here Not sure
Climate change investment
Building new homes for key workers (Teachers, Medics, Police etc)
Infrastructure investment to support new homes
Generating an annual income to invest in future Council services

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* 5. As an example we have 3 ideas below of where to invest money. What do you think, have you got any ideas you want to add? these 3 ideas deliver multiple benefits so maximise the impact of £ invested

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Warrington Borough Council bought 2 solar farms – one to generate green electricity for Council buildings, 2nd to sell into National Grid to generate £ for Council services - helps with climate change + generating an income
Build or buy apartments for key workers (Police, Nurses, Doctors, Teachers, Fire Brigade) – to be rented out at subsidized rental levels to key workers, they still pay a rent - helps with recruitment problems schools and GP surgeries are suffering from + generating an income
Build a Borough-wide electric vehicle charging network & stations – charge at cost to residents to encourage electrical vehicle uptake, charge a profit to taxis & commercial vehicles - helps with climate change + generating an income

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* 6. Do you wish to be kept up to date?  if you give us your email we can send you a summary of the results at the end.

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