The City of Lincoln Council has announced it will stick with a scheme which sees elderly residents pay the previous year's council tax rates, currently saving pensioners the lowly sum of 50p a month.
The authority, which sets the rate, believes that it means 'pounds back in the pensioners' pocket', giving them a fairer deal.
Directing his attack to the Leader of the Council, Cllr. Metcalfe addressed the meeting saying:
"I wonder if you or your colleagues realise what a completely useless scheme this is.
"If this matter went before council, we would ask for it to be deferred. You could utilise money used for this for a concerted take-up campaign to identify pensioners not claiming the benefits they are entitled to."
Cllr. Ms Karen Lee, Labour (Carholme Ward), also attacked the decision, saying:
"This 'saving' for pensioners is a huge con. You obviously haven't got the nous to work this out properly."The freeze only applies to the City of Lincoln Council's share of the tax – not the county council or police authority's share. The final council tax rate for the coming year has not been set.
City of Lincoln Council have produced this helpful video:
"We think any pounds we can get back in the pensioner's pocket is better than in the pocket of city hall. They don't agree with that. They're going back to their tax and spend policy which got the council into the mess we are now sorting out."