Plaid Cymru councillors have rejected a proposed 2.5% rise in council tax bills in Caerphilly and called for a freeze because of the cost-of-living crisis.
Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the opposition Plaid Cymru group, said they felt increases should be rejected at a time when energy prices were rocketing, prices in shops were rising and a hike in National Insurance contributions was due to take effect in April.
Councillor Colin Mann said that all Council Taxpayers face a substantial monthly bill. As an example Band D taxpayers are already paying over £100 per month would now face another unwanted rise. This follows regular inflation-busting rises imposed by the Labour-run authority in past years. There is a limit to how long you can raid the pockets of the long-suffering Council Taxpayers
“Labour councillors have a long record of increasing council tax by above inflation – last year it was 3.9% – and now is not the time for them to pile another rise on really hard-pressed families and individuals. They have enough to worry about without more huge council tax bills landing on their doormats in March.
It is my firm understanding that Councillor Kevin Etheridge and the Independent group will also be arguing that no increase in Council Tax bills would be the correct decision
Councillor Colin Mann added: “The Labour group in Bridgend is proposing a freeze arguing this was possible because of the excellent funding settlement from the Welsh Government. The same surely applies to Caerphilly Council.
“In addition, Plaid Cymru revealed only three months ago that Labour was hoarding more than £180m in useable reserves. The financial accounts published by the council revealed that reserves had risen by more than £40m between 2019-20 and 2020-21.
“People need help and I call on the Labour group to recognise reality and reject a 2.5% rise and not push up bills again. It can be done if the will is there.”