Sadiq Khan is set to increase Council Tax in London by 3.6%, doubling his proposed increase.
The changes will be implemented next year in a bid to reduce the number of violent crimes within the Capital. The spike in council tax bills is set to fund the Metropolitan Police to increase the number of officers on the streets. The London Fire Brigade will benefit from the increase too, as will youth projects in order to deter those taking part in crimes.
The people of London will be paying an average of £332.07 per household to City Hall.
This announcement comes after the Mayor had been subject to criticism in regards to the increase in crime during a public meeting in Wood Green.
Speaking on the issue of violent crime in London, Khan recently said: “A stone’s throw from my house, a teenager lost his life. It’s personal to me. Of all the issues I deal with as Mayor, this is by far the hardest, both in terms of the toll on our community and how difficult it is to tackle.
“The truth is there is no easy fix. I will always be honest with Londoners. This is a problem you can’t solve overnight.”
Many have taken to social to express dismay of the changes, arguing that those less fortunate have not been considered in this decision.