According to the Labour Government's Local Government Minister people in Wales should think themselves lucky. Allegedly we pay less Council tax than our counterparts in England. In fact the Welsh Labour press department has today been tweeting that "Council tax in Labour Wales 16% lower than in Tory England"
Now we all know that statistics can be manipulated in all sorts of ways, but we have to ask what is the Minister looking at? Maybe she would like to come to RCT and explain in person just how much better off we are and how grateful residents should be to have a Labour Council.
The 4.5% decided upon by the Labour administration for April puts our Band A Council tax up to £958.89, with Band D going up to £1,438.34. This is one of the most deprived areas in Wales.
It is unbelievable that a Labour Minister can ignore this - they are after all the party who promised to protect Wales from the Tory cuts!!! But then of course in RCT people are coming to realize what a Labour promise is worth.
A quick look at a few English Authorities gives an idea of just how disproportionate the Tax here in RCT is. You might expect the residents of the Surrey suburbs to be paying a little more than us, but no, their Band A cost for the coming year is just £797.22 and Band D £1,195.83. Meanwhile TOWIE residents could have an extra few bottle of champagne out of the £351.59 a year less they pay on their Band D property.
Yep, Labour really are doing a wonderful job for us. Let's hope more people are waking up to their lies and spin.