Don't miss a story sign up to Weston Mercury's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Council tax bills should rise - union

PUBLISHED: 13:00 28 January 2012

Unison has called on the council to raise tax

Unison has called on the council to raise tax

Archant

A TRADE union has called on North Somerset Council to raise council tax to prevent a ‘hole’ in its budgets and 
protect vital services.

Unison wants the authority to reject a proposed council tax freeze when it sets its budgets next month.

The council is currently preparing to freeze council tax at its current level – £1,150,87 a year for a band D property – to qualify for a Government grant of £2.267million.

But Unison spokesman Helen Thornton said: “If North Somerset Council accepts the council tax freeze grant it will mean much higher council tax increases in the future or, alternatively, even deeper cuts.

“As a grant equivalent to 2.5 per cent of council tax income it is well under inflation, which currently stands at between four and five per cent.

“This means the council’s income isn’t keeping up with its costs.”

She also said the fact the grant is only funded for one year means the council will have a hole equivalent to £2.3million in its annual budgets from 2013.

Ms Thornton called for a council tax increase of 3.5 per cent, which would cost residents an extra £3.35 per month on average.

She added: “A rejection of the council tax freeze grant will send a clear message to Westminster that North Somerset Council, as a low-funded authority, cannot provide essential services on the current levels of Government funding, and increasing council tax is the only way to protect vital public services to our most vulnerable citizens.”

A spokesman for the council said the authority is ‘minded to accept’ the freeze grant, but it will not formally make the decision until a full council meeting on February 21.

5 comments

  • Hands up if you have had a pay rise this year I havent get over it Thornton

    Report this comment

    Simo

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

  • UNISON isn't exactly going out of it's way to be the 'voice of the people', is it? Good luck trying to gain public support on this one! I still say the CT should be abolished, not frozen, as it bares no relation to our ability to pay. A local income tax of some sort would be a fairer system of funding services.

    Report this comment

    shameless contrarian

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

  • Some union spokesperson she turned out to be...lol. Why should people who earn more pay more for the same services...?

    Report this comment

    T-Bone

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

  • and they should be forced to cut council tax not cap it...

    Report this comment

    neo

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

  • Why should it be based on ability to pay John James? we all use the services. Local income tax just screws over the people who can be bothered to work. Poll Tax was the fairest everyone has to pay.

    Report this comment

    neo

    Saturday, January 28, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

Yesterday, 17:00

Two of North Somerset’s most prominent businessmen have enjoyed a royal engagement at Buckingham Palace, where they were guests of honour.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:01

Weston General Hospital is hoping a smartphone app can help it create ‘the perfect ward’.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

Youngsters from a brass band were presented with service awards during a recent concert.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A little bit of Las Vegas spun into North Somerset at the weekend, with villagers chancing their arm the against the house to raise money for future events.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

People in Somerset will soon receive their polling card ahead of this year’s Somerset County Council elections.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

A popular North Somerset village fair which draws big crowds has set the date for this year’s extravaganza.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Green-fingered volunteers in a North Somerset village braved the weekend’s wet weather to tidy up part of their community.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:06

There has been a ‘serious’ accident in Weston-super-Mare today (Saturday), with parts of the A370 now closed as a result of the incident.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

North Somerset Council leader Nigel Ashton will be guest at a meeting of a North Somerset action group in May.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

North Somerset Council wants to reduce the number of children in care as new figures reveal more than 200 children have been looked after by the council for each of the past five years – a sharp rise over a 10-year period.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 8°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder