Plaid Cymru has condemned a proposed 3.9% increase in council tax by Labour-run Caerphilly County Borough Council.
Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the Plaid Cymru group, said: “If this rise is approved it will mean that Labour will have hiked council tax bills by £172.87 – or £3.32 a week more - in just four years. I can’t think of any area of society where such massive rises in bills have been imposed.
“Plaid Cymru finds the 3.9% rise unacceptable, particularly when inflation is running at under 0.5%. The council leadership needs to go back to the drawing board and look again at its proposal.
“Many of our residents are really struggling at present with thousands on furlough and huge numbers have lost their jobs in what is the deepest recession for 300 years. The Labour group needs a reality check and think about those struggling to make ends meet. Perhaps they ought to take a leaf out of the book of Labour Party leader Keir Starmer who in England is opposing a council tax hike.”
Council tax rises in previous years: 2018-19: 4.52%; 2019-20: 6.95% and 2020-21: 4.7%