Only the Conservative Opposition Group on North East Lincolnshire Council is on the side of hard-pressed Council Tax payers.
At last night’s special meeting of North East Lincolnshire Council, convened to reconsider the 2018-19 budget following last week’s failure to reach agreement, the Conservative members stuck to their guns and, once again, voted against the proposed 4.98% Council tax increase. However, Liberal Democrat and UKIP members caved in and supported the Labour administration. As a result, a 4.98% Council Tax increase was agreed.
“Our message is simple”, said Conservative Group Leader Cllr Philip Jackson. “If the Labour administration had been quicker in bringing about changes in the way services are delivered and had done more to maximise income, this full Council Tax increase would have been unnecessary. Examples include failure to lease out the former O’Neill’s pub in Cleethorpes, the public toilets saga, the years it’s taken to introduce a new car parking strategy coupled with the loss of income from broken down car park ticket machines, the failure to increase recycling rates over the last five years and the lack of enforcement on litter, dog-fouling and fly-tipping which has resulted in massive clean-up costs for the Council.”
“This Labour administration has shown itself incapable of delivering basic services effectively and efficiently and the hard-pressed Council Tax payer is suffering as a result”, he added.
Cllr Philip Jackson
North East Lincolnshire Council Conservative Opposition Group Leader