Referendum call

York Press: Referendum call Referendum call

WE WERE originally told by the council that joining the West Yorkshire Plus Transport Fund could see us benefit from Government grants of millions for new transport infrastructure.

Now we are told that a levy on council tax bills (The Press, December 23) will pay for this fund.

How typical. Firstly, that our council leaders never told us about this impost on our local taxes. Secondly, that the government is passing on to local taxpayers schemes that used to be funded centrally from Whitehall.

At least we will get a referendum on whether we want this new levy.

Before this even happens, we must have a local referendum on whether York residents want anything to do with this super council that spreads as far as the border with Lancashire.

Geoff Robb, Hunters Close, Dunnington, York.

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6:21pm Mon 30 Dec 13

gmsgop says...

Unlike all the other cities in West Yorkshire, whose citizens were consulted on the new authority last spring, city of York citizens have never been consulted- and even if we had, we know what James Alexander and York labour would have done- just ignored us as they have all along.

Not only have they not consulted us, they have not told us about the annual tax it will cost us, nor have they told us that the authority has excused itself from citizen oversight - nor has he told us we will inherit their liabilities from the previous authority, nor has he told us that it is down to the West Yorkshire members to decide if and when we can vote on anything- because we won't be full members - oh yes you've got it, but we will be full tax paying members.

So James has negotiated the worst possible position for York, we inherit all the (unknown) liabilities, pay our full dues, have no citizen oversight and optional voting according to the discretion of others not us! It seems that James even though a junior partner, you just had to have a seat at the big boys table - as usual having no regard to the costs, benefits and risks to York,or to the views of its citizens.

And the icing on the cake? Busy council staffers are desperately writing, phoning and lobbying local businesses to beg for their support- giving them no more information than we have!
As is so often the case, my position is, I don't mind, I need the facts , again none given at all.
Gwen Swinburn
Unlike all the other cities in West Yorkshire, whose citizens were consulted on the new authority last spring, city of York citizens have never been consulted- and even if we had, we know what James Alexander and York labour would have done- just ignored us as they have all along. Not only have they not consulted us, they have not told us about the annual tax it will cost us, nor have they told us that the authority has excused itself from citizen oversight - nor has he told us we will inherit their liabilities from the previous authority, nor has he told us that it is down to the West Yorkshire members to decide if and when we can vote on anything- because we won't be full members - oh yes you've got it, but we will be full tax paying members. So James has negotiated the worst possible position for York, we inherit all the (unknown) liabilities, pay our full dues, have no citizen oversight and optional voting according to the discretion of others not us! It seems that James even though a junior partner, you just had to have a seat at the big boys table - as usual having no regard to the costs, benefits and risks to York,or to the views of its citizens. And the icing on the cake? Busy council staffers are desperately writing, phoning and lobbying local businesses to beg for their support- giving them no more information than we have! As is so often the case, my position is, I don't mind, I need the facts , again none given at all. Gwen Swinburn gmsgop

3:47am Wed 1 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

the government is passing on to local taxpayers schemes that used to be funded centrally from Whitehall.

The official phrase is 'devolution', and spin is issued to make it sound really great. But the only example I know of is Council Tax Benefit, which has stopped so now disabled people who cannot work have to pay council tax out of their ever-decreasing benefits (that is of course until ATOS comes knocking on their door and says they're not disabled and so no money). Local control would be nice, but all Cameron sees it as is an excuse to keep more money for him and his chums and less for everyone else.
[quote]the government is passing on to local taxpayers schemes that used to be funded centrally from Whitehall.[/quote] The official phrase is 'devolution', and spin is issued to make it sound really great. But the only example I know of is Council Tax Benefit, which has stopped so now disabled people who cannot work have to pay council tax out of their ever-decreasing benefits (that is of course until ATOS comes knocking on their door and says they're not disabled and so no money). Local control would be nice, but all Cameron sees it as is an excuse to keep more money for him and his chums and less for everyone else. Magicman!

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