Thursday 27th June 2019,
North Yorks Enquirer

Record Council Tax Rises Across North Yorkshire

Data from the Tax Payer’s Alliance has been released which shows historical data regarding cumulative Council Tax (CT) rises spanning the last twenty years. 2018/19 Council Tax budgets are currently being voted upon.

North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) will be voting on February 20th 2019 to increase Council Tax by 5% whilst Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) will be voting to increase their Council Tax by 3% on March 1st 2019.

Data concerning councils across North Yorkshire show that councils across North Yorkshire have increased Council Tax by a rate nearly double some neighbouring councils since financial year 1997/8.

Source: Tax Payer’s Alliance

In fact, throughout the North of England, councils across North Yorkshire are the highest Council Tax raising councils over the last twenty years by a large margin. Only one other council, Darlington, manages to stop North Yorkshire councils making a clean sweep of the top 7 places across the North of England.

People across North Yorkshire are paying through the nose due to the incompetence of Conservative councillors.

Hambleton District (NYCC) Conservative 97.01%
Scarborough Borough (NYCC) Conservative 89.64%
Darlington Labour 87.41%
Richmondshire District (NYCC) Conservative 85.01%
Selby District (NYCC) Conservative 82.80%
Craven District (NYCC) Conservative 81.41%
Harrogate Borough (NYCC) Conservative 78.23%
Ryedale District (NYCC) Conservative 75.73%
York City Con / Lib Dem
73.11%
Wakefield Labour 57.90%
Hull City Labour 52.50%
Leeds City Labour 50.48%
East Riding of Yorkshire Conservative 42.46%
Bradford City Labour 40.72%
Calderdale Labour 38.05%
Kirklees Labour 35.70%

People across the Borough of Scarborough have seen staggering incompetence from their Tory councillors.

CT payers funded gross negligence totalling £27million due to High Point Rendel sea defence contracts scandal.

SBC Council Tax payers now have an unsecured loan of £9million to developer Benchmark in their name.

Council Tax payers invested £8.6million in a revamp of the Spa Theatre. After initially failing under SBC management, the decision was made to bring in a professional management company (SIV, Sheffield City Council) but not one penny of profit has come from the resulting profit sharing agreement.

CT payers funded the OAT to the tune of nearly £6million with no prospect of any profit from their investment.

Council Tax payers funded the demolition of the Futurist Theatre at a cost of £4.2million. The project is causing massive distress for the neighbours which may result in more cost to the Council Tax payer.

Meanwhile Whitby’s Piers have been known to have been crumbling for years and any resulting structural failure from SBC’s neglect may result in damage to homes and businesses around the harbour to the tune of millions.

Scarborough Borough Council is a council replete with incompetent Tories who couldn’t find their own backsides with both hands and a sniffer dog.

On May 2nd 2019 elections are being held across the Borough of Scarborough and the electorate have the opportunity to take those failing Conservative councillors behind the electoral barn and give them both barrels.

The ethos of this blog is value for money from council services, so I’ll be standing as a UKIP Councillor and looking to implement our Low Tax / Small Government policy. We are looking to freeze the SBC portion of Council Tax for the full four years in office. Is that something you’d vote for or would you like more tax rises?

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