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David Cameron in York council tax review plea
10:59am Thursday 1st November 2012 in News
THE Prime Minister urged City of York Council to review its decision to increase council tax, when the issue was raised at Westminster.
At Prime Minister’s Question Time yesterday, York Outer MP Julian Sturdy told David Cameron: “Unfortunately, Labour-run City of York council increased council tax by 2.9 per cent this year and has moved with remarkable speed to confirm a two per cent increase next year.”
He asked: “Does my right honourable friend agree that such a rise is apparently out of order and not in the interests of York constituents, and will he urge City of York council to look at this again?”
Mr Cameron said: “I will certainly join my honourable friend in doing that. The Government have made money available so that councils can freeze their council tax for a third year in a row. This is a very important way of demonstrating that we are on the side of people who want to work hard and get on and who struggle to pay the bills.”
City of York Council leader James Alexander said: “I have written to Julian requesting a public debate on his recent comments. Does he realise that spending commitments announced in The Press by his local party over the past year or so would have left York with £3.3m additional borrowing and either £3.8m increased cuts this year coming or a 5 per cent council tax hike?