TPA weighs in on Kingston Council Tax rise
By adam_leone | Sunday, January 27, 2013, 22:19
The TaxPayers' Alliance are the latest group to weigh in on Kingston Council's decision to raise Council Tax, following Local Government Minister, Brandon Lewis comments.
Kingston Council Leader, Derek Osbourne refused to accept a £450 million tax freeze deal.
Householders in a Band D, will pay an extra 52p a week.
Jonathan Isaby, Political Director of the TaxPayers' Alliance and a Kingston resident, has said: "The TaxPayers' Alliance did praise Kingston Council for keeping councillors' allowances on the low side."
"But we were also damning in our criticism when the former director of children's services was given a six-figure golden goodbye after quitting his job."
"Increasing Council Tax would impose an unnecessary burden on local families already struggling to pay their bills."
"The Government's offer of a grant is there to offer the council a cushion whilst it finds further efficiency savings."
"To refuse the grant would be to seriously let down Kingston residents, especially when we know, for example, that the council was able to find no less than £128,000 for Duncan Clark when he resigned after serious errors occurred on his watch."
"The vast majority of councils across the country will be either freezing or lowering bills this spring and Kingston should be doing the same."
In the three years to 2013/14, government funding for Kingston will have been reduced by more than one quarter (£18.1million), equivalent to £6.01 per week for every band D home.
The Council has achieved this below-inflation increase for 2013/14 despite having to deal with an in-year reduction of £8.3million (14.5 per cent) in government funding, and providing £6million to meet increased demand led growth.