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Labour's £150,000 tax grab on Chesterfield residents.

March 1, 2021 6:56 PM
By Paul Holmes


Lib Dem Cllrs oppose the Labour Council's imposition of an above inflation, nearly 3% Council Tax hike, that will take another £150,000 from the pockets of hard-pressed Chesterfield residents.

Cllr Paul Holmes said, "Under Labour, Borough Council debt is soaring, and future financial deficits are not being dealt with. Constantly borrowing more money just increases interest payments. Constantly hiring more staff, such as the Council Leaders Executive Assistant, increases the salary bill and more than offsets savings supposedly to be made from voluntary redundancies."

"The answer cannot be to just dip Council hands into residents' pockets. Most insulting of all was Labour Cllrs describing the £150,000 tax take as 'just coppers' and saying they had 'no remorse, no apology, for taking tax rises."

"Labour need to get a grip of their out of control spending, not penalise residents already hit financially by a year of Covid and three Lockdowns."

"Kier Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party, says 'this is not the time for tax increases for individuals or businesses, given the ongoing impact of the pandemic'. Clearly Chesterfield Labour Cllrs completely disagree with their Leader."