Budget day 2013 – 10th Anniversary of Liberal and Labour Council Tax raids.

On Budget day 2002 the Liberals and Labour who controlled the County Council put the Council tax up by 11.9% and just as people were struggling to adjust to that hike they ‘came a knocking’ again and hiked it up by 18.5% in 2003, a staggering over 30% hike in two years.

So ten years on have they learned anything? – I think not.

Last Thursday as the opposition tried to counter our announcement that if elected we will Freeze the Council Tax for the whole of the next 4 year term, and as they spectacularly failed to come up with a response. There were some very interesting insights to opposition attitude towards the hard earn money of Suffolk Council Tax payers; perhaps the most bizarre intervention came from Cllr. Ereira who said such a move would be the death nail of local government, to my mind the County Council is the servant of the people of Suffolk and they are telling us loud and clear to ‘live within your means’; perhaps Cllr. Ereira and others think that regardless of how tight money is for hard pressed families and pensioners on fixed incomes trying to deal with rising food and energy prices, the County Council should sail serenity on rather than meet the challenges this time presents shoulder to shoulder with residents, head on.

In my seconder speech I reminded the opposition of this dark anniversary and they seemed rather annoyed that I did so, which I can quite understand!, afterall this is an anniversary that all Liberal and Labour Councillors would want to brush such appauling behaviour under the carpet; 10 years ago there were financial pressures but compared to today’s more of a ‘storm in a tea cup’ in comparison.

But at that time, rather than listen to people and demand and lead the Council to live within it’s means; it was a time they demostrated such little regard for people hard earned money trying to cope with such massive rises in Council Tax, instead the residents of Suffok were seen as an easy ‘Cash cow’, rather than do the tough stuff we have since they were kicked out of power, making the organisation more and more effeicent finding new ways fo working and demanding that every single cost line to examined and reduced.

So the question, as we face the election and people have a choice to make, is, have the Liberals and Labour learned to respect people hard earned money thay pay in Council Tax?

Well, in November 2012 we announced that we would be proposing the freeze the Council tax in 2013 for the third year running at 0%; Cllr. Wood, the leader of the opposition, said in the East Anglia Daily Times and I quote “Looking back it’s a good job the rate did rise all those years ago…”

Frankly I think that says it all.

People have a choice to make on 2nd May and I think it’s a simple one, do you want a County Council that protects front line services, protects hard pressed families and pensioners as they struggle to pay their household bills and has a mantra that ‘this Council will live within its means’ or not.

About askcolinnoble
I'm a Conservative politician-lite, I dabble a bit in Party Politics with my main focus of working hard and being a strong voice for my community making sure local government delivers quality services and fellow residents get value for money for their hard earned money they pay in Council tax | Where this Gravatar appears and I am expressing my views or liking something I do so in a personal capacity and does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Suffolk County Council, Forest Heath District Council, the Conservative Party or come to think of it anyone else | But having said the above at an election time and to stay legal anything I write is promoted by Kerry Buist on behalf of Colin Noble, both at West Suffolk Conservative Association, Unit 8, Swan Lane Business Park, Exning, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7FN

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