Two in three local authorities are planning council tax rises to cover sudden growth in population, a study has revealed.There’s a baby boom, all of a sudden?
They say they will increase the size of bills to cover the extra demands on public services, including schools, hospitals and transport.
Councils are also being forced into the unpopular position of raising charges for services - or making cuts.
Two thirds of local authorities plan to up council tax bills to cover increasing demands on public services from an influx of migrants.Ahhh, the ‘influx of migrants’ that Labour were quick to pooh-pooh as nothing more than ‘Little Englander hysteria’.
Critics say taxpayers are being hit in the pocket because the Government woefully underestimated the influx of migrants to the UK. More than 700,000 immigrants have arrived since 2004.Yeah, that's not going to put any cats among any pigeons, is it...?
Meanwhile, public funding has dried up because of the economic crisis.
Over 80 per cent of local authorities blamed changes in their population, including the massive rise in immigration when former Soviet Bloc countries joined the European Union, for planned council tax hikes.
The study, co-written by the Centre for Business and Economic Research, showed an alarming 67 per cent of council leaders planned to bump up charges, for instance for use of sport centres or libraries, to make up the shortfall.So, Labour fudged the figures, were asleep at the switch, and then screwed the economy? Be hard to see them wriggle out of this one, but I’m sure they’ll give it a try…
Russell Hobby, associate director of the Hay Group, which helped carry out the study, said: 'The demand for public services is potentially infinite.Aha, there’s a recipient of Nu Lab’s training in obfuscation and management-speak! ‘Negotiate a new contract’..? ‘People they serve’..? ‘Costs and sacrifices’..? I know the words, but their use is unfamiliar.
'In the current climate, frontline leaders need to negotiate a new contract with the communities they serve, in order to match public expectations with the resources available.
'This needs to be based on straight-talking about costs and sacrifices.'
What they mean, when drilled down to basics, is that we are all screwed…