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Blackburn with Darwen council tax freeze rubber-stamped

Lancashire Telegraph: Jean Lancaster with the letter about the bailiffs Jean Lancaster with the letter about the bailiffs

POLITICIANS have agreed to freeze council tax in Blackburn with Darwen.

But bills in the borough will still rise slightly because of Lancashire Police imposing a rise of just under two per cent for its portion of the tax.

It means an average band D property will pay £1,486.46 in 2014/15 without any extra parish council precept of up to £5. Last year’s figure was £1,483.42.

It comes after the Lancashire Telegraph revealed thousands of families were in serious debt to the council over unpaid tax and were facing visits from bailiffs.

The council’s executive member for finance, Coun Andy Kay, said they could not strain the pockets of hard-pressed residents and families.

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However he blasted the government for a ‘culture of cuts’ which he said took £685 from each resident in the area. He said: “It is a major condemnation of government policies when the Red Cross need to distribute aid.

“Thousands of our residents need the help of the foodbank due to hardship and hunger. We do not believe it would be fair or reasonable in addition to this government’s harsh treatment of our residents that we could fairly add another burden so we are not recommending the raising of council tax.”

However Conservative leader Mike Lee defended the attack and said: “It is because of the previous administration that the whole country now finds it difficult to pay council tax. There is no thought while spending who is ultimately going to pay for it.”

While Burnley has imposed a council tax rise of just under two per cent, Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Chorley, Rossendale and Pendle froze their charges, as did the fire authority.

The government capped council tax at a maximum of a two per cent rise per council.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council leader Kate Hollern said the authority was facing up to cuts of £90million – 40 per cent of its budget – after Whitehall grant reductions.

The cuts include 500 council jobs being axed, old people’s homes shutting, children’s centres closing and leisure centre charges rising as hours reduce.

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11:26am Wed 5 Mar 14

woolywords says...

Any chance that the Council will increase it's financial support to the food banks in the area? Which it can do, as it claims this money from central government.
These places are becoming a more essential requirement for the survival of many people and therefore deserving of support.
Any chance that the Council will increase it's financial support to the food banks in the area? Which it can do, as it claims this money from central government. These places are becoming a more essential requirement for the survival of many people and therefore deserving of support. woolywords
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3:46pm Wed 5 Mar 14

jimpy0 says...

for people struggling it called sorting priorities, and changing your eating habits from takeaways etc .................. yes there are some truly struggling but the majority just take the p155.
for people struggling it called sorting priorities, and changing your eating habits from takeaways etc .................. yes there are some truly struggling but the majority just take the p155. jimpy0
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3:47pm Wed 5 Mar 14

jimpy0 says...

why do the plods get to raise their precept when drastically cutting services and paying for bent commisioners and new technology
why do the plods get to raise their precept when drastically cutting services and paying for bent commisioners and new technology jimpy0
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3:25pm Thu 6 Mar 14

hetty feather says...

I notice no mention of why blackburn council & its elected members decided to charge people on income support who are under 65 20% instead of accepting the additional funding from central govermnent that would have meant the same people would have a much lower 8.5 % charge like in Rossendale ?!?!!?
I notice no mention of why blackburn council & its elected members decided to charge people on income support who are under 65 20% instead of accepting the additional funding from central govermnent that would have meant the same people would have a much lower 8.5 % charge like in Rossendale ?!?!!? hetty feather
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