Council Tax: Government’s Proposed Increase — 25 Jan 2021 at 18:49
That this House calls on the Prime Minister to drop the Government’s plans to force local councils to increase council tax in the middle of a pandemic by providing councils with funding to meet the Government’s promise to do whatever is necessary to support councils in the fight against covid-19.
“notes that council tax doubled under the last Labour Government, but has fallen in real terms in England since 2010; asserts that council budgets are a local decision for elected councillors and mayors, but local taxpayers are now protected from excessive council tax increases, a policy opposed by the LGA Labour Group; disagrees with the Labour Party’s ‘Land for the Many’ proposals to hit hard-working families and pensioners with a new homes tax; notes that the biggest increases in council tax have been under the Labour Government in Wales thanks to their council tax revaluation and lack of referendum protections; welcomes the fact that Conservative councils set the lowest average Band D rates; and further welcomes the additional government funding of over £30 billion provided by the Government to support councils during the Covid-19 pandemic.”.
“we are disappointed that the ability to increase locally determined Council Tax has been reduced and that”
“can…only be increased by 2%”-
“Now is not the time to raise taxes; the economy is still weak and the recovery only just starting.”
“The government stands ready to do whatever is necessary to support councils in their response to coronavirus, the Local Government Secretary confirmed to council leaders today (16 March 2020).”
“The opposition had asked for a serious debate, which is exactly what parliament is for.”
“Labour…demanding that the Government reverse its plans to force councils to raise council tax”-
“an effective council delivering good quality citizen-focused services to its residents.”
“There is financial stability in the organisation and the Council has a proven track record of delivering savings while maintaining front-line services over a long period of time-this is impressive.”
“do whatever is necessary to support councils”.
“plans to force local councils to increase council tax”-
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
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|Party||Majority (Aye)||Minority (No)||Both||Turnout|
|Lab||197 (+2 tell)||0 (+2 tell)||0||99.5%|
|John Spellar||Warley||Lab (minister)||tellno|
|Liz Twist||Blaydon||Lab (minister)||tellno|