Wirral council tax frozen for two years

Wirral Globe: Wirral council tax frozen for two years Wirral council tax frozen for two years

Tonight at budget council, Labour’s ruling administration agreed to freeze Wirral council tax for the next two years and agreed a raft of measures aimed at kick-starting the local economy.

Councillor Phil Davies, leader of the Labour group, said: "Despite unfair and disproportionate cuts to Wirral from the Government that will see us lose 50% of our budget in just five years, I believe we have put forward a budget that is sustainable and helps tackle the Tory-led Government’s cost of living crisis.

"We are freezing council tax for residents; something we are able to do after lobbying central Government with other local councils.

"We are putting £1.5m into kick-starting house building creating much-needed skilled employment for young people and we are cleaning up Wirral with a real emphasis on tackling fly-tipping, something that blights many communities."

Conservative group leader Cllr Jeff Green proposed a move back to pre-2012 car parking charges, reinstating the “free after 3” scheme, and called for £1m to be spent on repairing roads.

Some of those issues were echoed by Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Phil Gilchrist, who also opposed a plan for schools to pay for crossing patrols.

Tories wanted the budget to include reverting car parking charges to pre-April 2012 levels; reinstating the ‘free after three’ parking initiative; halving garden waste collection charges and freezing all council fees and charges at current levels for a year.

They also demanded all school crossing patrols should be protected; plans to turn off street lights reversed; anti-dog fouling measures increased and £1m invested into a programme of pot-hole and pavement repairs.

Further proposals included a call for reinstatement in full of the pensioner discount scheme of 7.76% for households where all occupants are aged over-70. This has been reduced to 5% in the new budget.

Leader Cllr Jeff Green said: “Under this budget the only people who will be paying extra will be pensioners.

“It is the economics of the mad house."

Some of Conservative’s issues were echoed by Liberal Democrat leader Cllr Phil Gilchrist, who also opposed a plan for schools to pay for crossing patrols.

Labour's budget was carried by 37 votes to 26 with one abstention.

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9:51am Wed 26 Feb 14

bigfoot says...

They were all set to increase it by 2% until Pickles spouted off and now they are patting themselves on the back,and the puppet master MPs are congratulating them.
This Council will take money from us in many ways pay their expenses and then cut services and staff,the residents and voters of Wirral are just 'cash cows'.
They were all set to increase it by 2% until Pickles spouted off and now they are patting themselves on the back,and the puppet master MPs are congratulating them. This Council will take money from us in many ways pay their expenses and then cut services and staff,the residents and voters of Wirral are just 'cash cows'. bigfoot

10:14am Wed 26 Feb 14

mickey1more says...

Emphasis on Fly-Tipping ! My goodness what a priority that is. Come on what about all the pot hole in the roads and then street cleaning and weekly bin collections, maybe then people would not be Fly-tipping if the bins were properly emptied.

As for the "Free after 3 pre 2012 charges", how about making charges free on derelict ground like by Conway Street Station. Totally disgusting having to pay to park our cars on that ground.
Wake up councillors and put your house in order and think before you come out with silly statements.

Like to see the list of councillors who voted in favour of the Freeze ;-) will the council dare to publish it?
Emphasis on Fly-Tipping ! My goodness what a priority that is. Come on what about all the pot hole in the roads and then street cleaning and weekly bin collections, maybe then people would not be Fly-tipping if the bins were properly emptied. As for the "Free after 3 pre 2012 charges", how about making charges free on derelict ground like by Conway Street Station. Totally disgusting having to pay to park our cars on that ground. Wake up councillors and put your house in order and think before you come out with silly statements. Like to see the list of councillors who voted in favour of the Freeze ;-) will the council dare to publish it? mickey1more

9:01pm Sun 2 Mar 14

GWB1983 says...

At the end of the day this Tory lead government have made all sweeping cuts across Britain, the problem we all have is that like a snake in the grass they are crawling away and the blame then lies on the local government.

The reason this happens is people are sadly blinded by what and who have done things in their name to start with, the Government have imposed cuts to all councils and the sad thing it is those councils who have to make those cuts and in doing so are then blamed.

It is very easy to forger all this, and the real problem lies with the British public who although they may be able to see are clearly blinded by spin and lies, and although they can hear they fail to hear the real facts and even worse the true cost to all in these cuts.

Our council is not to blame, I am not happy with cuts or closures but I certainly know the blame does not lie with our council but that of our unelected Government.
At the end of the day this Tory lead government have made all sweeping cuts across Britain, the problem we all have is that like a snake in the grass they are crawling away and the blame then lies on the local government. The reason this happens is people are sadly blinded by what and who have done things in their name to start with, the Government have imposed cuts to all councils and the sad thing it is those councils who have to make those cuts and in doing so are then blamed. It is very easy to forger all this, and the real problem lies with the British public who although they may be able to see are clearly blinded by spin and lies, and although they can hear they fail to hear the real facts and even worse the true cost to all in these cuts. Our council is not to blame, I am not happy with cuts or closures but I certainly know the blame does not lie with our council but that of our unelected Government. GWB1983

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