Victory for taxpayers as plans for Council Tax increase are defeated

February 24, 2012 3:32 PM

In a great victory for Brighton and Hove taxpayers, Conservative and Labour councillors teamed up to defeat the ruling Green Party proposal to increase Council Tax last night. Plans for a 3.5 per cent increase were thwarted as the full Council instead opted for a freeze.

Brighton and Hove Council were one of the first local authorities to announce plans to reject Government funds to freeze Council Tax. Not content with saddling their own residents with increased bills, they were even encouraging other councils to follow their lead – a particularly appalling move when a poll revealed that the majority of Brighton and Hove residents didn’t even support a rise. So it’s great that so many councillors have listened to their residents and defeated the move.

This is a pleasing triumph in our on-going campaign against Council Tax increases. As part of our campaign we have also drawn attention to those authorities managing to go even further and cut Council Tax for the coming financial year. Brighton and Hove Council now have 12 months in which to find necessary savings to enable a freeze the following year, or even a cut. This list would be a good starting point.In a great victory for Brighton and Hove taxpayers, Conservative and Labour councillors teamed up to defeat the ruling Green Party proposal to increase Council Tax last night. Plans for a 3.5 per cent increase were thwarted as the full Council instead opted for a freeze.

Brighton and Hove Council were one of the first local authorities to announce plans to reject Government funds to freeze Council Tax. Not content with saddling their own residents with increased bills, they were even encouraging other councils to follow their lead – a particularly appalling move when a poll revealed that the majority of Brighton and Hove residents didn’t even support a rise. So it’s great that so many councillors have listened to their residents and defeated the move.

This is a pleasing triumph in our on-going campaign against Council Tax increases. As part of our campaign we have also drawn attention to those authorities managing to go even further and cut Council Tax for the coming financial year. Brighton and Hove Council now have 12 months in which to find necessary savings to enable a freeze the following year, or even a cut. This list would be a good starting point.

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