Lancashire County Council announces surprise council tax cut

Lancashire Telegraph: Council leader Geoff Driver Council leader Geoff Driver

LANCASHIRE county yesterday dramatically cut its share of the council tax by two per cent from April.

The reduction, announced at the authority’s budget meeting, affects residents of Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Ribble Valley and Chorley.

County Tory leader Geoff Driver also revealed £15m of new investment, including four extra police and community support officers for each of the six boroughs.

His surprise announcement was denounced as an ‘election gimmick’ by opposition leaders at county hall, with Lancashire residents going to the polls in May.

Labour’s Jenny Mein and Liberal Democrat Bill Winlow warned voters would pay in higher bills in future.

Residents in the lowest-value Band A properties will see the county element of council tax of £738.87 for 2012/13 fall by £14.78 in the year from April 1.

For an average family home in band D that element of £1,108.30 will be cut by £22.17. More expensive properties will see bigger reductions.

All six East Lancashire boroughs receiving services from the county have frozen their ‘rates’ as has the fire and rescue service.

Lancashire Police Authority is raising its part of the council tax by two per cent. The all-purpose Blackburn with Darwen borough, unaffected by the county cut, has frozen its element.

Coun Driver’s plans include a new £5m centre of excellence to care for people with dementia in Garstang near Preston and a £3.3m programme to retrain people who have lost their jobs.

He said: “It has been a tough period for local government and there are even more difficult times ahead, but families in East Lancashire are struggling to make ends meet and we want to help.”Coun Mein said: “This is an election gimmick. People across East Lancashire will suffer in higher county bills for this financial black hole in the future.”

Rossendale Tory MP Jake Berry said: “I am delighted. It shows what a well-managed Tory council can achieve.”

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12:55pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Noiticer says...

When our roads are full of potholes, schools need upgrading, old people need sheltered accommodation etc, is this a wise move? By all means keep Council Tax frozen if that is necessary but the money cut could be used for a thousand and one projects. We will have to pay up some time just as money had to be spent on schools, parks, hospitals etc. after the last Tory Governments let them rot.
When our roads are full of potholes, schools need upgrading, old people need sheltered accommodation etc, is this a wise move? By all means keep Council Tax frozen if that is necessary but the money cut could be used for a thousand and one projects. We will have to pay up some time just as money had to be spent on schools, parks, hospitals etc. after the last Tory Governments let them rot. Noiticer

1:01pm Fri 22 Feb 13

shytalk says...

UKIP have arrived.
UKIP have arrived. shytalk

1:25pm Fri 22 Feb 13

chris283 says...

VOTE UKIP
VOTE UKIP chris283

5:26pm Fri 22 Feb 13

ste.g says...

ukip for me
ukip for me ste.g

5:26pm Fri 22 Feb 13

ste.g says...

ukip for me
ukip for me ste.g

8:50pm Fri 22 Feb 13

rilistic says...

Well Done LCC - about time somebody thinks about the council tax payers. Vote UKIP and you'll get Labour. They double your council tax.
Well Done LCC - about time somebody thinks about the council tax payers. Vote UKIP and you'll get Labour. They double your council tax. rilistic

7:26pm Sat 23 Feb 13

Jack Herer says...

Noiticer wrote:
When our roads are full of potholes, schools need upgrading, old people need sheltered accommodation etc, is this a wise move? By all means keep Council Tax frozen if that is necessary but the money cut could be used for a thousand and one projects. We will have to pay up some time just as money had to be spent on schools, parks, hospitals etc. after the last Tory Governments let them rot.
The roads were still full of potholes with 10% year on year on year rises under Labour.

All that got better during that time was fat cat wages, in the public and private sector.

I genuinely don't see what's wrong with these proposals from Coun Driver. A reduction in council tax with an increase in front line services is once again surely looking like good work and sensible finances from our local Tories.

No complaints from this little corner of Lancashire.
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: When our roads are full of potholes, schools need upgrading, old people need sheltered accommodation etc, is this a wise move? By all means keep Council Tax frozen if that is necessary but the money cut could be used for a thousand and one projects. We will have to pay up some time just as money had to be spent on schools, parks, hospitals etc. after the last Tory Governments let them rot.[/p][/quote]The roads were still full of potholes with 10% year on year on year rises under Labour. All that got better during that time was fat cat wages, in the public and private sector. I genuinely don't see what's wrong with these proposals from Coun Driver. A reduction in council tax with an increase in front line services is once again surely looking like good work and sensible finances from our local Tories. No complaints from this little corner of Lancashire. Jack Herer

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