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

Council tax bills should rise - union

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

49 minutes ago
Picture of staff outside the care home which has won an award.

A Weston-super-Mare care home was praised by its residents in an unannounced inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Read more
Weston Grand Pier.

The ever-popular emergency services day, run by the RNLI, is being held in Weston-super-Mare this weekend, as well as a cider festival on the Grand Pier. Here are some of the events you can enjoy.

Read more
12:00
Student supplies

An education watchdog says a primary school in Weston-super-Mare ‘requires improvement’.

Read more
Phoebe Willis with dad Julian.

A nurse was ‘grossly negligent’ when treating a 10-year-old with a rare genetic disorder, leading to the child’s death, a court has heard.

Read more
The Coastguard carried out the rescue.

A woman was rescued by the Coastguard after falling part-way down a cliff in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more
19 minutes ago
Worle Library.

A petition has been handed to the council’s executive members in a bid to save Worle library from closure.

Read more
Children on the computer

The internet played a role in dozens of sexual offences against children in the South West policing area – including an incident involving a child as young as five, new figures have revealed.

Read more
Some students took to two wheels and cycled in.

Trucks, speedboats and trains driven by clowns would make for an unusual sight at any school – but that was the scene which greeted students in Worle last week.

Read more
11:00
The League of Friends of Weston General Hospital in Weston-super-Mare celebrating the 60th anniversary.

A tea party was held to celebrate Weston General Hospital’s League of Friends’ 60th anniversary.

Read more
Yesterday, 20:00
 
	Saturday in the High Street.

A group of volunteers from Weston-super-Mare took to the streets at the weekend to give public support to refugees.

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: 17°C

min temp: 12°C

Great British Life

Great British Life

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

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Somerset's trusted business finder

Find planning applications