Labour: increasing bills at every opportunity

Published on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 13:18
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Figures from parts of the UK where Labour has remained in power have revealed a pattern that has seen Labour increase such bills at every opportunity.

During Labour's last period in government in Scotland, council tax in Aberdeen rose by 72%, leaving residents with the highest average bills in Scotland. While Council Tax in Scotland has since been frozen, it has continued to rise in other parts of the UK where Labour are in office.

In England, Council Tax rose by 109% on average between 1997 and 2010, while in Wales which is still run by a Labour administration, bills have risen by a staggering average of 147% since the party started governing in 1997.

The SNP have to date surveyed the views of 8,487 residents of Aberdeen Donside, with 88% making clear that they disagree with Willie Young's call to be able to increase Council Tax.

Commenting, SNP Aberdeen Donside by-election candidate Mark McDonald said:

"Willie Young's call for the ability to hike up the Council Tax bills of people in Aberdeen Donside will have seemed incomprehensible to people living here whose budgets are already under significant pressure.

"However, what these figures show is that Willie Young's Council Tax views are just part of Labour's standard pattern of behaviour.

"While Council Tax has been frozen here thanks to the election of an SNP Government in 2007, it has continued to rise and rise where Labour remained in power.

"Putting up Council Tax bills is the last thing that people in Aberdeen Donside want or need, but a look around the rest of the UK shows that is exactly what they would get if Willie Young got his way.

"I will stand up for the people of this constituency who are overwhelmingly telling us that they want the Council Tax freeze to continue, and they should be in no doubt that a vote for the SNP will be a vote to ensure that Council Tax will not rise during this parliament."

Council Tax rates have increased by 147% in Wales since Labour took office in 1997.

Between 1997-98 and 2013-14 the average band D council tax rate in Wales increased from £495.57 to £1,225.87 – an increase of 147.37% (StatWales).

Council Tax rates more than doubled in England during Labour's time in government.

Between 1997-98 and 2010-11 the average band D council tax rate in England increased from £688 to £1,439 – an increase of 109.16% (House of Commons Library).

Council Tax rates have increased by 22% in Wales since 2007.

Between 2007-08 and 2013-14 the average band D council tax rate in Wales increased from £1,004.79 to £1,225.87 – an increase of £221.08 or 22% (StatWales).

4 of the 5 highest council tax increases in Wales have been in Labour councils.

Vale of Glamorgan has increased bills by 5%; Rhonndda Cynon Taf by 4.3%; Blaenau Gwent by 4.3%; and North Port Talbot by 4.2%.

The top 5 biggest council tax rises in England have all been in Labour councils.

Manchester has increased bills by 3.9%; Bury by 3.7%; Oldham 3.7%; Rochdale 3.7%; and Tameside by 3.7% (Department of Communities and Local Government).

In Manchester this will mean band D bills going up by £52.

Source: SNP


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