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Council To Deliver Lowest Tax Increase

Published by on Friday, 6 March 2009No Comment

Brighton and Hove City Council have agreed a budget which represents an increase in council tax of only 3.5% this year. Council Leader Mary Mears said, “By setting the city s lowest ever council tax increase, we’re showing residents that we understand the pressures many of them are feeling at the moment.”

Councillor Gill Mitchell, Labour group leader, said: “This is an idle budget that promotes cuts in council services and does not invest in the future of our great city.”

I, for one, am more than happy to have a lower amount of tax to pay, even though it is still significantly higher than the rate of inflation. I suppose it depends on what you consider to be ‘essential services’ and whether such things are being cut to reduce the budget. In Ms Mitchell’s own ward of East Brighton, under the last administration of which she was a part, social workers were paid to go every day to wake up children in Whitehawk, get them fed and dressed and off to school whilst their bone idle parents were asleep upstairs. I think we can do with less of that.

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