Monday, 11 February 2013
Labour Budget Changes – Opportunity to REDUCE Council Tax Missed
The Thanet District Council Labour administration have missed a rare opportunity to REDUCE the level of Council Tax paid by Thanet residents in the new financial year.
Funding provided to the Council by the Conservative lead coalition for the 2013/14 budget had allowed for a 3rd year in a row of nil Council Tax increase, but as always the Labour administration have chosen to add unnecessary spending to the budget; the equivalent of 2% Council Tax.
Martin Wise, Shadow Member for Finance, stated “Labour have added “nice to have” spending to the Council’s costs, including to confirm the 4.8% increase to the allowance they awarded themselves last year, rather than to give something back to Thanet residents. There is no justifiable reason why the Council Tax could not have been reduced by 2%, a relatively small sum in monetary terms, but hugely significant as a matter of principle”.
“The reason our country is saddled with a huge annual financial deficit for which we are all now paying, is that Labour racked up public spending to unsustainable levels with exactly the kind of “nice to have” spending we are seeing in Thanet District Council’s spending”.
“There is no reason why new spending should be added in these difficult times, especially when all it does is to make life more comfortable for the Labour cabinet or Council officers”.