Wednesday, 26 March 2008

£18,762,000 hike in council tax on West Lindsey’s taxpayers under Gordon Brown

Effect of Labour’s local taxes hikes on soaring cost of living exposed

New figures today have revealed that the tax take from council tax bills across West Lindsey has soared by an estimated 123% under Labour. This is equivalent to Gordon Brown raking in an extra £1.7m of council taxes each year since 1997. The news comes as new council tax bills are being sent out by West Lindsey District Council.Official answers by Labour Ministers show, for the first time, how much extra money is now being raked in from council tax in every part of England. Small print from the Budget also reveals that the Government is forecasting a £1.2 billion rise in council tax across Britain from April.

· The increase in council tax receipts across Britain under Gordon Brown is the equivalent of levying an extra 4 pence on the basic rate of income tax. As a whole, council tax now rakes in the equivalent of 7 pence on income tax.
· New figures show that across the East Midlands, the money collected from council tax is estimated to have soared by 131% from £765,000,000 in 1996/97 to £1,767,150,000 in 2008/09, a rise of £1,002,150,000 under Labour.
· Official statistics also show that council tax bills in West Lindsey have collectively risen by £18,762,000 from 1997 to 2007 – a rise of 123%.

Giles McNeill, Nettleham Parish Councillor, said:
“Under Gordon Brown, council tax has been turned into the ultimate stealth tax – with West Lindsey’s taxpayers left to foot a £18m bill imposed from Whitehall. People are paying more and getting less.

“Whitehall must stop imposing unfunded burdens and regulations on town halls. But people power is also needed to control council tax. Conservatives will give local residents the power to veto high council tax rises through local referendums. We will place local taxpayers back in control of town hall finances.”

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