Conservative councillors at Wokingham Borough have voted through a 1.9% council tax increase, refusing to support a Lib Dem proposal for a freeze in council tax.
The Conservatives rejected the government’s council tax freeze grant and brought in an increase just below the 2% level at which they would have had to allow residents a vote in a referendum.
Deputy group leader Cllr Lindsay Ferris (Twyford ward) said “We are obviously not all in this together. The Conservatives have increased the council tax by 1.9% despite our residents being hard pressed. They also did this last year. The Leader of the Council has delivered a budget that even Ed Balls would have been proud of – it is:
- high risk,
- high cost,
- has a high level of borrowing
- and is highly unpopular.”
Cllr Tom McCann (Loddon ward) added that the Conservatives’ budget plans were predictable and lacking in ambition. He said “a 0% rise in the council tax would have meant a saving of £23.71 this year to a Band D council tax payer. This could have been achieved, and the Council could still have delivered quality services spread equally around the borough.”