Responding to the Cabinet’s decision to back a 1.9% rise in council tax bills in Caerphilly, Councillor Colin Mann, leader of the opposition Plaid Cymru group, said: “With the cost of living crisis hitting many very hard, the time is not right to increase the burden on hard-pressed residents of Caerphilly county.
“For many people council tax represents their highest monthly outgoing. However little the increase it just cannot be justified. People just can’t afford it. The council have received an extra £28 million from the Welsh Government, equal to around £191 for each adult resident
“We don’t believe the council should be adding to the increases people are already having to pay for heating, fuel, national insurance, as well as the rocketing cost of food.
“Last year, we revealed 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 but out-of-touch Labour leaders have failed to recognise reality and approved a 1.9% rise in bills. 2022 was the time to freeze bills. Labour failed to do so and that is hugely disappointing for tens of thousands of residents in Caerphilly county. When are they going to recognise the real world?
The council is due to meet this Thursday to confirm the council tax for 2022-23.