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Posted - 23/01/2009 :  14:09:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
With the new increase that we will all have to pay in our Council Tax bill to be announced in the next few week, what increase would you be happy paying ?

The current rate of inflation is 3.1%

Our council tax bill is used to fund three organisations.

1. Blaenau-Gwent Council
2. Tredegar Town Council
3. South Wales Police

For the record, the inflation rate last year when they announced the raise in the council tax bill was 3.6%

The raise last year (2008) made by Blasenu-Gwent Coucil was 3.6%
The raise last year (2008) made by Tredegar Council was 9.1%

Have your say by voting now in the latest on-line poll here

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Posted - 10/02/2009 :  15:16:35 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i work for linde heavy truck devision in merthyr and they base our pay rise on the annual retail price index from december which was 0.97 percent, how can the council justify any raise this year when many more people are loosing their jobs, i think that may be if the coucilers took a cut in their expenses then may be there would not be such a big hole to fill

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Posted - 10/02/2009 :  16:10:15 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It will be very interesting to see how much Blaenau Gwent & Tredegar Town Councils ask from us this year. Anybody know when they will tell us what we got to pay ?

I see a lot of things like Computers and new cars are also going up in cost due to the week performace of the pound.... Dell have increase the price on one of their PC's from £349 6 months ago to over £400, just on this fact....
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Posted - 01/03/2009 :  19:04:25 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rise in council tax
Source: Gwent Gazzette

A PROPOSED council tax rise nearly exceeds the capping limit enforced by government.

A 4.95% increase, just five hundreds of a percent off the upper limit possible, is being suggested just to maintain the levels of funding available.

It could leave those in higher council tax bands struggling to pay the extra pounds every week to stay afloat.

The Welsh Assembly’s financial settlement meant the council are £500,000 short for the upcoming 2009/10 financial year.

As a 1% increase on council tax would only generate £200,000, a 2.5% increase is needed to repair the deficit.

A council spokesperson said the remaining uplift needed would only cover increased demands, and was a cost that may not be unavoidable.
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Posted - 01/03/2009 :  20:27:05 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well if those figures are right and they can cover the deficit by a 2% rise and they are asking for a 4.95% rise. Then why the hell are they looking to cut jobs and services.


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Posted - 02/03/2009 :  08:34:22 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Why not free up some of the £20 million plus the council has in 'savings'? 5 million from this would lower taxes and keep council jobs! Another cost saving would be to cut councillor expenses for a year. At the end of the day, aren't they there to look out for the best interests of local residents?

What a bunch of muppets! It's just not viable to live in the area anymore. No decent jobs and you have to travel if you want one. Why live here and pay inflated taxes?!

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Posted - 03/03/2009 :  08:00:43 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
'Low' Rise For Council Tax Payers
Source - BBC News

Local authorities in Wales are expected to introduce one of the lowest increases in council tax since it came into force in 1993.

With most confirming the level they will set for the coming year, research by BBC Wales suggests that there will be an average rise of 3.9% in April.
It means the average band D home is likely to have to pay around £905, a rise of £34 on last year.
The biggest rises are expected to be in Conwy and Ceredigion for a second year.
Other high increases will be seen in Bridgend and Blaenau Gwent (4.95%), Rhondda Cynon Taf (4.92%), and Monmouthshire (4.72%).
Four councils are expected to keep the level of increase below 3% - Caerphilly (2.7%), Merthyr Tydfil (2.9%), Denbighshire (2.95%) and Powys (2.99%).

It is the second year running that Welsh councils have kept their average increase below 4%.
This compares to a recently reported increase of 3% in council tax in England, with the average English band D bill estimated by the Local Government Association to increase by £41 to £1,414.
Councillor John Davies, leader of The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), said it had been hard to set council tax during the current economic climate.
"It's been very difficult if you consider all the additional pressures coming through from services delivery," he said.
"More people are asking for help and more people are on the poverty line because of the current financial crisis.
"The downturn in interest we have from our reserves has also made a big difference, which is something anybody who is trying to save money at the moment will know.
"For example councils who were previously gaining £4m in interest from their reserves in 12 months may now be looking at £500,000 at most.
"Put that together with more responsibilities being given to councils, along with the fact we have had one of the poorest [financial] settlements from the assembly government [this year]."
He said he was worried about how councils would cope in the long-term with more responsibilities being given to them, but low financial settlements from the Welsh Assembly Government.
"It's about how you sustain settlements and meeting the expectations of the public with regards to using services. How do you fund expectations?" he said.
Politicians representing Clwyd West said they were worried about the impact of a 5% council tax rise in Conwy.
It is the second year in a row that council tax payers in the area - along with Ceredigion - will receive a 5% rise in their bills.
David Jones MP said: "Many residents of Conwy are retired and are living on investment and savings income. Over the last few months, they have seen the return on their savings drop alarmingly.
"Many of them, now seeing this increase imposed by the council, will wonder how they will be able to pay their way.
His fellow Conservative, Darren Millar AM, added: "This inflation busting increase will hit everyone in Conwy hard.
"The recession has impacted on all sectors of society - from pensioners to business men - and this hike will push many people beyond their means."
In addition to the basic council tax, Welsh households will also face increases in their bills to fund the police, as well as smaller amounts for community or town councils.

Council tax increases in Wales:-

Key:- Council - % Increase - Average band D

Anglesey - 3% - £789.80 (to be confirmed)
Blaenau Gwent - 4.95% - £1,133.25 (TBC)
Bridgend - 4.95% - £1,008.70
Caerphilly - 2.7% - £875.52
Cardiff - 4.34% - £879.78
Carmarthenshire - 3.3% - £878.60
Ceredigion - 5.0% - £866.64
Conwy - 5.0% - £783.34
Denbighshire - 2.95% - £971.18
Flintshire - 3.3% - £850.78 (TBC)
Gwynedd - 3.94% - £924.73
Merthyr Tydfil - 2.9% - £1,093.69 (TBC)
Monmouthshire - 4.72% - £938.79 (TBC)
Neath Port Talbot - 3.9% - £1,110.59 (TBC)
Newport - 3.95% - £743.21
Pembrokeshire - 4.2% - £665.34
Powys - 2.99% - £852.92
Rhondda Cynon Taf - 4.92% - £1,047 (TBC)
Swansea - 4.45% - £918.38
Torfaen - 3.5% - £895.17 (TBC)
Vale of Glamorgan - 3.9% - £860.76 (TBC)
Wrexham - 3% - £838.31
Wales average - 3.9% - £905.76
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Posted - 03/03/2009 :  08:24:41 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
4.95% increase, with inflation at 3% an dropping...

Where do they think that people will get the money from with unemployment on the raise, and the average pay raise at or below inflation?

If the figures above turn out to be correct, Tredegar will remain the most expecsive place to live in Wales, again.......
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Posted - 03/03/2009 :  21:58:24 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
if people suddenly 'move' to share with people in other low band properties and only have a student registered for council tax then no council tax is payable on their original property, as students are exempt.
various smart and expensive properties in london seem to be 'occupied' by a lone student, while the millionaire owners slum it on the register somewhere else.


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Posted - 21/04/2009 :  13:11:54 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
with inflation below zero i look forward to a reduction in council tax next year. i imagine councillors will be queuing up to reduce their allowance payments this year to help with the deficit and council officers will be setting an example to the rest of us by asking for their pay to be reduced.


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Posted - 21/04/2009 :  16:22:09 Link directly to this reply  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

They (the councils) have been charging over inflation hikes for the last 10 years, and i don't see that changing anytime soon....
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