Monday, January 22, 2007

Council Taxes to rise 3.5%

Cuts in services for elderly.

It looks as though the average rise in rates for Council tax this year will be 3.5% with many councils cutting back on services such as home care for the elderly. Of 127 councils surveyed only a few were said to be planning a reduction in council tax, amongst those were Hammersmith and Fulham in inner London which has announced a 3% reduction in the charge to it's residents, financed by a drive towards efficiency.

At present South Tyneside council has not announced it's plans for next year's rise, but you can be fairly certain that an increase is on the cards after tight financial control in the first half of last years failed to last the course and expected savings in the council's expenditure were not achieved. The 10 million pound saving in the first half was achieved without any pain or hurt, and with no reduction in front line customer facing services.

It does make you wonder what could be achieved if their minds were really put to it, but let's not expect them to make it any easier for those of us who have to pay!!


BBC News

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