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City Matters 139

FINE FRENCH RESTAURANTS From snails to soufflé, our continental cousins know how to create delicious dishes. We’ve scoured the Square Mile for some of the best on Page 16 SPOTLIGHT ON CURAÇAO Sight set on warmer climes? We take a look at the beautiful Caribbean island of Curaçao and all it has to offer. Read the in-depth feature on Page 18-19 March 16 - April 12 2022 The City of London’s independent newspaper with 50,000 readers Edition 139 City lays out post COVID priorities Council tax frozen in 2022/23 budget but increase in rates outlined to support Square Mile police services COUNCIL tax will be frozen and money set aside to address “increasing demand” on police services as part of the City’s 2022/23 budget. Elected Members of the Court of Common Council discussed a number of proposals relating to the coming year’s financial allocations, with a focus on supporting the Square Mile’s recovery from the pandemic. They agreed on an increase in the adult social care precept of 1 percent from 1 April to help in meeting additional costs arising from social care and tackling homelessness. Council tax will otherwise be frozen in 2022/23, while the business rates premium – used to support the City of London Police, security and contingency planning activity within the Square Mile – will rise by 0.4p in the pound in 2022/23 to 1.2p in the pound. Increasing demands on the City of London Police include overseeing protest activity, a changing night-time economy and evolving cyber threats, according the Court of Common Council. The City said that the budget will help keep the Corporation on a “sustainable footing over the medium-term”. A spokesperson said: “Elected Members have agreed to take steps that will ensure our medium-term finances are kept on a sustainable footing and allocate resources to support our post-pandemic priorities. “This will also help to deliver a safe and secure recovery across the Square Mile in light of growing demands on the City of London Police. “Delivering this robust budget will help us to provide high quality, efficient services for workers, residents and visitors. “We are committed to building back better and ensuring the Square Mile flourishes for generations to come.” City Police What’s on in the City P10 Meet Tomas Lidakevicius P20 Mother’s Day gift guide P21 London Live, The Capital’s TV Channel For Great Entertainment Freeview 8 Sky 117 Virgin 159

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