Public to have say on Monmouthshire tax rises

PEOPLE in Monmouthshire can have their say on council plans to raise council tax and turn off street lights as part of cost-cutting measures in next year’s budget.

Cabinet members met at County Hall in Rhadyr, near Usk, where budget proposals were approved at a special meeting for 2014/15. The proposals will now go into a consultation period which will allow the public to comment at the end of January.

The council has to make savings of £22.8 million over four years. The budget proposes an increase in council tax of three per cent and aims to create £134,000 of savings in leisure services alone.

Proposals include switching off street lights from midnight to 5am and a rise in school meals from £1.65 to £2.

Cllr Phil Murphy, cabinet member for finance, said the school budget would be protected and the future schools programme factored in.

He said: “The focus is on developing services to be as sustainable as possible and to avoid further cuts to front line services. The overspend of 2013/14 has been retained in the budget figures.”

The council was the first in Wales to directly engage with people on next year’s budget, which took place during a series of question and answer workshops during October.

Peter Fox, council leader, said: “Everyone has got involved in this from officers to the public. This has been a new way to do the budget this year. Many ideas have been morphed into proposals.

“The public consolation is an opportunity to talk to people and for the public to help close the gap.”

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2:03am Sat 21 Dec 13

robtgraham@tiscali.co.uk says...

Can I tell the poor Community Charge payers, voters and protesters of Monmouthshire. What ever you say or do, it will make NO DIFFERENCE. It's only a lip-service when the Council say 'Consultation'. Come down to Cwmbran one night and see how Cwmbran Drive and most streets and roads are lit (not). Most of Cwmbran is one black hole after dark and I pay £206.00 per month for the 'privelage'.
Can I tell the poor Community Charge payers, voters and protesters of Monmouthshire. What ever you say or do, it will make NO DIFFERENCE. It's only a lip-service when the Council say 'Consultation'. Come down to Cwmbran one night and see how Cwmbran Drive and most streets and roads are lit (not). Most of Cwmbran is one black hole after dark and I pay £206.00 per month for the 'privelage'. robtgraham@tiscali.co.uk

3:50am Sat 21 Dec 13

robtgraham@tiscali.co.uk says...

Privilege, even
Privilege, even robtgraham@tiscali.co.uk

11:19am Sat 21 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

robtgraham@tiscali.c
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Can I tell the poor Community Charge payers, voters and protesters of Monmouthshire. What ever you say or do, it will make NO DIFFERENCE. It's only a lip-service when the Council say 'Consultation'. Come down to Cwmbran one night and see how Cwmbran Drive and most streets and roads are lit (not). Most of Cwmbran is one black hole after dark and I pay £206.00 per month for the 'privelage'.
206 per month - good god and i thought i was being ripped off did you know a quarter of all the council tax goes to paying the generous pension schemes of the employees.


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[quote][p][bold]robtgraham@tiscali.c o.uk[/bold] wrote: Can I tell the poor Community Charge payers, voters and protesters of Monmouthshire. What ever you say or do, it will make NO DIFFERENCE. It's only a lip-service when the Council say 'Consultation'. Come down to Cwmbran one night and see how Cwmbran Drive and most streets and roads are lit (not). Most of Cwmbran is one black hole after dark and I pay £206.00 per month for the 'privelage'.[/p][/quote]206 per month - good god and i thought i was being ripped off did you know a quarter of all the council tax goes to paying the generous pension schemes of the employees. http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2512940/Quarter-coun cil-tax-goes-funding -town-hall-pensions- -5-7bn-handed-past-y ear-goes-paying-reti rement-incomes.html scraptheWAG

11:20am Sat 21 Dec 13

scraptheWAG says...

i have never figured out why the council tax doubled under labour for what purpose where did all that money go?
i have never figured out why the council tax doubled under labour for what purpose where did all that money go? scraptheWAG

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