Back in 2009 we published a paper called the Council Tax Scam
that explained how council taxpayers were sometimes paying twice for the same services.
Since then, we have regularly raised this issue with
The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
On 18 December 2014 Kris Hopkins MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government made a speech on the provisional local government finance settlement for 2015-2016 in Parliament. Part of his speech was devoted to council tax and that another council tax freeze in 2015-16 has been made possible by providing additional funding to councils. He urged all councils to take advantage of this additional funding. Those councils who choose to increase council tax need to explain their actions to the local people.
He also raised the the very same issue about Parish councils imposing inflation-busting increases on their taxpayers pointing out that the average Band D council tax in England has risen by 2% since 2011 to 2012 - the equivalent figure for the parish element is 14.7% over the same period.
He went on to say 'That is why I would welcome views on whether the highest spending parishes should be subject to the same referendum principle as the rest of local government*. There is also a question about whether town and parish councils whose failings have been highlighted in a Public Interest Report should be included.'
* That is, any council proposing an increase of 2% or more will need to allow local people the opportunity to approve or veto the increase in a referendum.
Kris Hopkins wants views as mentioned above, so why not
contact Kris Hopkins.
Related links (all links open in a new window):
Parish funding for local Council Tax support scheme
Borough council to keep parish funding
'Short changed' parishes demand action over government funding
Localisation of Council Tax Support Scheme
Local government minister Brandon Lewis: PAY COUNCIL TAX SUPPORT TO PARISHES
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