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    • MSE Callum
    • By MSE Callum 20th Dec 17, 12:01 PM
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    MSE News: Council tax bills may rise by almost 6% - here's how to cut your costs
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    • 20th Dec 17, 12:01 PM
    MSE News: Council tax bills may rise by almost 6% - here's how to cut your costs 20th Dec 17 at 12:01 PM
    Some local authorities in England will be able to raise council tax by almost 6% next year...
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    • minislim
    • By minislim 21st Dec 17, 8:38 AM
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    • 21st Dec 17, 8:38 AM
    our council here in oldham pleads poverty. year on year it hikes the council tax just under the threshold for a referendum.
    yet in the last few years its spent £40 million on a vanity project converting the old town hall into a cinema.

    and now has proposed a massive multi million pound redevelopment of the town centre.

    funny? i thought they had no money?

    legislation should be put in place that means they can only hike tax every other year!
    • surfsister
    • By surfsister 21st Dec 17, 8:43 AM
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    • 21st Dec 17, 8:43 AM
    same in Ipswich they dug u our town hall area up twice and tried different pavers and now doing it again with other fancy paving and stupid metal 'sculptures'!! Also completely revamped the railway station and it is now dangerous to drive out of, and impossible to park at unless you pay!! and the paper shop cannot be reached without a train ticket so Smiths lose money now.


    they also spent literally millions on a revamped traffic scheme taking out roundabouts and putting in traffic lights and guess what the town is now gridlocked!!! It wasn't before!!!
    • surfsister
    • By surfsister 21st Dec 17, 8:45 AM
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    • 21st Dec 17, 8:45 AM
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    • 21st Dec 17, 8:45 AM
    our council here in oldham pleads poverty. year on year it hikes the council tax just under the threshold for a referendum.
    yet in the last few years its spent £40 million on a vanity project converting the old town hall into a cinema.

    and now has proposed a massive multi million pound redevelopment of the town centre.

    funny? i thought they had no money?

    legislation should be put in place that means they can only hike tax every other year!
    Originally posted by minislim
    legislation should be out in place that if it aint broke don't fix it!
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 21st Dec 17, 2:09 PM
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    legislation should be put in place that means they can only hike tax every other year!
    Originally posted by minislim
    Which would mean a very large increase every other year
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 21st Dec 17, 2:11 PM
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    • 21st Dec 17, 2:11 PM
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    • 21st Dec 17, 2:11 PM
    We've the cheapest in Wales, have done for years however proposals have been submitted for a 12.5% increase...
    Does dim arian 'da fi, ond breuddwydion 'da fi.

    Gwlad yr Ia & Columbia (no Welsh word for Columbia)
    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 21st Dec 17, 2:25 PM
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    Council Tax continues to raise a small proportion of what Councils spend.

    If people understood how much money their Council spends, and how little they benefit from it, there would be support for greater efficiencies.
    • Kim_13
    • By Kim_13 21st Dec 17, 2:55 PM
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    • 21st Dec 17, 2:55 PM
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    Funny the government is selling this as the increases keeping pace with inflation - the inflation target is 2%, the previously allowed increase!

    I echo all the vanity projects and their interference making certain sections of road more dangerous/gridlocked.

    Councils, like universities, will almost always charge the maximum amount that the government allows.

    Wish we all had the bottomless pockets they seem to think we have!
    Sealed Pot 11 #520 ~ /£100
    VSP 2018 #9 ~ £19.55/£180.00
    CCCC 2018 #1 ~ £20.75/£180.00
    • CapricornLass
    • By CapricornLass 21st Dec 17, 3:00 PM
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    • 21st Dec 17, 3:00 PM
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    • 21st Dec 17, 3:00 PM
    Wish that there would be legislation to keep a limit on the wages that these councillors award themselves. £200k pa + is not uncommon at county level - its obscene.
    Sealed Pot Challenge no 265.
    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 21st Dec 17, 3:32 PM
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    Wish that there would be legislation to keep a limit on the wages that these councillors award themselves. £200k pa + is not uncommon at county level - its obscene.
    Originally posted by CapricornLass
    Surely not! That sounds more like the salary for a Chief Exec.

    Full Time Council Leaders in London can get around £60k, much less than their senior staff. The basic allowance for a London Councillor with no additional responsibilities is around £11k
    • Oakdene
    • By Oakdene 21st Dec 17, 3:35 PM
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    Surely not! That sounds more like the salary for a Chief Exec.

    Full Time Council Leaders in London can get around £60k, much less than their senior staff. The basic allowance for a London Councillor with no additional responsibilities is around £11k
    Originally posted by Nick_C
    Agreed, our LA leader is on £48100pa.
    Does dim arian 'da fi, ond breuddwydion 'da fi.

    Gwlad yr Ia & Columbia (no Welsh word for Columbia)
    • minislim
    • By minislim 21st Dec 17, 5:14 PM
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    the other thing is one of the precepts is for public transport to the greater manchester area.
    but the village i live in lost its regular bus service and now only has a skeleton service that stops at 7pm.

    all those who live in the village should get a discount due to the lack of services.
    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 21st Dec 17, 5:46 PM
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    the other thing is one of the precepts is for public transport to the greater manchester area.
    but the village i live in lost its regular bus service and now only has a skeleton service that stops at 7pm.

    all those who live in the village should get a discount due to the lack of services.
    Originally posted by minislim
    And those of us who don't have children should get a discount for not using schools. Etc etc
    • Arthurian
    • By Arthurian 20th Mar 18, 9:16 AM
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    Isn't a lot of council tax to fund council staff's pensions? I tried to look for this in my council tax bill's explanatory leaflet, but perhaps it's hidden in "other expenses".
    • Nick_C
    • By Nick_C 20th Mar 18, 11:58 PM
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    Isn't a lot of council tax to fund council staff's pensions? I tried to look for this in my council tax bill's explanatory leaflet, but perhaps it's hidden in "other expenses".
    Originally posted by Arthurian
    The details of the budget should be on your council's Web site.
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