Hull’s Liberal Democrat councillors reject Labour’s Council Tax rise proposals

Hull’s Liberal Democrat councillors are calling on the Labour administration to freeze Council Tax and help out Hull's residents.

Last week Labour councillors included proposals to increase Council Tax by 1.95% as part of their budget for the coming year.

The Liberal Democrat alternative would be to see a freeze on Council Tax.

At the Council’s budget meeting next Thursday they will attempt to amend the budget and freeze Council Tax.

The Liberal Democrats want the Council to take government funding to avoid a rise. Labour councillors have refused to take the funding and have opted instead to increase Council Tax. 

Councillor Mike Ross, the Lib Dem Group’s Deputy Leader, said: “We are calling on Labour councillors to freeze Council Tax. It’s wrong that the Council should be asking for more money at a time when people are struggling to make ends meet, especially when the government is offering money to freeze Council Tax, which Labour Councillors are rejecting.

“The Lib Dems want to see more of the money people earn stay in their back pocket. That’s why we froze Council Tax locally before 2011 and in government the Liberal Democrats have cut the amount of tax people pay.

“We really should be working towards a stronger economy and a fairer society. That’s why I’m calling on Labour councillors to reject a rise in Council Tax and to take the government funding.”

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