Residents will face 25% rise in council tax under Labour, warns Plaid leader

19/02/2018

Residents in Caerphilly county face paying a whopping £250 A YEAR MORE in council tax by 2022-23 --- under plans drawn up by Labour, according to Plaid C ymru.

Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, says a rise in bills of almost 25% will see the Band D rate increase from £1011.96 to £1262.29.

A report which will go to the full council on Thursday, February 22, suggests an annual rise in council tax of 4.52% every year through to 2022-13.

In a bid to reduce the impact on hard-pressed residents, Councillor Colin Mann is calling for the proposed increase to be reduced from 4.52% to 3% which would match the rate of inflation. He said under £1,000,000 which was needed to make the cut could be found from the Capital Earmarked Reserve.  Around £5.5 million has been put into this fund, in spite of the fact that the capital programme is never fully spent.

“I am calling on Labour to make this cut.  They say they are not happy with their proposals.  They now need to prove it.  Council tax bills are a huge demand on everyone’s household bill.  We must bear in mind that we have so many people who are really struggling. Remember the ever-increasing number of people – many of them working - who rely on food banks.”

Councillor Colin Mann said: “Plaid Cymru does not believe there is need to increase council tax by as much £45 a year for those whose homes are in Band D, particularly when it is way above the inflation rate and people are not getting wage rises anywhere near 4.52%.

“The budget report also reveals that there is a lot more pain in store for local people under Labour plans which would mean they would pay £250 a year more by 2022-23 as a result of 4.52% increases every year from 2018-19.”

Councillor Colin Mann also called on the Labour-run administration to: 

  • Not cut support to Age Concern, instead saving the money by   not supporting the Velothon (£20,000) which causes huge disruption to both residents and businesses in the area.
  • Maintain permanently the 50/50 scheme where school improvements are funded 50/50 by the council.  This scheme is very valued by schools and has enabled a lot of essential work to be done.
  • Take action to tackle poor school attainment, which is particularly worrying in our secondary schools.
  • Axe all cuts to the roads maintenance budgets.  Deteriorating roads will lead to increased claims from motorists and be largely self-defeating.