Plans announced by Conservative-run North Warwickshire Borough Council will see local hard-working taxpayers hit with an additional £40 a year charge for their green bin collection.
The currently free service, introduced in its current form under the last Labour Council has seen recycling rate soar across North Warwickshire. These new Conservative plans to charge will hit taxpayers hard. They will pay once through their council tax and a second time through this new charge.
Labour Group Leader, Cllr Adam Farrell said;
“It’s funny that the Conservative Councillors now willing to vote through this charge didn’t mention this during the election campaign. They promised to keep bills low for local people but have now backtracked on their promise. This charge is effectively another tax on hard-working people across North Warwickshire.
“The Labour Group I lead at North Warwickshire will never oppose things we can not afford to change, so when this proposal was first raised at the Council’s Executive Board on Monday, we abstained. We did so to give us time to work out the figures and prepare our alternative budget. Strangely, Labour Councillors were given no advance warnings of these proposals. We are now confident we can not only vote against the charge when it comes to Full Council at the end of the month but we can also find the money in the budget to show Conservative Councillors there is another way forward.
“The reality is, local Councils have been absolutely hammered by a Conservative Government cutting funding for vital services and pushing the burden on to local taxpayers. They give with one hand but take twice as much with the other.
“On Wednesday 26th February 2020, all Borough Councillors will vote in Full Council on whether to introduce this charge. Labour Councillors will vote against it and protect the pockets of hard-working taxpayers across North Warwickshire.”
Labour Councillors are asking local residents to back our campaign to stop the ‘Green Bin Charge’. Sign the petition below to back Labour’s calls for the Council to think again.