Blackburn with Darwen council tax set to be frozen

This Is Lancashire: Blackburn with Darwen council tax set to be frozen Blackburn with Darwen council tax set to be frozen

BLACKBURN with Darwen Council’s Labour leadership will freeze the borough’s council tax when it sets its budget on Monday.

Borough leader Kate Hollern said she could not impose any extra cash burden on hard-pressed residents and families.

With Lancashire Police imposing a rise of just under two per cent on the rate it levies through the council tax, this means an average band D property will pay £1,486.46 a year in 2014-2015 without any extra parish council precept of up to £5.

Last year’s figure was £1,483.42.

Coun Hollern said: “We will be proposing a council tax freeze for 2014-2015.

“We did not think it was fair to impose a further burden on residents all ready hit by soaring energy prices, VAT and other costs.

“This coalition government left us with a difficult choice.

“We have had to cut £90 million from our budgets – 40 per cent.

“Service to the most vulnerable, hit by the bedroom tax and benefit cuts, have had to be severely reduced.

“We did not want to cut services further but felt we could not add to hard-pressed residents financial burdens and costs.

“As a Labour group, we just did not think that the people of Blackburn with Darwen council could afford to pay anything extra.”

As an all-purpose authority, Blackburn with Darwen is unaffected by Lancashire County Council’s decision to increase its levy by 1.99 per cent.

While Burnley has imposed a similar council tax rise, Ribble Valley, Hyndburn, Chorley, Rossendale and Pendle froze their charges as did the Fire and Rescue Authority.

Blackburn with Darwen borough is in the middle of a two-year programme to cut £30 million from its budgets after Whitehall grant reductions with 500 council jobs being axed, old people’s homes shutting, children’s centres closing and leisure centre charges rising as hours reduce.

Borough Liberal Democrat leader David Foster said: “I think this is the right thing to do. People cannot afford to pay any more.”

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7:20pm Fri 28 Feb 14

abetterblackburn says...

Let’s face the facts. We make our own bed so have to lay on it . . .

The people of Blackburn with Darwen deserve better councillors than what we have. Too many safe seats where their survival is a voting certainty for party loyalty reasons alone can only mean a poor performing council. Let’s all hope our next safe seat MP for Blackburn cares enough to actually want to live here!
Let’s face the facts. We make our own bed so have to lay on it . . . The people of Blackburn with Darwen deserve better councillors than what we have. Too many safe seats where their survival is a voting certainty for party loyalty reasons alone can only mean a poor performing council. Let’s all hope our next safe seat MP for Blackburn cares enough to actually want to live here! abetterblackburn
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8:16pm Fri 28 Feb 14

english rose 1 says...

abetterblackburn wrote:
Let’s face the facts. We make our own bed so have to lay on it . . .

The people of Blackburn with Darwen deserve better councillors than what we have. Too many safe seats where their survival is a voting certainty for party loyalty reasons alone can only mean a poor performing council. Let’s all hope our next safe seat MP for Blackburn cares enough to actually want to live here!
Hrrmmmm ... yet Blackburn with Darwen is the only Council to have been voted 'Council of the Year' on 2 occasions !
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Every independent body and set of performance indicators has praised the Council for being high performing.
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[quote][p][bold]abetterblackburn[/bold] wrote: Let’s face the facts. We make our own bed so have to lay on it . . . The people of Blackburn with Darwen deserve better councillors than what we have. Too many safe seats where their survival is a voting certainty for party loyalty reasons alone can only mean a poor performing council. Let’s all hope our next safe seat MP for Blackburn cares enough to actually want to live here![/p][/quote]Hrrmmmm ... yet Blackburn with Darwen is the only Council to have been voted 'Council of the Year' on 2 occasions ! * Every independent body and set of performance indicators has praised the Council for being high performing. * english rose 1
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5:26am Sat 1 Mar 14

Timefor says...

Wonder if local councils and councillors will ever develop the ability to take on the cuts and confront those responsible? Nah, far easier to impose the pain on those who can least fight back - and who will lose the most.
Wonder if local councils and councillors will ever develop the ability to take on the cuts and confront those responsible? Nah, far easier to impose the pain on those who can least fight back - and who will lose the most. Timefor
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