It is not good enough for the Leader of the Council to say the Conservatives aim to keep 2002/3 the Council Tax increase down to a single percentage figure.

The increase should be no higher than the annual R.P.I. increase. His party discontinued the link with annual wage increases as the basis of the Old Age Pension increase.

So let us have no more double standards. After all, not many Bromley Council tax payers are Members of Parlia-ment who have enjoyed a recent 11 per cent pay increase.

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Many payers receive wage increases based upon the R.P.I. increase.

Will the council be publishing its response to the Gov-ernment's demand for an explanation of the recent council tax in-creases?

G W Williams

Ullswater Close

Bromley