Council claim 11-year-record on council tax

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Eastleigh council leader Keith House

 

Eastleigh Borough Council confirmed that it will provide residents with a real term cut in its Council Tax for 2014-15 for the eleventh year in a row.

Less than 10% of the total Council Tax bill goes to Eastleigh Borough Council and this year the average borough element for a Band D household including special expenses is £130.07 or just over £2.50 per week.

Council Leader Keith House said:

“Given the tough financial time that many of our residents are having I am pleased to confirm this real term cut in our Council Tax. This will give our residents a total of 11 years of council tax increases below inflation. We believe this to be an unequalled record, and we have done this without significant reductions in frontline services. This has been achieved in large part, due to our record of sound financial management and our programme of investments in property.”

“By freezing council tax for a fourth year, and seeing a cut in real terms for eleven years running, we are delivering value for money when times are tight, protecting services along the way to achieve a strong economy in a fair society.”

 

  13 comments for “Council claim 11-year-record on council tax

  1. Eastleigh Resident who is not daft
    February 26, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    This is misleading. As EBC are dumping costs to Parish and Town Councils by moving land etc that requires servicing. The Parish and Town Council Precepts ARE increasing due to this as the costs and charges need to be covered. Currently District and Borough Councils WILL be penalised if they raise Council Tax by the Coolition Governement that the Lib Dems are part of, and could be open to a referrendum if they do. Parish Councils are NOT covered currently by this instruction from centarl government.
    So the easy way out for EBC is to dump services and maintenance onto Town & Parish Councils.

    Smoke & Mirrors comes to mind.

    • February 26, 2014 at 8:18 pm

      Also worth noting is that in the Budget meeting on Tuesday it emerged that the Borough Council is getting some funds from the Police & Crime Commissioner. If I understand correctly, it is funding for specific projects intended to help reduce anti-social behaviour, etc.

      My understanding is that the PCC component of our Council Tax is going up this year.

      More smoke & mirrors…?

  2. david
    February 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Don’t believe a word tgat comes out of “builder” house’s mouth #fibdems

  3. February 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    A similar claim proved to be misleading last year, as despite the Lib Dems campaigning on ‘frozen Council Tax’ in the Eastleigh by election, the Borough component of my Council Tax increased…

  4. February 26, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    Eastleigh Borough Council may have reduced council tax in real terms but I now pay more on petrol taxes sitting in the congestion this council has created! I wonder how much the Council has borrowed against every man woman and child in the borough in order to keep these artificially low taxes? Personally I would prefer to pay what is needed! In return breathe clean air, look upon green fields once in a while and believe our Councillors were actually looking after our interests.

    • February 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm

      Hampshire County Council has the lions share of my Council Tax every year. That’s where we really need to be looking…!

      I still say we should scrap the three tier system and make ‘well-run’ Eastleigh a Unitary Authority. The old argument that Eastleigh isn’t big enough will fail soon, once all these new homes are built…!

      • CR
        March 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

        What, so EBC can have SCC’s money troubles? Becoming a unitary authority greatly expands what a previously second-tier authority does, or at least is responsible for. Given HCC hasn’t outsourced much, relatively speaking, the size and complexity of the EBC payroll would increase considerably (a few hundred to potentially a few thousand). Do you really think EBC could run care homes and manage schools (for example) better than HCC, and from a standing start?

  5. Mike
    February 27, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Councils waste money full stop with their gold plate pensions, expenses and parking allowances to name just a few. Politicans are equally only ever happy spending money it helps buy the votes of those that are ignorant. The polticial circle of defeat always comes around which is very similar to other life guarantees of death, taxes and absurd council spending.

    Cut cut and cut and spend more money on core services like the elderly(who sale their homes for care) vulnerable and the young. The tax payers alliance are on to this lot anyway.

    • CR
      March 1, 2014 at 10:41 am

      ‘Cut cut and cut and spend more money on core services like the elderly(who sale their homes for care) vulnerable and the young.’

      So, no more money for potholes? Gritting the roads in winter? Perhaps close down all libraries too? As it stands, social services and schools is where most of the county council’s budget actually goes – and you want to spend even *more* money on them! At the same time as slashing the terms and conditions of employees however – I wonder how you’re going to go about attracting good staff (and keeping hold of existing ones) in these newly-expanded departments…?

      • ukgonetothedogs
        March 4, 2014 at 1:50 pm

        Councils waste far too much money on non-entity jobs and staff benefits so they really should not have a problem retaining their best staff.
        They work 37 hours a week, get a parking allowance (even though some do not drive) and a generous taxpayers funded pension. The terms of conditions of most public sector employees far exceeds those of the private sector which generates the wealth for their spending spree and leisure projects (Rose Bowl).

        Politicians like spending money it makes them feel good and buys electoral votes and is one of the reasons we are 1.4 trillion in debt. In my opinion we will see a gradual decline in all our public services as no political figure has a vision to do what is necessary.

        I have little empathy with councils and these social housing providers which have dubious credit ratings and are adding to the chaos.

  6. Rigel
    February 27, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    They borrow 100m to invest in property,
    their property investments reduce council tax
    therefore
    they borrow to keep council tax down ,

    some of their projected costs for late 2014 will be covered by projected income from the rosebowl hotel, thats ok until the deal goes sour and interest rates climb

    if they can agree massive housing plans then lenders see them as a better debtor cos 500 houses p/a = £.5m more ctax p/a

  7. February 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Parking fees and fines-where is that being spent? ON POTHOLES?

  8. Matthew (Crazy as a box of frogs) Myatt
    March 3, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Why can’t we all just rejoice at the fantastic news that once again Eastleigh Fib Dems are saving us money on our council bills.

    I for one welcome the news and take my hat off to a well run, honest, hardworking and efficient council that serves ALL it’s residents with impunity.

    Keith House for Prime minister I say.!

    Where did I leave the pills..??

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