A former chairman of the Vale of Glamorgan Council has condemned the consecutive series of Council Tax increases imposed by the current Labour administration as “horrendous” .
Penarth Town Councillor Anthony Ernest (Conservative Plymouth Ward) was chairman of the Vale of Glamorgan County Borough Council from 2000 to 2001 and has twice been Mayor of Penarth. The Labour-run Vale Council is due to confirm another 3.9% Council Tax increase – the latest in a string of above-inflation hikes – at its full meeting next month.
Cllr Ernest describes the four successive council tax increases imposed by the Labour administration as “horrendous” . He says that the total of the increases imposed between 2013 and 2016 comes to an astounding 18.9% – not including the South Wales Police Precept [which has also increased every year since 2013] .
Cllr Ernest says “If one thinks that in England, where the Conservative Government has made substantial sums available to keep Council Tax increases at zero or a minimal figure, but that in Wales these hefty rises have hit residents in their pockets when Wales pays the lowest wages in the United Kingdom, it is obvious that the Labour Party and their friends do not want to look after the very people they claim to represent.”
Cllr Ernest says says that in the Vale of Glamorgan a ‘Band D’ property has seen a “swingeing increase between 2012 and 2016 from £940 to £1,111“ . He says “ If you apply the equivalent yearly rise to many of the houses in Penarth in higher bandings, then that figure shoots up to over £2,000 a year, by the time the other precepts are added on” .
Cllr. Ernest says Penarth residents “should be asking their Labour Vale councillors just how they could justify making their residents so much poorer, when across the border in England most householders have been shielded from Council Tax annual rises.” He says “I do not think that ratepayers will get a straightforward answer to that question”.
The latest Vale of Glamorgan council tax rise has already been condemned by Penarth Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies .
The full Vale of Glamorgan Council is due to rubber-stamp the 3.9% Council Tax increase on 2 March, 2016.