North Lincolnshire council tax should have been frozen this year, Labor says

Council tax should not have increased at all for residents of North Lincolnshire this year, according to the Labor group.

He claims the soaring cost of living means taxpayers should have been spared an increase.

Their ‘unprecedented’ proposal would have seen it frozen until 2023, with a 2% increase for the adult social care precept.

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The Conservative group passed a budget to raise council tax by 0.89% and the same increase for adult social care from April.

Labor leader Councilor Len Foster told North Lincolnshire Council’s budget meeting that ‘enough was enough’ when it came to cutting living standards.

Labour‘s amendment is unprecedented, in that we at local government level strongly believe in a progressive structured financial management of council resources, and would normally favor increases at or around the authorized level. by the government,” Councilor Foster said.

“But we are not in normal times.

Councilor Len Foster, pictured during a full council meeting

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“The cost of living is rising at an uncontrolled rate. Inflation is out of control.

“Currently national statistics are calling for 5.5%, but everyone knows that’s a lot higher, and the Bank of England is forecasting a rate of 7% before next year’s council tax bills are n arrive in residents’ mailboxes.

“Enough is enough. Someday, somewhere, someone has to put an end to this attack on the standard of living of the majority of the people of this country.

He said the Labor group had reluctantly backed an increase in payment for social care, saying the government had failed to fund it adequately.

“With regard to the proposed 2% increase in the social care tax, we will with some reluctance support this level of increase. We have to take care of our own community where we can because this government won’t do it for us,” he said.

“Our reluctant support was born out of utter frustration with the government’s broken promises to address this ever-growing problem.”

The Labor group opposed the Tories’ 0.89 per cent council council tax hike

Other labor advisers said more help was needed for workers.

Councilor Lorraine Yeadon: “Most people will have noticed the difference in the money they have in their pocket, but for many people in North Lincolnshire they may be really, really struggling by the time we will arrive in May.

“All municipal tax refunds and energy company loans will be wiped out many times over by other increased costs.”

Councilor Mashook Ali said: ‘North Lincolnshire is home to some of the most deprived communities in England. We have suffered for a long time and continue to suffer.

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“The challenges facing our communities have been exacerbated by high prices, high fuel costs and now this cost of living crisis; people now literally have to choose between eating and staying warm.

Council leader Rob Waltham, the leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said the Tories had presented an “anti-inflationary budget which recognizes that people are feeling the pinch of global inflation, while allowing the council to give the priority to the most vulnerable people here in the North”. Lincolnshire.

He said investing the budget would allow communities to recover more quickly from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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