Between 2013/14 and 2014/15 Anston Parish Council’s grant from RMBC was increased by £12,155 . The Parish Council minutes from 17th February 2014 say: RESOLVED: that minute 112/13 be amended to include ‘4.9% increase in precept’. That the minutes of the meeting of the Parish Council held on 17th February 2014, with the amendment as shown above, be confirmed as a true and accurate record of the proceedings.
The average inflation rate in Britain in 2013 was 2.5%, in 2014 it was 1.5% and in 2015 it was 0.1%. http://www.rateinflation.com/inflation-rate/uk-inflation-rate
Let’s think about this. RMBC gave APC an extra £12,155 but Labour councillors increased our precept (aka ‘Anston Tax’) by 4.9% in 2014. What happened to the extra money? What was it spent on? There are no extra litter bins, no extra grass cutting and the changing room facilities at Crowgate were not refurbished. Nor did the parish staff receive a 4.9% increase in wages.
APC Labour councillors-led by Burton,Dalton and St.John-were a bunch of devious and economic illiterates (aided and abetted by sham Independent Joyce Brindley who admitted she never understood simple budget sheets) conned Anston residents out of thousands of £’s. For what purposes? Instead of looking at how savings could be made to APC expenditure they had no qualms about clobbering the good people of Anston with a rise in the precept that was more than three times the rate of inflation.
It should be plainly obvious they can’t be trusted to run a whelk stall let alone a council.