MP Jake Berry backs offer of council tax freeze

MP Jake Berry backs offer of council tax freeze

MP Jake Berry backs offer of council tax freeze

First published in News

DARWEN MP Jake Berry has urged the council to freeze council tax and take advantage of an offer of funding from the Government.

It comes as Lancashire County Council announced a two per cent rise in council tax for residents elsewhere in East Lancashire.

In a letter sent to the leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, Coun Kate Hollern, Mr Berry said: “As you will be aware, the chancellor of the exchequer has announced that funding will again be available for all councils who choose to freeze council tax.

“I would like to take this oppoertunity to strongly urge Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council to accept this funding in order to freeze council tax for my constituents.

“A council tax freeze would provide welcome relief for families and hardworiking people across Darwen and I would be grateful if you could confirm the council’s current intentions regarding this matter.”

Darwen Town Council has already announced it will freeze its portion of the council tax precept.

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2:44pm Mon 13 Jan 14

CapitaBackHander says...

Seriously, how can it be anything other than a REDUCTION? I don't get what I pay for now! The roads/pavement have not been cleaned all autumn and certain mugs have had to clean the street while paying for others to do it. The roads have NOT been resurfaced. The local swimming baths have the water cold to save costs (which are not passed on). The local bowling green was not maintained by the council this season. Street signs are filthy and not maintained - including sharp deviation signs. Terrible and wrong advice given by Jobcentre on numerous occasions too many (not council but hey)....
REDUCTION is well over due.
Seriously, how can it be anything other than a REDUCTION? I don't get what I pay for now! The roads/pavement have not been cleaned all autumn and certain mugs have had to clean the street while paying for others to do it. The roads have NOT been resurfaced. The local swimming baths have the water cold to save costs (which are not passed on). The local bowling green was not maintained by the council this season. Street signs are filthy and not maintained - including sharp deviation signs. Terrible and wrong advice given by Jobcentre on numerous occasions too many (not council but hey).... REDUCTION is well over due. CapitaBackHander
  • Score: 6

6:32pm Mon 13 Jan 14

louderfasterlonger says...

Where is the story ? The last time council taxes rose by more than the Police precept was in 2010 when the Conservative led coallition was in charge. The current Labour Group havent raised it since in setting the next 3 budgets and dont look likely to this time. Or is this to get the headline "Darwen MP victorious in getting Council Tax frozen". Come on Jake.. give us some credit !
Where is the story ? The last time council taxes rose by more than the Police precept was in 2010 when the Conservative led coallition was in charge. The current Labour Group havent raised it since in setting the next 3 budgets and dont look likely to this time. Or is this to get the headline "Darwen MP victorious in getting Council Tax frozen". Come on Jake.. give us some credit ! louderfasterlonger
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8:42pm Mon 13 Jan 14

happycyclist says...

CapitaBackHander wrote:
Seriously, how can it be anything other than a REDUCTION? I don't get what I pay for now! The roads/pavement have not been cleaned all autumn and certain mugs have had to clean the street while paying for others to do it. The roads have NOT been resurfaced. The local swimming baths have the water cold to save costs (which are not passed on). The local bowling green was not maintained by the council this season. Street signs are filthy and not maintained - including sharp deviation signs. Terrible and wrong advice given by Jobcentre on numerous occasions too many (not council but hey)....
REDUCTION is well over due.
Good points.
[quote][p][bold]CapitaBackHander[/bold] wrote: Seriously, how can it be anything other than a REDUCTION? I don't get what I pay for now! The roads/pavement have not been cleaned all autumn and certain mugs have had to clean the street while paying for others to do it. The roads have NOT been resurfaced. The local swimming baths have the water cold to save costs (which are not passed on). The local bowling green was not maintained by the council this season. Street signs are filthy and not maintained - including sharp deviation signs. Terrible and wrong advice given by Jobcentre on numerous occasions too many (not council but hey).... REDUCTION is well over due.[/p][/quote]Good points. happycyclist
  • Score: 3

1:38am Thu 16 Jan 14

english rose 1 says...

happycyclist wrote:
CapitaBackHander wrote:
Seriously, how can it be anything other than a REDUCTION? I don't get what I pay for now! The roads/pavement have not been cleaned all autumn and certain mugs have had to clean the street while paying for others to do it. The roads have NOT been resurfaced. The local swimming baths have the water cold to save costs (which are not passed on). The local bowling green was not maintained by the council this season. Street signs are filthy and not maintained - including sharp deviation signs. Terrible and wrong advice given by Jobcentre on numerous occasions too many (not council but hey)....
REDUCTION is well over due.
Good points.
Bad point actually !
The local services mentioned by capitabackhander were funded in 3 ways:

Council Tax (about 18%)
Business Rates (about 20%)
Govt Grant (about 62%).

The Govt has taken away about 40% of the grant so that means Council Tax and Business Rates would have to increase enourmously to keep the same level of service. But the Govt has frozen Business Rates and, effectively, frozen Council Tax. Hence the deterioration in services as described above.
*
In effect, Council Tax has been cut (by inflation) as it hasn't risen for 3 or 4 years now.
*
Ironically folk in Darwen voted to INCREASE Council Tax (by about £12) when they voted to establish Darwen Town Council.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CapitaBackHander[/bold] wrote: Seriously, how can it be anything other than a REDUCTION? I don't get what I pay for now! The roads/pavement have not been cleaned all autumn and certain mugs have had to clean the street while paying for others to do it. The roads have NOT been resurfaced. The local swimming baths have the water cold to save costs (which are not passed on). The local bowling green was not maintained by the council this season. Street signs are filthy and not maintained - including sharp deviation signs. Terrible and wrong advice given by Jobcentre on numerous occasions too many (not council but hey).... REDUCTION is well over due.[/p][/quote]Good points.[/p][/quote]Bad point actually ! The local services mentioned by capitabackhander were funded in 3 ways: Council Tax (about 18%) Business Rates (about 20%) Govt Grant (about 62%). The Govt has taken away about 40% of the grant so that means Council Tax and Business Rates would have to increase enourmously to keep the same level of service. But the Govt has frozen Business Rates and, effectively, frozen Council Tax. Hence the deterioration in services as described above. * In effect, Council Tax has been cut (by inflation) as it hasn't risen for 3 or 4 years now. * Ironically folk in Darwen voted to INCREASE Council Tax (by about £12) when they voted to establish Darwen Town Council. english rose 1
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