Tax freeze will ease squeeze on families

THOUSANDS of households in Worcestershire can expect a council tax freeze this year, it has emerged.

Wychavon District Council is intending to freeze its rates, a move that is set to benefit 51,000 households in areas including Droitwich, Pershore and Evesham.

It comes despite council leaders admitting the authority is in dire financial straits, with £1 million having to be cut from spending by 2015.

The council tax freeze, for the third year in a row, is being softened by the Government, which is handing over a cash bonus of about £50,000 in return for holding increases at zero.

Councillor Bob Banks, the cabinet member for resources, said: “It is our wish to freeze council tax because we do not want to increase the burden on people. The general thrust is that we’ve been given a lousy funding settlement by the Government, which will affect us very badly, but we don’t intend to increase council tax to make up for it.

“We plan to draw breath and prepare the best we can, while not adding to the pressure households face.

“This will be the third year in a row where we’ve gone for a freeze, and although it’s not without its disadvantages, we believe it to be the right thing.”

The total average band D bill for residents in the Wychavon district is currently £120.07 a month, with the cash being split to the county council, district council, police, fire service and possibly a parish council.

The district council’s income is only eight per cent of the total amount, and works out at £108.44 a year from each band D property.

The freeze is subject to a vote before full council next month, by which time the other authorities will have to make their positions known too.

Wychavon’s funding from central government is being slashed seven per cent in 2013/14 and 15 per cent the following year.

Vic Allison, deputy managing director, said rural authorities had been “unfairly targeted” for cuts and that fresh savings will need to be identified.

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12:40pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Mrs_PC says...

I would like to know exactly why we are paying Worcester city Council anything out of our council tax bills as I haven't seen or heard one gritter out on our roads for 2 years now and that includes main roads and bus routes. Both the green and black bins need emptying every week and not like they are being emptied now, but I think this is an ongoing argument between the public and council. I also have a dog and am appalled by the lack of dog bins. No wonder dog walkers are leaving poo on grass and pavements, as their nearest poo bin is miles away and people do not like walking their dog carrying a full poo bag.

The city council need to look what they are spending our council tax on that we pay as they have dug a hole outside my child's school and planted weeds and stingy nettles and call it wildlife. It is an eyesore and the hole is full of polluted rain water, shopping trolleys and beer cans and the weeds and nettles are dangerous to the public and especially children. There is no safety fencing around the hole either. What a waste of our money.

Also when I put my black bin out just after the christmas period, bear in mind they were a day late collecting it due to xmas break but because it was full we put two extra black bin bags next to the bin of which the bin men didn't take and stuck a note on them saying we had to take them to the tip ourselves. How disgusting this is it wouldn't have hurt them to take the two bags as we never put any extra bags out. Surely just once a year when it is xmas and there is more rubbish created due to presents and excessive party food, the council would take any extra bags. I then had to make two trips to Droitwich tip as my local Worcester tip had long queues to get in to take the extra bags polluting the environment more with my carbon car fumes. The queue was due to the Worcester City Council having such ridiculous rules and policies in taking extra bags.

Also I was appalled to see a man sat driving a road sweeper outside my kitchen window the same day the bin men didn't take my extra bin bags which is a complete waste of our money again because all it does is brushes the dirt and leaves around the road and into the gutter and down the drains which at present cannot cope with the large rainfalls we have been experiencing due to being blocked with the dirt the road sweeper has swept down them. Again what a waste of our money.

I have spoken to the Worcester City Council with my issues many times and never get a response from anybody and I have also spoken to my local Councillor who was also next to useless. Both gave the same excuse that they have lack of funding. If they were to sit down and look at how our money is being spent on things that are not a necessity to the environment, they would see that there are other more things that they should be spending our money on instead. It is not rocket science.

I am so disgusted that we pay Worcester City Council more money than we pay the Fire Brigade who in my eyes are worth every penny and work much harder.

We shouldn't be having our council tax frozen, we should be having it looked at thoroughly and things that are not a necessity should be excluded out of what we pay.
I would like to know exactly why we are paying Worcester city Council anything out of our council tax bills as I haven't seen or heard one gritter out on our roads for 2 years now and that includes main roads and bus routes. Both the green and black bins need emptying every week and not like they are being emptied now, but I think this is an ongoing argument between the public and council. I also have a dog and am appalled by the lack of dog bins. No wonder dog walkers are leaving poo on grass and pavements, as their nearest poo bin is miles away and people do not like walking their dog carrying a full poo bag. The city council need to look what they are spending our council tax on that we pay as they have dug a hole outside my child's school and planted weeds and stingy nettles and call it wildlife. It is an eyesore and the hole is full of polluted rain water, shopping trolleys and beer cans and the weeds and nettles are dangerous to the public and especially children. There is no safety fencing around the hole either. What a waste of our money. Also when I put my black bin out just after the christmas period, bear in mind they were a day late collecting it due to xmas break but because it was full we put two extra black bin bags next to the bin of which the bin men didn't take and stuck a note on them saying we had to take them to the tip ourselves. How disgusting this is it wouldn't have hurt them to take the two bags as we never put any extra bags out. Surely just once a year when it is xmas and there is more rubbish created due to presents and excessive party food, the council would take any extra bags. I then had to make two trips to Droitwich tip as my local Worcester tip had long queues to get in to take the extra bags polluting the environment more with my carbon car fumes. The queue was due to the Worcester City Council having such ridiculous rules and policies in taking extra bags. Also I was appalled to see a man sat driving a road sweeper outside my kitchen window the same day the bin men didn't take my extra bin bags which is a complete waste of our money again because all it does is brushes the dirt and leaves around the road and into the gutter and down the drains which at present cannot cope with the large rainfalls we have been experiencing due to being blocked with the dirt the road sweeper has swept down them. Again what a waste of our money. I have spoken to the Worcester City Council with my issues many times and never get a response from anybody and I have also spoken to my local Councillor who was also next to useless. Both gave the same excuse that they have lack of funding. If they were to sit down and look at how our money is being spent on things that are not a necessity to the environment, they would see that there are other more things that they should be spending our money on instead. It is not rocket science. I am so disgusted that we pay Worcester City Council more money than we pay the Fire Brigade who in my eyes are worth every penny and work much harder. We shouldn't be having our council tax frozen, we should be having it looked at thoroughly and things that are not a necessity should be excluded out of what we pay. Mrs_PC
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12:55pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Mrs_PC says...

Meant to also say that I have even asked if I could meet with my local Councillor and the boss man who is in charge of our bin collection to air my issues with them and go through the more necessities that our council tax should be spent on, but worcester hub says that it wouldn't happen because they would need more than one person saying they have a problem with what we are paying out to be in the meeting and not just me.

There has got to be millions of people living in Worcester who feel the same that I feel about this topic.

The Council basically need more complaints made public and not just mine.
Meant to also say that I have even asked if I could meet with my local Councillor and the boss man who is in charge of our bin collection to air my issues with them and go through the more necessities that our council tax should be spent on, but worcester hub says that it wouldn't happen because they would need more than one person saying they have a problem with what we are paying out to be in the meeting and not just me. There has got to be millions of people living in Worcester who feel the same that I feel about this topic. The Council basically need more complaints made public and not just mine. Mrs_PC
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1:23pm Tue 8 Jan 13

worcwisdom says...

I would be more than happy to pay a few pounds a year more to bolster the Council's budget.
I believe it is a mistake to freeze this when a tiny increase would have a massive effect.
I would be more than happy to pay a few pounds a year more to bolster the Council's budget. I believe it is a mistake to freeze this when a tiny increase would have a massive effect. worcwisdom
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1:24pm Tue 8 Jan 13

brooksider says...

You shouldn't have to have a meeting with the boss man, that's your Councillor's job.
If he is refusing to follow up your complaint, name and shame him/her.
You shouldn't have to have a meeting with the boss man, that's your Councillor's job. If he is refusing to follow up your complaint, name and shame him/her. brooksider
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4:54pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Mrs_PC says...

Sorry worcwisdom says - you are entitled to your opinion but I disagree. We shouldn't be paying any money to Worcester City Council because we are not getting anything back in return from them. They are not putting the money they get from us yearly to any proper use. They are spending it on things that are not a necessity. I think you are mad agreeing to an increase.

|You think that digging a hole outside my son's school which fills with polluted rain water and planting weeds and stingy nettles, not emptying both bins on a weekly basis and taking extra rubbish once a year at xmas time, not gritting bus routes and main roads and not providing enough doggy poo bins then employing somebody to sit in a road sweeper all day sweeping dirt and leaves into the gutter and down the drains that are not coping with heavy rain is worth an increase in our Council Tax.

You must be bonkers or the world you are living in must be perfect.
Sorry worcwisdom says - you are entitled to your opinion but I disagree. We shouldn't be paying any money to Worcester City Council because we are not getting anything back in return from them. They are not putting the money they get from us yearly to any proper use. They are spending it on things that are not a necessity. I think you are mad agreeing to an increase. |You think that digging a hole outside my son's school which fills with polluted rain water and planting weeds and stingy nettles, not emptying both bins on a weekly basis and taking extra rubbish once a year at xmas time, not gritting bus routes and main roads and not providing enough doggy poo bins then employing somebody to sit in a road sweeper all day sweeping dirt and leaves into the gutter and down the drains that are not coping with heavy rain is worth an increase in our Council Tax. You must be bonkers or the world you are living in must be perfect. Mrs_PC
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4:59pm Tue 8 Jan 13

worcwisdom says...

Yes it's lovely thanks and I definitely only want my bins emptied every other week!
Yes it's lovely thanks and I definitely only want my bins emptied every other week! worcwisdom
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5:09pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Mrs_PC says...

Worcwisdom says ... Now I know you must be bonkers if you want your bins emptied every other week because millions of other people want them emptied on a weekly basis together like me because it is an on going problem that is always in newspapers and local news.

Either that or you probably work for Worcester City Council or at County Hall.
Worcwisdom says ... Now I know you must be bonkers if you want your bins emptied every other week because millions of other people want them emptied on a weekly basis together like me because it is an on going problem that is always in newspapers and local news. Either that or you probably work for Worcester City Council or at County Hall. Mrs_PC
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5:09pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Mrs_PC says...

Worcwisdom says ... Now I know you must be bonkers if you want your bins emptied every other week because millions of other people want them emptied on a weekly basis together like me because it is an on going problem that is always in newspapers and local news.

Either that or you probably work for Worcester City Council or at County Hall.
Worcwisdom says ... Now I know you must be bonkers if you want your bins emptied every other week because millions of other people want them emptied on a weekly basis together like me because it is an on going problem that is always in newspapers and local news. Either that or you probably work for Worcester City Council or at County Hall. Mrs_PC
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5:17pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Mrs_PC says...

Meant to also say to Worcwisdom - You must have alot of money to throw away if you think all the things I have mentioned is accceptable from the Worcester City Council and that an increase is ok and freezing our Council Tax charges is wrong. You must be the only person that enjoys throwing you money away to the council and not the fire brigade as they hardly get any of our council tax that we pay and as I have mentioned before, do a better job and are worth every penny that we give them.
Meant to also say to Worcwisdom - You must have alot of money to throw away if you think all the things I have mentioned is accceptable from the Worcester City Council and that an increase is ok and freezing our Council Tax charges is wrong. You must be the only person that enjoys throwing you money away to the council and not the fire brigade as they hardly get any of our council tax that we pay and as I have mentioned before, do a better job and are worth every penny that we give them. Mrs_PC
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5:17pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Mrs_PC says...

Meant to also say to Worcwisdom - You must have alot of money to throw away if you think all the things I have mentioned is accceptable from the Worcester City Council and that an increase is ok and freezing our Council Tax charges is wrong. You must be the only person that enjoys throwing you money away to the council and not the fire brigade as they hardly get any of our council tax that we pay and as I have mentioned before, do a better job and are worth every penny that we give them.
Meant to also say to Worcwisdom - You must have alot of money to throw away if you think all the things I have mentioned is accceptable from the Worcester City Council and that an increase is ok and freezing our Council Tax charges is wrong. You must be the only person that enjoys throwing you money away to the council and not the fire brigade as they hardly get any of our council tax that we pay and as I have mentioned before, do a better job and are worth every penny that we give them. Mrs_PC
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