No minister

First published in Letters

LESLEY Griffiths, Local Government Minister, stated on television (March 9) that band D council tax payers in Wales paid less than their counterparts in England. Well, just to put the record straight, band D council tax payers in Blaenau Gwent pay not only more than the average band D council taxpayers in England but they are also heading towards having the highest council tax charges in England and Wales despite being, arguably, the poorest area in the UK. You ought to hang your head in shame, Minister!

Terry Glover Kingfield Ebbw Vale

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11:38am Wed 12 Mar 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

You're right. Blainau's council tax is way higher, across the board, than surrounding counvcils

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You're right. Blainau's council tax is way higher, across the board, than surrounding counvcils http://www.proviser. com/regional/local_a uthorities/newport/c ouncil_tax/band_a.ht ml GardenVarietyMushroom
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12:29pm Sat 15 Mar 14

On the inside says...

"highest council tax charges in England and Wales despite being, arguably, the poorest area in the UK."

The two are linked fool.

That is why Chelsea's is so low.
"highest council tax charges in England and Wales despite being, arguably, the poorest area in the UK." The two are linked fool. That is why Chelsea's is so low. On the inside
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3:08pm Sat 15 Mar 14

varteg1 says...

Just took a look at the banding for Kensington & Chelsea

Band 'E' £1300 Approx (average)


Royal Boro' of Windsor

Band 'E' £1460 (av)

Bleanavon

Band 'E' £1520 (av)

So yes, it seems we, being in the poorest areas, do quite badly when compared with, at least, two of the richest boroughs in Britain.

From my own experience, I have also to say, that in Torfaen the three most 'exclusive' areas, also pay less tax than the three poorest areas in the Boro'.

Speaking for my own immediate area, Varteg, apart from dustbin and recycling collections, we seem to get very little back for our tax.
It's a red flag day when the street gets swept, despite a long standing promise reaching back some twenty odd years, we still await the resurfacing of the road.
As for the rest of what the council do?

School, Ysgol Gymraeg not much real local call, as most pupils are bused in, Police? only if they get a call, no such thing as police boots hit our pavements. Nothing else I can recall.
We have had an envelope scheme, but that is subject to a contract, the main caveat of which states by selling on below 7 years, we must refund the grant aid. No problem for me, but a younger person may need to sell on for work or family purposes well within that 7 year stricture.
Anyway, I cannot see the logic behind such a caveat. Besides which the scheme is government funded, not TCBC, so again, what do I get to justify paying more than Windsor, Chelsea or Henllys, or Creosyciliog for that matter.
Just took a look at the banding for Kensington & Chelsea Band 'E' £1300 Approx (average) Royal Boro' of Windsor Band 'E' £1460 (av) Bleanavon Band 'E' £1520 (av) So yes, it seems we, being in the poorest areas, do quite badly when compared with, at least, two of the richest boroughs in Britain. From my own experience, I have also to say, that in Torfaen the three most 'exclusive' areas, also pay less tax than the three poorest areas in the Boro'. Speaking for my own immediate area, Varteg, apart from dustbin and recycling collections, we seem to get very little back for our tax. It's a red flag day when the street gets swept, despite a long standing promise reaching back some twenty odd years, we still await the resurfacing of the road. As for the rest of what the council do? School, Ysgol Gymraeg not much real local call, as most pupils are bused in, Police? only if they get a call, no such thing as police boots hit our pavements. Nothing else I can recall. We have had an envelope scheme, but that is subject to a contract, the main caveat of which states by selling on below 7 years, we must refund the grant aid. No problem for me, but a younger person may need to sell on for work or family purposes well within that 7 year stricture. Anyway, I cannot see the logic behind such a caveat. Besides which the scheme is government funded, not TCBC, so again, what do I get to justify paying more than Windsor, Chelsea or Henllys, or Creosyciliog for that matter. varteg1
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11:53am Mon 17 Mar 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Isn't that the clearest warning against WAG getting taxation powers?
Isn't that the clearest warning against WAG getting taxation powers? Llanmartinangel
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