MP Julian Sturdy in appeal over council tax

First published in News

Residents will suffer if council bosses in York reject a Government offer which would freeze council tax bills, according to one city MP.

Chancellor George Osborne said this week that £450 million would be provided to help local authorities resist tax rises next year, but City of York Council leader James Alexander said a two per cent increase for York had been budgeted for as the alternative would be service cuts.

York’s bills rose 2.9 per cent this year, and York Outer MP Julian Sturdy, claimed a two per cent increase for 2013/14 would mean the worst of both worlds for the city, as it would be below the threshold required for a public referendum to be necessary.

He said: “The decision to push ahead with such increases when so many other councils are taking advantage of the Government’s grant really does beggar belief, showing complete disregard to local taxpayers in tough economic times. The council really must rethink this decision and work with the Government to freeze council tax across York next year.”

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1:47pm Thu 11 Oct 12

meme says...

This is blatant playing politics by our esteemed labour party
Make us suffer for their political ends
This is blatant playing politics by our esteemed labour party Make us suffer for their political ends meme
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3:36pm Thu 11 Oct 12

perplexed says...

meme wrote:
This is blatant playing politics by our esteemed labour party
Make us suffer for their political ends
I am sure 'playing politics' was the last thing on Julian Sturdy's mind when he spoke to the press!
[quote][p][bold]meme[/bold] wrote: This is blatant playing politics by our esteemed labour party Make us suffer for their political ends[/p][/quote]I am sure 'playing politics' was the last thing on Julian Sturdy's mind when he spoke to the press! perplexed
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8:04pm Thu 11 Oct 12

bob the builder says...

We'll suffer either way, as the precepts for Police and Fire will increase. I'd rather pay for protection and have fire insurance like the old days.
We'll suffer either way, as the precepts for Police and Fire will increase. I'd rather pay for protection and have fire insurance like the old days. bob the builder
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