Prime Minister says Wirral's Labour leadership should scrap plans for council tax hike

David Cameron: “I would urge Wirral Council to freeze council tax and look at other ways

David Cameron: “I would urge Wirral Council to freeze council tax and look at other ways"

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PRIME Minister David Cameron today told the Globe that Wirral Council should abandon proposals for a council tax hike this year.

The PM urged town hall chiefs instead to freeze the tax and look at other ways to pay for services.

Council leader Cllr Phil Davies said Mr Cameron was “out of touch with reality.”

Mr Cameron believes the Labour administration’s proposed 2% increase - accompanied by multi-million pound cuts across a wide-range of services - is unnecessary.

Speaking from Downing Street, the PM said he had Wirral's financial data in front of him: “If you look at the budget figures from 2010 to 2014, Government spending in Wirral has gone up and it should not be necessary to increase council tax or turn off the street lights.

“I would urge Wirral Council to freeze council tax and look at other ways.

“Are they copying measures introduced by some of the most efficient councils in England? Are they fully investigating shared services with other authorities?”

Councillor Davies said: “What nonsense.

“The fact is Wirral's central Government funding has been cut by 50% since 2010.

"That’s more than £100m over the last three years, and there’s a further £28m of cuts needed to balance the books for the next financial year.

“Mr Cameron is out of touch with reality. I would love him to come up here and spend a week finding out what life is really like for most people under his Government.

“We’re not making these cuts out of some sort of political devilment.

"Switching off street lights and all the other horrors have been done not because we wanted to, but because we have had to."

In an earlier interview with BBC Radio Merseyside, Mr Cameron said he was proud to be Prime Minister in a Government that supports deprived areas, and denied councils in southern England are getting a better deal than their northern counterparts.

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3:40pm Thu 9 Jan 14

water1lily says...

It's not Cameron who has lost touch with reality people building grandiose glass staircases shouldn't throw stones.
It's not Cameron who has lost touch with reality people building grandiose glass staircases shouldn't throw stones. water1lily
  • Score: 15

6:19pm Thu 9 Jan 14

nivekd says...

What a despicable wretch is Cameron. He has not just cut local authority funds; he has slashed them. Anything Wirral could do to alleviate the pain is completely marginal. The only answer will come from the mass of the population who are the victims of the evil and incompetence of the Tory system refusing to take any more and standing up to fight back. The economic crisis was not caused by the Williamson Art Gallery, local teachers, nurses at Arrowe Park, or a few street lights left on - but by the Tories' friends in the City, the bankers with their obscene bonuses, the tax avoiders and the rest of the bully Bullingdon mob of hooray Henries - currently mothballing fire engines and buying water cannon.
What a despicable wretch is Cameron. He has not just cut local authority funds; he has slashed them. Anything Wirral could do to alleviate the pain is completely marginal. The only answer will come from the mass of the population who are the victims of the evil and incompetence of the Tory system refusing to take any more and standing up to fight back. The economic crisis was not caused by the Williamson Art Gallery, local teachers, nurses at Arrowe Park, or a few street lights left on - but by the Tories' friends in the City, the bankers with their obscene bonuses, the tax avoiders and the rest of the bully Bullingdon mob of hooray Henries - currently mothballing fire engines and buying water cannon. nivekd
  • Score: -3

7:17pm Thu 9 Jan 14

bigfoot says...

nivekd wrote:
What a despicable wretch is Cameron. He has not just cut local authority funds; he has slashed them. Anything Wirral could do to alleviate the pain is completely marginal. The only answer will come from the mass of the population who are the victims of the evil and incompetence of the Tory system refusing to take any more and standing up to fight back. The economic crisis was not caused by the Williamson Art Gallery, local teachers, nurses at Arrowe Park, or a few street lights left on - but by the Tories' friends in the City, the bankers with their obscene bonuses, the tax avoiders and the rest of the bully Bullingdon mob of hooray Henries - currently mothballing fire engines and buying water cannon.
And also the mess left by Grabber Blair and Gormless Gordon Brown.
[quote][p][bold]nivekd[/bold] wrote: What a despicable wretch is Cameron. He has not just cut local authority funds; he has slashed them. Anything Wirral could do to alleviate the pain is completely marginal. The only answer will come from the mass of the population who are the victims of the evil and incompetence of the Tory system refusing to take any more and standing up to fight back. The economic crisis was not caused by the Williamson Art Gallery, local teachers, nurses at Arrowe Park, or a few street lights left on - but by the Tories' friends in the City, the bankers with their obscene bonuses, the tax avoiders and the rest of the bully Bullingdon mob of hooray Henries - currently mothballing fire engines and buying water cannon.[/p][/quote]And also the mess left by Grabber Blair and Gormless Gordon Brown. bigfoot
  • Score: 3

4:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Hugo1008 says...

David Cameron would do a lot better if he just sent in the Local Authority Inspectors, to do a check on Wirral Borough Council, perhaps introduce a level of Honest Integrity and Open Honest Information, some thing we have not seen for decades.
Yet we have had scandal heaped upon disgrace augmented with mismanagement and deceit and extremely poor governance for over twenty years and made even worse in the last ten, by a complete farce of running a local authority with Clean, Open, Honest, Decent ,Fair management of any description.
David Cameron would do a lot better if he just sent in the Local Authority Inspectors, to do a check on Wirral Borough Council, perhaps introduce a level of Honest Integrity and Open Honest Information, some thing we have not seen for decades. Yet we have had scandal heaped upon disgrace augmented with mismanagement and deceit and extremely poor governance for over twenty years and made even worse in the last ten, by a complete farce of running a local authority with Clean, Open, Honest, Decent ,Fair management of any description. Hugo1008
  • Score: 8

5:24pm Sun 12 Jan 14

keen gardener says...

Waste not, want not!
Waste not, want not! keen gardener
  • Score: 1

3:28pm Tue 14 Jan 14

benny07 says...

HAS CLLR BRIAN KENNY HAD HIS PHOTO TAKEN,YET !! AT THE NEW TOWN HALL FIRE ESCAPE COMPLETE WITH DOUBLE GLAZING ,OH YES A FIRE RETARDENT FILLY FITTED CARPET,TOP TO BOTTOM,NO ONE ELSE COULD DO THE JOB FOR LESS THAN ,??? £ 840.000. JUST IN CASE I GOT IT WRONG I WILL WRITE IT ,EIGHT HUNDRED AND FOURTY THOUSAND POUNDS,,THIS MASSIVE UNEEDED FIRE ESCAPE WAS GIVEN THE GO AHEAD,BY ALL PARTIES,& NO TENDERS,?? WHILE THE LABOUR CLLRS TAKE THE MOST VUNERABLE TO COURT FOR £150.00 & PILE ON COURT CHARGES TO THE TUNE OF OVER £ 100.00 IN COSTS,FOR COUNCIL TAX,AT 22% FROM SICK & UNEMPLOYED GENUINE PEOPLE,,NOT ONE LABOUR CLLR GIVES A MONKEYS,BELIEVE ME ,JUST AS BAD AS THE TORYS,TAKEN FOOD OUT OF PEOPLES MOUTHS ,WHILE CLAIMING THOUSANDS OF TAX PAYERS MONEY IN EXPENSES,DONT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT LOOK UP ,HOW MUCH YOUR LOCAL CLLR IS TAKING US ALL FOR A RIDE,&MP,S.
HAS CLLR BRIAN KENNY HAD HIS PHOTO TAKEN,YET !! AT THE NEW TOWN HALL FIRE ESCAPE COMPLETE WITH DOUBLE GLAZING ,OH YES A FIRE RETARDENT FILLY FITTED CARPET,TOP TO BOTTOM,NO ONE ELSE COULD DO THE JOB FOR LESS THAN ,??? £ 840.000. JUST IN CASE I GOT IT WRONG I WILL WRITE IT ,EIGHT HUNDRED AND FOURTY THOUSAND POUNDS,,THIS MASSIVE UNEEDED FIRE ESCAPE WAS GIVEN THE GO AHEAD,BY ALL PARTIES,& NO TENDERS,?? WHILE THE LABOUR CLLRS TAKE THE MOST VUNERABLE TO COURT FOR £150.00 & PILE ON COURT CHARGES TO THE TUNE OF OVER £ 100.00 IN COSTS,FOR COUNCIL TAX,AT 22% FROM SICK & UNEMPLOYED GENUINE PEOPLE,,NOT ONE LABOUR CLLR GIVES A MONKEYS,BELIEVE ME ,JUST AS BAD AS THE TORYS,TAKEN FOOD OUT OF PEOPLES MOUTHS ,WHILE CLAIMING THOUSANDS OF TAX PAYERS MONEY IN EXPENSES,DONT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT LOOK UP ,HOW MUCH YOUR LOCAL CLLR IS TAKING US ALL FOR A RIDE,&MP,S. benny07
  • Score: 3

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