Monday, 2 December 2013

North West Leicestershire District Council set to introduce tax rises, charges and service cuts

Conservatives politicians at North West Leicestershire District Council as set to approve far reaching budget proposals which are set to have a significant impact on residents of Whitwick, Thringstone and the wider district.

Papers for the Council's Cabinet meeting on 10 December have been published which finalise the Tory administration's plans for the coming year.

Proposals include:

  • Introducing an annual charge of £30 for fortnightly collection of garden waste bins. A charge of £25 a year will apply to smaller garden waste bins. (A £5 discount will be applied for those who pay the charge by direct debit.)
  • No longer returning to collect 'unjustified missed bins'.
  • Increasing parking charges in town centre car parks
  • To start charging 'concessions' 50% for bulky waste collections.
  • To start charging 'concessions' 50% for treating wasps, fleas and bedbugs.
  • To start charging 'concessions' 50% for casual swimming (75% next year). 
  • To stop giving Community Grants.
  • To stop publishing 'Vision' magazine.
  • To significantly scale back the role of district council 'Chairman'.
Cuts are being made and new charges introduced as North West Leicestershire faces a projected budget shortfall of £500 thousand next year, rising to £2.8 million in 2017/18.

It is still expected that Council Tax will increase by 1.5% next year.

Leon Spence, County Councillor for Whitwick, said: 'This Tory-lead Government are having a devastating effect on local councils.

'Up and down the country, as a result of central government cuts, councils are having to make unpalatable decisions about the future of their services.

'We hear so much about how the economy is supposed to be getting better but we all know that local people face a cost of living crisis. As wages stagnate, council tax goes up, and you have to pay more for parking and for your garden waste bin to be emptied.

'The truth is for many local people the pound in your pocket is simply not going as far as it used to.'

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