Poorest are paying most
2:22pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in Letters
HOW much longer must this nonsense go on? Council tax- payers (band D) in Blaenau Gwent are now paying £6.83 more per week than their counterparts in Cardiff and £8.46 more than those in Newport.
Also, when the 4.6% increase in Blaenau Gwent rates for the year 2013/14 takes place in April, it’s unfortunate council tax- payers will be paying £8.12 more per week than those in Cardiff, where the rates are going to be held at current levels. And if this isn’t bad enough, they will be paying more than the average band D council tax-payers in England.
So we have one of the poorest areas in the UK, in many respects, paying some of the highest council tax charges in the UK and the highest in Wales. Last year in England, when the government recognised just how hard pressed its citizens were, it froze the council tax rates and this year it capped them at 2%. What has the Assembly done for our council tax-payers? Nothing.
This situation has been going on for some years so the Assembly is obviously aware of it and is therefore quite prepared to let the poorest pay the most and not by a little. SHAME on you, Assembly.
Terry Glover, Kingfield, Ebbw Vale