Joined: 21 Nov 2005
|Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2008 3:13 pm Post subject:
No commitment made here
|ear Mr. Healey,|
I have on many occasions read in the newspaper and heard you say that council tax will not rise above 5%. At no time have I actually heard you say that council tax will be capped at five per cent this year 2008/2009.
Can you please confirm that council tax will be capped at 5% ?
As you know many people last year paid a final council tax bill that had risen by more, much more than 5%, due to the huge rises in Parish and Town council precepts.
In the light of these unacceptable and unaffordable rises, will you be capping these parish and town councils? We know that hard strapped district and county councils are passing on non statutory services and any other services they can persuade these uncapped councils to accept. In this way the District and County Council can hold down their own precept.
This does of course, unless you decide to include town and parish councils, make a mockery of any cap that the Government may introduce.
From: Robert Crangle [mailto:Robert.Crangle@communities.gsi.gov.uk]
Sent: 19 February 2008 13:03
Subject: Council tax: ref JH/51/002894/08
Dear Ms Melsom,
Thank you for your email of 23rd January to the Minister for Local Government regarding council tax. This has been passed to me for reply.
You suggest that council tax should be 'capped at 5%'. As I am sure you know, Ministers have made clear that they expect the average council tax increase in 2008-09 to be substantially below 5% and are prepared to take capping action against excessive increases. The Government intends to take decisions on capping principles for 2008-09 after authorities have set their budgets.
As regards Town and Parish Councils, the Government expects them to budget prudently and believes they should take into account the views of local people on how their money should be spent. Under current legislation there is no provision for capping parishes or issuing statutory guidance to them on their budgets, but the situation is being kept under review. If necessary, the Government will introduce legislation to extend its capping powers to take account of spending by parish councils.
Communities and Local Government