Penarth’s Conservative Assembly Member Andrew RT Davies is calling today for the Welsh Labour Government to freeze Council Tax after last week’s rubber-stamping of Labour’s latest 3.9% Council-Tax hike across the Vale of Glamorgan.
In an ill-tempered meeting last week the full Vale of Glamorgan Council had voted by 23 votes to 20 to fall in line with the 3.9% increase which had already been approved by the council’s ruling ‘cabinet’. (see PDN http://tinyurl.com/h84wwae )
Andrew R T Davies is the leader of the Conservatives in the Welsh Assembly and represents the South Wales Central constituency – which includes Penarth.
He says that since 1997 – during the 17 years the Welsh Labour Government has been in power – Council Tax in Wales increased by over 150%. As previously reported by PDN the so-called “average band-D property” in the Vale of Glamorgan will now be subject to council tax of £1,111.23 – an increase over the current year of £41.67.
Davies says that in recent years, families in Wales have faced the highest council tax rises in the UK. In England, Council Tax was frozen – but wasn’t in Wales . Households in England also had the double-protection of council tax referendums on bill rises of 2% or above. No such protection was put in place by the Welsh Labour Government.
Andrew R T Davies says “This is another hammer blow hardworking taxpayers across the Vale of Glamorgan who continue to get a raw deal; plain and simple. The Welsh Labour Government has the power to freeze council tax in Wales but the Finance Minister and Vale Assembly Member has stubbornly refused – again and again. Year after year, English householders have benefited from a Conservative freeze, yet here, the Labour Government snubs taxpayers and stands back while bills rocket.”
Davies adds “For over 17 years, the Labour Party has reigned over soaring council tax and vastly inflated chief executive salaries. Since 1999, council tax under Labour in Wales has risen by 121 per cent which is frankly scandalous.”