Council tax rise is wrong decision, say opposition

Cllr Roger Hayes, left, and Cllr David Greenhalgh

Cllr Roger Hayes, left, and Cllr David Greenhalgh

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

OPPOSITION leaders have said Labour’s call to increase council tax for Bolton is the wrong decision for residents.

Speaking at yesterday’s meeting of Bolton Council’s cabinet, the Liberal Democrats and Conservatives expressed their dismay.

Cllr David Greenhalgh, leader of the Bolton Conservatives, said he was “disappointed and shocked” that the Labour group was looking to raise council tax.

He added: “It’s not what we wanted. We will continue to argue for a council tax freeze, which is possible due to the £1.6 million surplus within the budget, not to mention the one-off revenue sources mentioned at cabinet.

“When we still have a £1.6 million surplus I think a lot of residents will question why that saving has not been passed on to them.

“There’s a million pounds on offer from the government, and it would have been the right time to take that.

“Cllr Morris’s plans are all very vague at the moment, and we want to know that this money is going to be given on the basis of priority and need rather than areas that fit the criteria. There needs to be a fair distribution across the borough.

“We have spoken in favour of the living wage — I think it’s something we all strive for. We could maybe dispute the timing but we would support moving towards the living wage.

“However, we have to be prudent.”

Leader of the Liberal Democrat Cllr Roger Hayes said a rise was “predictable”.

He added: “They’ve gone for a council tax rise and although it’s a relatively low one I think they could have managed without it “I’m pleased to see that money has been earmarked for investment in the roads, but more could be done.

“I support the increase for the lowest paid in the council in principle, but we have to think about whether it is a priority at this time.”

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6:17pm Tue 18 Feb 14

steveG says...

The level of council tax is unsustainable at current prices and the authorities know it. The services provided are substandard and in the northern industrial towns a high percentage of people do not pay or pay little. The answer is to reduce services and work forces throughout public services.
The level of council tax is unsustainable at current prices and the authorities know it. The services provided are substandard and in the northern industrial towns a high percentage of people do not pay or pay little. The answer is to reduce services and work forces throughout public services. steveG
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7:17pm Tue 25 Feb 14

holloway_david says...

I am not affiliated to any political party but Councillor Morris and his controlling labour party need to think again about putting up council tax if they wish to retain their control and remain in office because I for one will not be voting for anyone that represents Labour if the decision to raise council tax goes forward and no doubt many more people in Bolton will feel the same.
Councillor Morris states that a lot of people have told him that they do not want any more cuts but he has not asked the question will Bolton people be able to afford an increase it seems to me he does not care.
I am not affiliated to any political party but Councillor Morris and his controlling labour party need to think again about putting up council tax if they wish to retain their control and remain in office because I for one will not be voting for anyone that represents Labour if the decision to raise council tax goes forward and no doubt many more people in Bolton will feel the same. Councillor Morris states that a lot of people have told him that they do not want any more cuts but he has not asked the question will Bolton people be able to afford an increase it seems to me he does not care. holloway_david
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7:28pm Mon 17 Mar 14

gazza898 says...

holloway_david wrote:
I am not affiliated to any political party but Councillor Morris and his controlling labour party need to think again about putting up council tax if they wish to retain their control and remain in office because I for one will not be voting for anyone that represents Labour if the decision to raise council tax goes forward and no doubt many more people in Bolton will feel the same.
Councillor Morris states that a lot of people have told him that they do not want any more cuts but he has not asked the question will Bolton people be able to afford an increase it seems to me he does not care.
We should all refuse to pay any rise, Do they think ordinary people have money trees? our house hold budget cannot stand another rise we have
struggled to pay last years council tax, we have recieved no pay rises to combat this rise or any other rise at that eg: gas electric water food

yet if you complain you are threatened with your liberty you must pay what the council asks for as their budget requires and needs it .
They can cut their cloth you apparantly cannot, you must pay or go to jail directly jail do not collect and do not collect a pay rise unlike Bolton council workers Democracy what a joke
[quote][p][bold]holloway_david[/bold] wrote: I am not affiliated to any political party but Councillor Morris and his controlling labour party need to think again about putting up council tax if they wish to retain their control and remain in office because I for one will not be voting for anyone that represents Labour if the decision to raise council tax goes forward and no doubt many more people in Bolton will feel the same. Councillor Morris states that a lot of people have told him that they do not want any more cuts but he has not asked the question will Bolton people be able to afford an increase it seems to me he does not care.[/p][/quote]We should all refuse to pay any rise, Do they think ordinary people have money trees? our house hold budget cannot stand another rise we have struggled to pay last years council tax, we have recieved no pay rises to combat this rise or any other rise at that eg: gas electric water food yet if you complain you are threatened with your liberty you must pay what the council asks for as their budget requires and needs it . They can cut their cloth you apparantly cannot, you must pay or go to jail directly jail do not collect and do not collect a pay rise unlike Bolton council workers Democracy what a joke gazza898
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