A poll by Savanta and the Center for London think tank found that 46% of those polled in the capital saw council tax as their top local election priority, closely followed by national issues such as the London scandal. partygate (36%) and the quality of local government. social services (30 percent).
More than half of London’s 33 borough councils increased their share of council tax by 2.99% earlier this year – the maximum increase allowed by the government without requiring a referendum.
Along with the Mayor of London’s increase in council tax paid by Londoners, the average council tax bill in most boroughs has risen by around £70 a year.
While council tax was identified as the top priority for voters heading to the polls in May, the Center for London survey found controversial issues such as low-traffic areas were less likely to be a top priority.
Only 12% of respondents ranked traffic control measures as a key priority likely to influence their vote.
Nick Bowes, chief executive of the Center for London, said that although the issue of low-traffic neighborhoods is “polarising”, it “doesn’t seem to have much influence on how people will vote”.
Mr Bowes said: “Even though local parties campaign on local issues, local elections have never been all about garbage collection, parking, schools and potholes.
“Often they become proxies for a referendum on the government party nationwide. This is why our poll is fascinating, as it shows that Londoners place the most importance on the amount of council tax they pay when it comes to who they will vote for in the upcoming election in may.
“It’s also a stark reminder of how many people are feeling pressure on their incomes due to the steep rise in the cost of living. London’s poorest households are already facing rising heating costs by their homes and getting around the city, with council tax hikes clearly at the forefront of people’s concerns.