Bill Etheridge SLAMS Council Tax Rises As ‘Next Great Betrayal’
Bill Etheridge UKIP MEP for the West Midlands and Chairman of the libertarian Indigo Group has slammed across the board Council Tax hikes as “the next great betrayal” of British voters and said that they must be on the agenda for the upcoming set of local elections.
The average English household will pay an extra £81 in council tax from April, in the steepest increases for 14 years while local authority funding has been reduced in the name of austerity by 40% over the past six years, though some councils have coped better than others.
Mr Etheridge said:
Dudley residents suffered a 4.49% Council Tax rise when Tory and Labour councillors joined forces to vote down UKIP’s much smaller proposal.
UKIP has traditionally been the party of lower taxes and this is one of the issues we should be pushing as our message at these local elections.
It is also noticeable that though services have been cut, the salaries and bonuses of council bosses have escaped in general, remarkably unscathed.
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