Calls for council tax rise rejected

By Rob George Thursday 14 February 2013 Updated: 15/02 07:58

CALLS to add more than £20 a year to the average council tax bill to help bolster services have been rejected.

Labour councillors on Worcestershire County Council wanted a 1.99 per cent rise - equivalent to 40p a week extra on the average Band D bill.

They claimed it would raise £2.1million to pay for schemes including boosting bus services and the reintroduction of pre-9.30am bus travel for the elderly and disabled.

But the ruling Conservative group rejected the call and instead voted to freeze the county council's portion of the bill for a third successive year.

During the debate Labour councillor Coun Alan Amos said: “Tory/Lib Dem cuts are all about saving money in the short term, nothing to do with building a harmonious and positive society.

“This is a choice – a very clear choice – between investing in our young people, looking after our old people, helping people of working age get to and from work or 40 pence a week."

But council leader Coun Adrian Hardman criticised the proposals and said Labour "truly are the party of tax and spend".

“I know when Labour were in power they stopped teaching history but I didn't know they were rewriting it,” he added.

The Labour proposals were rejected as were Liberal Democrat plans to invest in young people's bus travel and moves towards introducing the Living Wage at the council.

Share This

Popular »

1 Work begins on former Russell and Dorrell site

2 Buzz builds as The Hive nears completion

3 Arrivederci as restaurant shuts its doors

More news »

Still time to have say on war commemorations

PEOPLE have until the end of the month

Worcester is the height of fashion

A HISTORIC corner of Worcester was the height

No trace of horse meat in county's school meals

TESTS for horse meat in school meals across

More than 680 people caught without TV licence

MORE THAN 680 people were caught watching TV

Regional news »


Stratford Observer
Branching out for charity

CARING Stratford residents can remember a loved one and help ...

Bromsgrove Standard
Development of key Bromsgrove town centre sites a step closer

THE DEVELOPMENT of the two ends of Bromsgrove High Street ...

Redditch Standard
Separate police leaders a 'waste of money'

JOINING two police forces but keeping separate leadership teams could ...

Evesham Observer
Festive fare at fayre

HUNDREDS of pounds was raised when a Vale village hosted ...