2nd Highest Council tax rise
2nd Highest Council tax rise

Local families face rising bills after Conservative MPs back 5 per cent council tax hike

In figures released today, Grimsby’s residents will face the second highest council rise in Yorkshire and the Humber region, in monetary terms. This is after years of Local Tories saying they wouldn’t put Council tax up and appealing for your votes on this foundation.

 

In Parliament, local Conservative MPs have backed a planned 5 per cent council tax rise forced on families by the Conservative Government in the House of Commons on Monday.

 

The Government’s plan to make families pay for a £2 billion hole in council budgets will see annual household council tax bills increase by an average of £92 in Yorkshire and the Humber after Labour MPs voted against the rise.(£97 here in Grimsby)

 

The vote followed an appeal from Labour leader Keir Starmer to stop the council tax rise and provide certainty to millions of struggling families who face additional blows to their household incomes from frozen pay and a cut to Universal Credit.

 

Labour research has also revealed that more than one million workers in England could face unemployment just as they get hit with a council tax hike that will add almost £100 to household bills, while 2.7 million workers on a reduced income will be clobbered with the rise.

 

Under the Government’s proposals, households living in Band D will face an average rise of £93 next year under plans set out in the Comprehensive Spending Review. It means council tax will have risen by 29 per cent under the Conservatives.

 

The region’s councils face funding gaps because of income lost during the pandemic and the additional costs of keeping communities safe from Covid-19.

 

Communities Secretary, Robert Jenrick, said councils would be funded to do ‘whatever it takes’ to support their communities but later backtracked and suggested councils should share the burden of their lost income.

 

Steve Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary, said:

“This council tax rise will hit families right at the very time millions are worried about the future of their jobs and how they will get through the next few months.

 

“After the worst recession of any major economy, this government should not be making families pay for their broken promises to support councils.

 

“The Prime Minister must listen to the will of the House of Commons – live up to his promise and not force councils to raise council tax to protect vital services during this crisis.”

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