The Tory group on North East Lincolnshire Council have had their first budget, it failed to inspire, there is a no show in imagination or innovation. It offers little beyond the ground-breaking initiatives that they inherited from the previous Labour administration, they have also thrown in their own Council tax hike, in part because of their own inability to balance the books.
The Tories always had an ambitious manifesto, and are now systematically failing on it, a clear pledge to be the party of low tax, they are planning to hike Council Tax in the Borough by 12.5% over the next three years. If you’re one of the most vulnerable, on council tax support scheme, then you are taking the brunt of these rises, a whopping 52.5% hike. The Tories slashed the council tax reduction scheme, aimed at supporting our most vulnerable including young families and the disabled, to put the money into reserves!
The Tory Budget does very little to solve issues for residents, Labour proposed key pledges to clean up our streets, including: –
- A dedicated initiative on tackling dog fouling.
- Bringing the highly successful Skip it pop up waste sites back to all parts of our borough twice a year, one in Summer and another in the Christmas period when it will help residents dispose of household waste.
- A free Bulky waste collection for each household per year.
This all was turned down by the Tories without a care, they have missed the chance to make our communities a better place to live.
More to their shame, this pledge was fully costed, all funded by holding Engie to their agreement to remove a million pounds from the contract they have with the council. However, after ten months of a Tory administration, they haven’t bothered to get back a single penny for taxpayers.
The Labour group took action at the budget meeting to get our money back, the Tories however, all voted not to even try. They voted unanimously to keep the money with Engie, surrendering before a single shot was fired. It seems our Council under the Conservatives prioritises profits for Engie Shareholders, over hard-working council taxpayers.