Thanet Council is proud of “only” increasing the budget by 3.99%. In the last 10 years central government funding to town halls has increased by 39%. So there has been plenty of money, where has it gone?
How to explain costs increasing by more than inflation at 3.1%?
Thanet Council is proud that this is the lowest increase in 5 years, and yet it is still a high increase.
Here is a picture today at Ramsgate Harbour of all the wheely bins which I presume are for Thanet as they are in our local colours. Look at the left the fencing is down and there appeared to be no obvious security. Reminds me of the old story of the docker stopped every day with his wheelbarrow to check he was taking nothing out by security. Turned out he was taking wheelbarrows. Anyone wandering around the dock pushing a wheely bin saying they are just taking the rubbish out?
In a new series I’ll be highlighting local authorities with lower increases than Thanet.
Today Thanet 3.99% increase (Fifth year in a row above inflation)
Birmingham 1.9% increase (Fourth year in a row below inflation)
Wandsworth NO INCREASE
Greater London Authority 2%
Do email me/comment other authorities with lower increases than Thanet, I think we’ll find it is one of the biggest increases in the country, with no justification for being above inflation for the fifth year running.