I predicted when I started my series on Thanet Council's Council Tax whopping 3.99% increase that
"I think we’ll find it is one of the biggest increases in the country"
local Tories have argued against this. Now we have the facts.
Today the well respected Local Government Association which Thanet Council is a member of, confirms that Thanet's increase is very high. In a survey of 300 English Councils they report:
"The Local Government Association, has today revised its prediction for council tax rises for this year to 3% as local authorities finalise their budgets - the lowest rise in over a decade."
Yet Thanet Council is increasing by 3.99%!
A massive 33% more than the average.
Whilst the majority of people in England are going to have an increase BELOW inflation at 3.1% to help them in these difficult economic times, Thanet will hit people hard when they are hurting with an ABOVE inflation increase for the fifth year in a row. Why?
Here are the local Tories' arguments:
1. It's all central government's fault?
Hundreds of other Councils in England have lower increases, why can't Thanet do what they can, we're not living in a different country!
2. There are Councils with bigger increases.
Yes, I have found 6 so far all Conservative. This is a complacent attitude, Thanet is in a relegation place in the league tables. Even mediocrity is too hard for local Tories to achieve.
3. Er, let's change the subject please. Can we move on.
UPDATE 25.2.09 19.50
Inflation is only 2% so Thanet's increase is double inflation. Click here and see 2 more Councils with lower increases.