Penarth’s Conservative Assembly Member Andrew R T Davies has again called on the Labour-controlled Welsh Government to freeze further increases in council tax across Wales.
South Wales Central AM Davies singles out for particular criticism the Labour-run Vale of Glamorgan Council for its succession of inflation-busting increases in Council Tax .
He says Vale Council imposed a 3.9% increase in 2016, a 3.9% increase in 2015, a 4.5% increase in 2014 and a 4.8% increase in 2013 – all of which placed “huge pressures on hardworking people.”;
Andrew R T Davies – who is Leader of the Welsh Conservatives – and Conservative Leader in the Welsh Assembly says it’s a “worrying sign” that some councils are placing an “over-reliance on bailiffs” to force families to pay up .
He says “It is clear that high council tax bills put huge pressures on hardworking families across Wales, – and here in the Vale, people know that all too well with inflation busting rises over the past few years.
David adds “It is a worrying sign that authorities are relying on bailiffs to reclaim council tax arrears, sometimes for quite trivial amounts. At the end of the day, bailiffs charge fees – and sending them in too early will see the Council get back less than they otherwise would.”
He says “While people must pay their council tax – and it is not an optional extra – these incidents show the pressures that Council Tax puts on people. The Welsh Government have so far refused to implement a Council Tax freeze here in Wales and I urge them to reverse that decision to help Council Tax payers across the Vale”
A report by Citizens Advice Cymru showed that almost 6,000 people asked for help with 16,000 council tax problems in 2015-16, up 7% on the previous year.