Let’s talk about council tax.
Council tax pays for lots of important things, and is necessary to keep services running.
Councils deliver vital local services to our communities, but their budgets have been slashed by Conservative cuts. This has led to a deterioration of local services, from bin collection to road repair, and the loss of important community assets such as libraries, youth centres and women’s refuges.
Tory-controlled North Kesteven District Council voted to put council tax up every year for the past six years:
2013/14 – 3.66%
2014/15 – 1.93%
2015/16 – 1.51%
2016/17 – 3.41%
2017/18 – 3.30%
2018/19 – 3.20%
2019/20 – a 3.10% increase is due to be voted on by the Council
For the past three (soon to be four) years they’ve put it up by just shy of the maximum amount required without going to the people in a referendum.
What is there to show for this?
The local Tories in North Kesteven will tell you that the increases in council tax have been a necessary measure due to the cuts in central government funding.
But wait a minute. Do these Tories in North Kesteven belong to a different party than the Tories in government in Westminster? Of course not. They belong to the same political party.
So while many in Waddington West and North Kesteven are struggling to make ends meet, the Tories who control North Kesteven District Council are voting year after year to increase council tax. All because the Tories in Westminster who are in the same party are cutting money that the local authorities need to do their job.
The question needs to be asked why the local Tories are letting the Tories in Westminster get away with this. After all, they are members of the same party.
Tories: taking with one hand, and taking with the other.