My letter in today's Isle of Thanet Gazette:
Local people may have seen Laura Sandys pledge that the Conservatives will reduce tax for local business at some time in the future. Pledges are fine. She could be taking action to save local people money now and is failing to do so. After Thanet Council’s 2009 budget was set the Government allocated an extra £314,324. This “windfall” came in late and as the Gazette (27/2/09) reported, Martin Wise Cabinet member for Finance has decided to keep the money for future years.
Local residents and businesses need real help now, not later. I wrote to Steve Ladyman MP and he replied that the money should be spent now. I have written to Ms. Sandys on a number of occasions but have not had the courtesy of a response. I am therefore writing to ask her publicly to call on Thanet Council to spend this windfall payment right now when we all need it.
Ms. Sandys in her press release said
“Conservatives would cut small businesses paperwork and their tax bills.”
Yet the local Conservative Council has an unexpected extra £314, 324 and is not cutting local tax bills.
Ms. Sandys is failing people in Thanet by not telling the Conservative run Council that they have made an error. Why write about possible future tax cuts, when Ms. Sandys could be demanding them right now.
Actions speak louder than words.