Press Release from Northumberland Labour Group
Monday 21 January 2013
ANOTHER LIB DEM SHAMBLES AS PLANS TO FOIST RESPONSIBILITIES ON PARISH COUNCIL DELAYED AGAIN
Labour slams attempts to hide Council Tax increases
Plans by Lib Dem controlled Northumberland County Council to transfer the provision of local services to local parish councils are in disarray as the Council admitted they are once again delaying implementation of their policy.
Under the Lib Dem’s “Parish Council Charter”, Northumberland County Council is seeking to transfer services including cemeteries, parks, playing fields and community centres to Parish Councils despite local concerns about Parish Council’s abilities to take on these services.
Now the Council have admitted that they plan to delay implementation for their Parish Council Charter until 1st April 2014.
Labour has labelled these plans as a “backdoor” way of getting parish councils to take the blame for Council Tax increases.
Councillor Grant Davey, Leader of Northumberland Labour Group said:
“Forcing local parish councils to take on service provision is just a blatant attempt by the Lib Dems at the County Council to pass the blame for Council Tax increases to others in local Parish Councils.
“It is outrageous that they try to claim that they are freezing Council Tax whilst hiding away tax hikes under titles such as “Special Expenses” or forcing parishes to increase their precepts.
“A unitary council was intended to be a way of delivering high quality and more efficient services across the county. Instead under their Leadership, we have a council unwilling to provide the services and trying to shirk their responsibilities. They are trying to pass the buck and the blame on to parish councils who can’t support these services, either financially or organisationally.
“These hidden Council Tax increases are a huge burden on struggling working families and what’s worse is that people in the parish areas know they are paying for things twice over.”