Supporters of the TPA were in Bridgend last weekend, collecting signatures against the Council's move to increase Council Tax by 4.98 per cent. Bridgend is situated roughly half way between Cardiff and Swansea on the South Wales coast, acting as a commuter town since industry in the area has gone into decline.
On Saturday supporters met with local shoppers, all of whom were concerned about the severe Council Tax increases imposed by the local Council. Many local people questioned why, in Wales, Council Tax was being increased by as much as 5 per cent, while millions of homes in England are having their bills frozen, if not cut.
A local resident noted:
Politicians in Cardiff are getting all their funding from London, and when the money comes arrives these politicians not know how to spend it. We are suffer as a result.
While we were in Bridgend, we had many more concerned residents stop and voice their opinions on their recent 4.98 per cent increase, with our petition gaining hundreds of signatures in just an hour. Supporters and signatories were all encouraged to hold their local representatives to account for their failure to protect taxpayers from some of the most severe increases in household bills in quite some time.
It is time that local authorities cut waste and ensured that taxpayers are getting a fair deal. The War on Waste will continue in Wales, coming to the Neath Port Talbot and Conwy areas in the next few weeks.