Voting on Lancashire's 2pc council tax rise

Blackburn Citizen: Voting on Lancashire's 2pc council tax rise Voting on Lancashire's 2pc council tax rise

TORIES will today bid to block an increase in household taxes proposed by the Labour leadership of Lancashire County Council.

If the minority administration gets its way, the council tax bill from county hall for six boroughs in East Lancashire will rise by just under two per cent for the year from April.

Labour has proposed a 1.99 per cent increase for its major portion of household rates in Burnley, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Pendle, Chorley and Rossendale, adding 41.5p a week to bills.

Geoff Driver, county Tory leader, last night pledged to oppose the move accusing Labour of ‘irresponsibility’. This leaves Labour depending on six Liberal Democrats this morning deciding to back the rise, to get it through today’s annual budget meeting.

The increase would raise £7.3 million producing an annual charge of £1,107 for county services for the average ‘Band D’ household in Lancashire.

Coun Driver said: “We are totally opposed to this rise.

“It is typical Labour irresponsibility, hitting average households with higher bills while cutting services to the vulnerable.”

Lib Dem chief whip and Craven councillor David Whipp said: “We will decide in the morning whether to support Labour’s budget. We have won significant concessions such as the reversal of proposed cuts in subsidies to bus services and winter gritting.”

County deputy leader and finance boss David Borrow said: “This 1.99 per cent increase would mean asking people to pay slightly less council tax than they were paying two years ago, but the extra funds would make a real difference to local services.”

The Lancashire police levy will rise by just under two per cent adding £2 a month to bills but the county fire authority has frozen its ‘precept’.

While Burnley is proposing to increase its council tax by 1.99 per cent, the other boroughs are set to freeze their household rates, although Pendle’s final decision is still under cross-party negotiation.

Blackburn with Darwen borough, a unitary council independent of Lancashire county, is also expected to freeze its bills.

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2:48pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Noiticer says...

We can't expect to maintain local services and buildings without some increase in Council Tax or we will end up paying more for costly repairs later and many vunerable people depend on their local authority and where would we be without decent libraries, art galleries and museums which make for a civilised society.
We can't expect to maintain local services and buildings without some increase in Council Tax or we will end up paying more for costly repairs later and many vunerable people depend on their local authority and where would we be without decent libraries, art galleries and museums which make for a civilised society. Noiticer

4:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

the white witch says...

Why should peoples tax bills rise when the police for one is wasting money on cars, the story in the telegraph stated this ( Lancashire Police spent £2m on unmarked cars - second highest in country) so why should the public pay an extra £2 on the tax bill for the police to run around in so many unmarked cars, if anything it should be the fire service that deserves the extra money.
Why should peoples tax bills rise when the police for one is wasting money on cars, the story in the telegraph stated this ( Lancashire Police spent £2m on unmarked cars - second highest in country) so why should the public pay an extra £2 on the tax bill for the police to run around in so many unmarked cars, if anything it should be the fire service that deserves the extra money. the white witch

4:55pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

It's great how we have had our services split up, all these 1.99 per cent rises, one from the council, one from the ever wasteful police, this year the Fire service hasn't put up there fees, then there's water, gas and electric, imagine all these services together, one big 10% rise! and sod it! then the people would revolt.
It's great how we have had our services split up, all these 1.99 per cent rises, one from the council, one from the ever wasteful police, this year the Fire service hasn't put up there fees, then there's water, gas and electric, imagine all these services together, one big 10% rise! and sod it! then the people would revolt. Lancs - pensioner

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