The Welsh Labour Government – as well as the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council – are being blamed by Penarth Assembly Member Andrew R T Davies for yet another inflation-busting increase in Council Tax – this time of 3.9%.
The Vale’s fourth successive above-inflation Council Tax increase was first reported by PDN on February 19th (see http://tinyurl.com/h84wwae) .
Andrew R T Davies (South Wales Cental) – who is the Leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly – lays some of the blame for this latest Vale Council Tax increase on the Welsh Labour Government . He says :- “We all appreciate the financial pressure that local authorities are under following the Welsh Labour Government’s cuts to the budget this year and Labour’s Finance Minister and Vale Assembly Member must bear some responsibility for this.”
He says “Householders across the Vale are getting a raw deal; plain and simple. Labour has the power to freeze council tax in Wales and Labour and has stubbornly refused to do so – again and again. Year after year English householders have benefited from a Conservative freeze [on Council Tax] , yet here, Labour ministers snub taxpayers and stand back and watch as bills rocket.”
Davies went on to say : “For over 17 years Labour ministers in Wales have reigned over soaring council tax and vastly inflated chief executive salaries. Householders deserve the support afforded to their English counterparts and Welsh Conservatives would provide it. Not only would a council tax freeze be a huge boost to the local economy, we want to put money back into the pockets of the people who know best how to spend it – families themselves.”