It's still too high

PUBLISHED: 07:31 18 December 2006 | UPDATED: 10:21 24 May 2010

NORTH Somerset executive member for finance Councillor Mike Bell has promised residents that the council tax rise for 2007/2008 will be kept below four per cent, but residents don't be fooled, it's still too high. Admittedly last year's increase was only

NORTH Somerset executive member for finance Councillor Mike Bell has promised residents that the council tax rise for 2007/2008 will be kept below four per cent, but residents don't be fooled, it's still too high.Admittedly last year's increase was only 4.9 per cent but to achieve this North Somerset increased payments made by weak, disabled and infirm residents who received home care by 5.9 per cent.My 87-year-old disabled mother who suffers from osteoporosis now lives with me, and is in need of daily care. She was informed of the 5.9 per cent increase, remarkably, just after the 4.9 per cent increase in last year's council tax budget was set.The council's Lib Dems and Conservatives know my views on this issue, because at the time, I and my mother, wheelchair and all, attended the next finance meeting, asking Cllr Bell if this was the future intentions of the council in controlling increases in council tax. The only sensible explanation given was that other local authorities' charges and increases are much higher than in North Somerset. What comfort is that to the old and sick? We in North Somerset expect more of our council and councillors. If they merely wish to act as sheep, may I suggest they be put out to grass?DEREK A STANLEYCastle Hill, Banwell

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