Decision to be made today on Hull council tax

Published: Thursday 25th February 2016 by KCFM

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Hull’s Liberal Democrat leader says the city council should take more responsibility over the financial situation they’ve found themselves in.

It’s as councillors vote today on whether to approve a council tax rise of nearly 4%, with half of the planned increase expected to be spent on adult social care.

But Councillor Mike Ross is calling for a council tax freeze: “It’s simply not right that at a time when every penny counts, the council is putting millions of pounds into contingencies.

“Residents should not have a 4% council tax rise imposed on them whilst Labour councillors borrow millions of pounds to pay for pet projects.

“We will be calling for a freeze to council tax and for a reduction in contingencies and borrowing.”

Hull City Council leader, Stephen Brady, says Hull has seen big cuts to council budgets: “The Government have imposed cuts of £104 million, or 42%, since 2010/11.

“By 2019/20 this will have risen to £137 million, or 55%. In 2010 the council had a budget of £247 million, which will be £110 million in 2020.

“The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement saw a further £11 million taken from our funding for 2016/17 and will result in further cuts of £33 million between now and 2020, so, far from being the ‘end of austerity’ as was announced in the autumn, there is a continuation of the Government’s long-term austerity plan.”


Published: Thursday 25th February 2016 by KCFM

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