Brent Council have announced a council tax rise coming into effect in April.
Following a six-year freeze, and in line with government expectations, the council says council tax will rise by 3.99%, meaning an average Band D household in Brent will pay an extra 45p per week from April.
The decision, which it says comes after weeks of consultation, was made at the full council meeting on Monday (February, 22) and follows George Osborne's implication that local authorities could not cover the cost of adult social care services from existing budgets.
Around 86%t of authorities are expected to increase council tax, according to research from the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) which was released last week.
Ealing Council and Hounslow are two of only a few local councils in the country to announce a council tax freeze this year . Thanks to a reduction in the Mayor of London's share of the council tax, residents there will actually pay slightly less for 2016/17.
Councils 'no longer properly funded'
Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Muhammed Butt said: “Councils across the country, including Brent, have made significant savings over recent years and we are now in a situation where councils are no longer properly funded to provide services like caring for our vulnerable and older residents.
“This means that, as well delivering savings, some 86% of councils across the UK are now having to raise bills to help bridge the funding gap.”
The council say they have endured cuts of £117million since 2010 and needs to cut an additional £60million by 2019, leaving critical services exposed.
The rise is expected to raise around £4million a year with around a half going towards care for the elderly.
"We will continue to take a more business like approach in planning our finances and providing what local people depend on the most,” Cllr Butt added.
“This will include adopting a more commercially minded approach and more partnership working with voluntary groups, contractors and residents.
“We will also continue to protect the council tax support scheme for those residents on modest incomes to ensure that those less able to pay council tax continue to be supported."