Council tax rise under fire from Plaid councillors

26/02/2015

Plaid Cymru councillors have condemned a 3.9% rise in council tax pushed through last night by the ruling Labour group.

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru, said: "While we recognise that some people do not pay council tax, for those who do council tax is one of the biggest financial commitments that they have to face.

"In fact a survey published last week stated that across Britain, council tax has even overtaken credit cards as the main reason why people are falling into debt.

"Any rise is too much but the proposals of the Labour administration represent a 70% increase over the 2.35% rise they forecast last year. This represents yet more broken promises to the households and the electorate of Caerphilly county borough.

"With more consideration the council tax rise that this administration is imposing on the people of the borough could have been far lower and helped people, many of whom have not seen wages rises despite talk of this so-called recovery."

The Plaid group also reiterated its call for the Cabinet to be slimmed down by two posts, saving an ongoing sum of around £80,000 a year.

"Frontline services are in grave danger. For example, the post for an environmental health officer, a vital service to the public, has only had a temporary reprieve.

"We don’t want the authority to lose any posts but just one of the higher paid managerial posts could pay for two or more jobs on the frontline. We don’t believe enough been done to slim down the management structure."

Councillor Mann criticised the Labour for steadfastly refusing to re-visit the senior pay debacle. "This could save sums in excess of £250,000 per annum. How many millions of pounds liability do we face - probably between £2m-3m?

The Plaid group voted against the budget.