Anston Parish Council has voted not to raise the parish precept (aka Anston Tax’) this financial year (2016/2017)
A stringent examination of the council’s accounts and identifying some savings means that unlike the previous Labour controlled parish council the Independent majority council has saved Anston residents money without any noticeable changes to parish life.
The Labour council agreed and budgeted for a 1.1% increase in the precept which is not surprising given their lack of financial controls and their willingness to make parishioners pay for any shortfalls in parish income.
Before the lefty keyboard warriors start protesting about ‘cuts’ let’s demolish a few silly rumours:
“The Bonfire night has been cancelled”. No it has not.
“The Hanging Flower Baskets have been cut” No they have not.
“Grants have been cut”. No they have not.
One other thing the Labour party supporters should bear in mind; Parish Council groundworkers have not had a decent pay rise during the last four years because Labour councillors tried to embellish and enhance the parish council accounts. So much for ‘Supporting the working class’.
RMBC Labour Cllr.Dominic Beck (aka ‘The Boy Blunder’) former Chairman of APC-and RMBC Labour Cllr.Jo Burton (Who ‘Knew nothing’ about the CSE scandal) both agreed-with ex Labour Cllr.Dalton-at an RMBC council meeting to cut £31,000 over the next three years from APC’s grant. Despite this attack on parish finances the Independent controlled APC have not decided to turn off all the street lights/sack staff/sell assets or enter a dodgy PFI deal to save money. What they have done is make sure Anston Parish Council lives within its means as all sensible people do.
On Monday 8th February it was discovered that one-or more-of the educationally sub-normal parasites who infest our community had driven a quad bike over the recreation ground (next to the Parish Hall) during the weekend and churned it up. The repairs and rectification to the ground and the football pitch will be paid for from parish funds and it is fortunate the money to do this is available but this mindless and moronic vandalism means your money will be spent bringing the recreation ground back into use for everyone’s benefit. Perhaps when decent CCTV is installed the parish hall and grounds will be less open to theft and vandalism.
Because APC Independent councillors have saved us all money this is not cause for sighs of relief.
RMBC is going to increase your Council Tax by 2% and stick another 2% on top of that to pay for increased spending on Social Care.
RMBC’s debt repayments are still £29 million per year.
How much Social Care would that pay for?