Saturday, 28 September 2013

What do you think of Council Tax rises, 'Green Waste' collection charges and paying more for car parking?

You will have heard by now that North West Leicestershire District Council, like every other council in the country, are suffering tough financial times.

By 2016 the Council needs to save £1.5 million, that amount is forecast to rise to £2.84 million by 2018.

The Conservative administration at the Council have started making plans to realise savings.

They are planning on:
  • Raising your council tax.
  • Charging more for some services, like car parking, bulky waste collections for concessions or casual swimming for concessions.
  • Charging for some services that are currently free, for example a £30.00 charge for your 'green waste' wheelie bin.
  • Asking others to take on council services, for example moving more 'general fund' spending to Coalville special expenses which may mean getting rid of Christmas lights, or losing the annual 'Coalville Twenty13' style event.
  • Stopping some services altogether, for example by getting rid of the NWLDC Vision magazine.
No matter which party is in control of our district council tough decisions will need to be made.

The cuts that are being made by Tory-led Government to local councils will have a devastating effect.

My political opponent, Nick Rushton, summarised the situation perfectly when he recently spoke to local MP's:

'We left them in no doubt that popular services, from bus services to libraries, will not escape scot free, as we are losing more than a third of our budget....the question is whether the Government, which is responsible for our funding, will listen. I am not hopeful.'

The Conservative administration at North West Leicestershire District Council want to know what you think about their proposals.

You can read a detailed report here .

You can let your thoughts be known by clicking here .

11 comments:

  1. Just another way of trying to get blood out of the stone that is already dry.I have had no wage rise for five years where
    are we supposed to keep finding the money .The extra cost for the bins. Will only encourage. fly tipping.

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  2. If we are so short of money why are we changing a perfectly good clock for a digital monstrosity .

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    1. I am told that the existing clock is very expensive to maintain. The new clock will pay for itself very quickly.

      I suppose you could argue 'do we need a clock?'

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  3. Having recently read the pension contributions of £40k+ paid to the chief execs pension fund, on top of the very generous salary, none of the above seems fair.

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  4. Having recently read the pension contributions of £40k+ paid to the chief execs pension fund, on top of the very generous salary, none of the above seems fair.

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  5. How can we find out the amount spent on buffets and lunches for staff/managers? When I worked at nwldc there seemed to be buffets most days?

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  6. How can we find out the amount spent on buffets and lunches for staff/managers? When I worked at nwldc there seemed to be buffets most days?

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  7. car parking should be reduced to try and draw people into coalville not drive them away.
    i thought my waste collection was part of my council tax charge? if i'm charged 30 quid for it then i will just put it in my normal waste bin.
    get rid of the council magazine for sure. never read mine just goes straight in the bin.
    cut back on councillors allowances, they should do it for the good of the community they represent not financial gain.

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  8. I for one wont recyle if they charge. I cannot afford standard day of living as it is!

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  9. How about cutting councillor perks! Instead of continually punishing those that are squeezed tightly enough. I guess when they sit in their ivory towers perusing all that they rule in their perceived kingdom the last thing they are looking at are the minions they rule; a little bit of the "sheriff of nottingham" smell about it all.
    As for charging to collect waste, they can collect my green bin! and I will burn my waste. The only thing this kind of action will produce is possibly the missing of targets by the council. Then would that really matter as they are seen to not really care about their constituency, places like coalville look like the remnants of a war! What a dump!
    Maybe if they invested in such places they would reap enough reward to not have to make such drastic cuts! I won't hold my breath.

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