Cornwall’s Cabinet Proposes Everyone Pays Council Tax
It is hardly surprising, but Cornwall Council’s Cabinet went for their ‘slightly’ altered option of making everyone of working age pay 25% (Option C) of their Council Tax if they are in receipt of the Council Tax Benefit (CTB). This means, on a Band D the occupants will be asked to pay around £274 pounds.
During the very short debate, we had each Cabinet Member in turn saying they do not agree with the proposals, but with a sigh, will vote for them. A North Korean show trial would have been proud if they witnessed today’s proceedings. Granted it is a difficult task, but there are other options.
It is disappointing that the list I blogged about yesterday is being used to ‘scare’ Councillors into voting for the 25% option. Furthermore, it is tragic when the list of further cuts was made public, those who could have found themselves out of work, only got told of the proposals in an email an hour or two before the public release. Not very good for staff morale.
All in all, the Cabinet was done in an hour. It is now over to the full membership of the council to vote on this, or another proposal that may come forward.