Residents in North Warwickshire will see their Council Tax bill rise in 2016, after the Conservative run Borough Council failed to deliver its pre election pledge of cutting Council Tax.

The total Council Tax bill in 2016 will be around 6% higher for residents in North Warwickshire after the Conservatives failed to deliver the cut residents were promised at the election. 

Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said, “The North Warwickshire Conservative Group has failed to deliver the budget they promised during the election. They said they would deliver a real cut in Council Tax for local people, but they didn’t.  They froze, rather than cut, the Borough Council Tax.  However, because of the decisions at Warwick and from the Police Commissioner, bills will rise by 6%. 

“Their election literature promised a cut in council tax. They failed to deliver it. They promised to roll out high-speed broadband, yet they have cut the funding in half. They promised to protect our communities, but they have cut the safer communities budget. They promised to improve local peoples health and wellbeing, but they instead spend the money on other projects. They also rejected Labour plans to scrap the Mayors Chauffer! It is a catalogue of broken promises.”

Labour Councillors put forward an amendment to the budget that would have seen the money paid to Councillors cut by 10%, the Mayors Chauffer reduced and the £25,000 paid to consultants scrapped. This would have paid for an extra £11,250 investment in health, £20,000 to reduce crime, £20,000 for our leisure facilities and a £40,000 investment at Arley Sports Centre. The Conservatives rejected the amendment.

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