Covid: English councils at risk from budget 'scarring,' watchdog warns
10/03/2021 | news | politics | 69
English councils will take a long time to recover without more help, a spending watchdog warns.
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10/03/2021 11:02:18 3 6
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I'd take more notice of what the National Audit Office says if for once it said something positive about the government but as it doesn't I don't.

Nice click bait though.
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10/03/2021 11:25:16 10 5
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Come on be fair, very few people can find anything good to say about the clowns in power.
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10/03/2021 11:02:34 5 6
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All councils should be independently audited and action taken against the most wasteful staff executives
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10/03/2021 11:24:13 12 5
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They could start with government who gave £37 billion to one of their mates for a useless track and trace no one system . Along with some dodgy PPE gear that was another £12 billion. Makes most councils look really great.
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10/03/2021 11:25:00 6 2
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Track and Trace employs 2,500 consultants on an average of £1,100 a day each , some of whom have been paid more than £6,600 a day.

How many council staff - or nurses - get anywhere near that? Shameful!
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10/03/2021 16:35:17 2 0
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They are!
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10/03/2021 20:56:57 0 0
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They already are.
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10/03/2021 11:06:27 9 5
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Could start with a full of staff on 6 figure salaries. Too many chiefs and not enough injuns. ??
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10/03/2021 11:07:23 4 2
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Cull not full.
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10/03/2021 11:21:59 7 2
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Look at the salaries in private companies!

Track and Trace employs 2,500 consultants at an average of £1,100 a day each, some of whom have been paid more than £6,600 a day.

No wonder Boris says 1% is all he can afford for nurses. Shameful!
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10/03/2021 16:27:07 0 1
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How many of them are there in a council?
How much of a dent in the overall budget would that make?
What would happen to the quality of council service management?
Pay peanuts, get monkeys?
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10/03/2021 11:06:27 9 5
bbc
Could start with a full of staff on 6 figure salaries. Too many chiefs and not enough injuns. ??
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10/03/2021 11:07:23 4 2
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Cull not full.
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10/03/2021 11:16:24 16 3
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Cuts in local government funding have been shameful.

Social services offer help to those in most need. As usual, they are the one who have suffered most.
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10/03/2021 11:06:27 9 5
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Could start with a full of staff on 6 figure salaries. Too many chiefs and not enough injuns. ??
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10/03/2021 11:21:59 7 2
bbc
Look at the salaries in private companies!

Track and Trace employs 2,500 consultants at an average of £1,100 a day each, some of whom have been paid more than £6,600 a day.

No wonder Boris says 1% is all he can afford for nurses. Shameful!
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10/03/2021 11:02:34 5 6
bbc
All councils should be independently audited and action taken against the most wasteful staff executives
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10/03/2021 11:24:13 12 5
bbc
They could start with government who gave £37 billion to one of their mates for a useless track and trace no one system . Along with some dodgy PPE gear that was another £12 billion. Makes most councils look really great.
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10/03/2021 11:02:34 5 6
bbc
All councils should be independently audited and action taken against the most wasteful staff executives
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10/03/2021 11:25:00 6 2
bbc
Track and Trace employs 2,500 consultants on an average of £1,100 a day each , some of whom have been paid more than £6,600 a day.

How many council staff - or nurses - get anywhere near that? Shameful!
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10/03/2021 11:02:18 3 6
bbc
I'd take more notice of what the National Audit Office says if for once it said something positive about the government but as it doesn't I don't.

Nice click bait though.
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10/03/2021 11:25:16 10 5
bbc
Come on be fair, very few people can find anything good to say about the clowns in power.
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10/03/2021 11:28:19 11 10
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Nottingham City Council (Labour controlled) made a multimillion pound loss on a failed energy supply project and are now putting up council tax and making hard working loyal employees redundant. You couldn't make it up. These amateurs should be made more accountable.
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10/03/2021 11:34:20 13 7
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Nothing like a loony £37 billion from a hair combing with a balloon clown is it. These amateurs should be made more accountable.
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10/03/2021 11:57:32 4 0
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The four examples of Eastbourne (Lib Dem), Bexley (Tory), Luton (Labour) and Peterborough (No majority control) mentioned above are about as impartial a selection as possible.
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10/03/2021 11:28:19 11 10
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Nottingham City Council (Labour controlled) made a multimillion pound loss on a failed energy supply project and are now putting up council tax and making hard working loyal employees redundant. You couldn't make it up. These amateurs should be made more accountable.
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10/03/2021 11:34:20 13 7
bbc
Nothing like a loony £37 billion from a hair combing with a balloon clown is it. These amateurs should be made more accountable.
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10/03/2021 11:44:48 3 6
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Two wrongs don't make a right.
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10/03/2021 11:34:20 13 7
bbc
Nothing like a loony £37 billion from a hair combing with a balloon clown is it. These amateurs should be made more accountable.
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10/03/2021 11:44:48 3 6
bbc
Two wrongs don't make a right.
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10/03/2021 11:52:03 15 1
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My Council Tax has gone up by more than 5% to over £2,500. Electricity to £2,700pa. Yet my State pension has gone up by £14 every four weeks. And Sunak has not given even 1p in extra help to OAPs. The government can stop financing spending that it deems 'unaffordable', but I cannot.
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10/03/2021 12:36:40 8 8
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Were council staff paid a reduced furlough rate or did they receive full pay & pension contributions for doing no work ?
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10/03/2021 11:28:19 11 10
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Nottingham City Council (Labour controlled) made a multimillion pound loss on a failed energy supply project and are now putting up council tax and making hard working loyal employees redundant. You couldn't make it up. These amateurs should be made more accountable.
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10/03/2021 11:57:32 4 0
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The four examples of Eastbourne (Lib Dem), Bexley (Tory), Luton (Labour) and Peterborough (No majority control) mentioned above are about as impartial a selection as possible.
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10/03/2021 12:09:24 11 7
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Maybe stop paying chief executives more then the PM. Might be time to focus on the core roles social care, housing roads etc. Stop employing people to pander to the alphabet soup crowd. Everybody is equal under the law. Look at any council job page and see the number of roles that seem to have no real purpose other than to give guardian readers employment
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10/03/2021 16:27:59 1 2
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A silly comment that smacks of ignorance.
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10/03/2021 12:21:56 2 2
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Councils like Swindon BC are, I'm learning, awful. They have no accountability, and the local press with an election coming up run photo op stories (literally an article about nothing other than a local politician getting a cat) instead of anything about what they're supposed to be doing.

They've run the place into the ground and don't give a damn for anything other than their pay. It's serious.
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10/03/2021 12:25:27 8 1
bbc
Let's get the record straight, the lack of accountability has gone on for too long, with everyone having a constant focus towards the continent for the last three decades.

The penny has dropped, the focus is now on the state of the UK. Now we need to start asking the question of how we can change it to be better again.

Australia's small towns thrive, ours have fallen into states of severe decay.
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10/03/2021 12:25:35 2 2
bbc
I view local councils as mini 'North Koreas'. Small dictatorships. The cat however is a plus point.
Stuto you wouldn't want to swap Swindon BC for the Croydon Council.
Believe me this corrupt Labour lead council are destroying Croydon
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10/03/2021 12:21:56 2 2
bbc
Councils like Swindon BC are, I'm learning, awful. They have no accountability, and the local press with an election coming up run photo op stories (literally an article about nothing other than a local politician getting a cat) instead of anything about what they're supposed to be doing.

They've run the place into the ground and don't give a damn for anything other than their pay. It's serious.
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10/03/2021 12:25:27 8 1
bbc
Let's get the record straight, the lack of accountability has gone on for too long, with everyone having a constant focus towards the continent for the last three decades.

The penny has dropped, the focus is now on the state of the UK. Now we need to start asking the question of how we can change it to be better again.

Australia's small towns thrive, ours have fallen into states of severe decay.
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10/03/2021 12:21:56 2 2
bbc
Councils like Swindon BC are, I'm learning, awful. They have no accountability, and the local press with an election coming up run photo op stories (literally an article about nothing other than a local politician getting a cat) instead of anything about what they're supposed to be doing.

They've run the place into the ground and don't give a damn for anything other than their pay. It's serious.
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10/03/2021 12:25:35 2 2
bbc
I view local councils as mini 'North Koreas'. Small dictatorships. The cat however is a plus point.
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10/03/2021 12:28:44 2 2
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That's a good way to put it.

We need a system that actively encourages good decision making and incentivises good work, and I don't mean privatisation of council assets because that's usually a disaster too with the private company creaming what they can, reinvesting little to nothing and the council having to pick up the pieces anyway and it costing the public and taxpayer more in every sense.
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10/03/2021 12:25:35 2 2
bbc
I view local councils as mini 'North Koreas'. Small dictatorships. The cat however is a plus point.
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10/03/2021 12:28:44 2 2
bbc
That's a good way to put it.

We need a system that actively encourages good decision making and incentivises good work, and I don't mean privatisation of council assets because that's usually a disaster too with the private company creaming what they can, reinvesting little to nothing and the council having to pick up the pieces anyway and it costing the public and taxpayer more in every sense.
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10/03/2021 12:35:21 2 1
bbc
Everything should be run by the Civil Service. Scrap local 'governments'.
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10/03/2021 12:28:44 2 2
bbc
That's a good way to put it.

We need a system that actively encourages good decision making and incentivises good work, and I don't mean privatisation of council assets because that's usually a disaster too with the private company creaming what they can, reinvesting little to nothing and the council having to pick up the pieces anyway and it costing the public and taxpayer more in every sense.
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10/03/2021 12:35:21 2 1
bbc
Everything should be run by the Civil Service. Scrap local 'governments'.
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10/03/2021 12:48:51 3 0
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Or at least larger regions. We still have too many levels of government, too much bureaucracy.
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10/03/2021 11:52:03 15 1
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My Council Tax has gone up by more than 5% to over £2,500. Electricity to £2,700pa. Yet my State pension has gone up by £14 every four weeks. And Sunak has not given even 1p in extra help to OAPs. The government can stop financing spending that it deems 'unaffordable', but I cannot.
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10/03/2021 12:36:40 8 8
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Were council staff paid a reduced furlough rate or did they receive full pay & pension contributions for doing no work ?
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10/03/2021 12:59:03 5 0
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Councils haven't stopped working.
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10/03/2021 16:08:37 2 0
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Council staff continued to work.
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10/03/2021 12:37:59 15 1
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I don't think this government has quite understood the resentment that will follow on from hikes in Council Tax.

They are well aware that personal incomes have declined as a consequence of both austerity and the pandemic.

The taxpayer is about to be swindled all over again in the name of fiscal responsibility.

Mr Johnson: it is not just the government that has run out of money!
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10/03/2021 13:20:28 13 1
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They don't give a fig .. yet still get voted in.
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10/03/2021 12:35:21 2 1
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Everything should be run by the Civil Service. Scrap local 'governments'.
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10/03/2021 12:48:51 3 0
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Or at least larger regions. We still have too many levels of government, too much bureaucracy.
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10/03/2021 12:49:07 18 0
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Come to Cambridgeshire and see the state of the roads after 11 years of Tory austerity, they wouldn’t look out of place in Syria
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10/03/2021 17:32:47 4 0
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Also a matter of making sure work is done properly, they don't. They fill a hole and then a week later it's opened up again because they never cut and sealed it properly.

Pay cheap, pay twice. It's a joke.
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10/03/2021 12:54:18 14 1
bbc
A 40% cut in central government funding to councils over 10 years. How is that poor financial management by the councils?
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10/03/2021 13:43:09 8 1
bbc
And King Austerity looks set to reign for several more years.
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10/03/2021 16:07:45 2 1
bbc
Absolutely right. In 2010 the Tories decided to keep the Rate Support Grant (collected from local businesses as Business Rates) for central government, and froze Council Tax from 2010/11 until 2017/18.

A couple of Tory councils went bankrupt a few years ago. Add on the cost of CV19, and it's easy to see why councils are going bust.

Won't stop the Tory Bot Propaganda Machine from truth twisting!
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10/03/2021 12:36:40 8 8
bbc
Were council staff paid a reduced furlough rate or did they receive full pay & pension contributions for doing no work ?
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10/03/2021 12:59:03 5 0
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Councils haven't stopped working.
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10/03/2021 13:03:20 3 5
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When did they ever start doing any work ?
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10/03/2021 12:59:03 5 0
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Councils haven't stopped working.
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10/03/2021 13:03:20 3 5
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When did they ever start doing any work ?
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10/03/2021 13:19:22 9 1
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National Cuts over ten years will cause problems ?

The answer as always will be to increase council tax in the areas less able to pay by the maximum, while those paying will not be seeing pay increases to meet those demands.

Same old failed system...
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10/03/2021 12:37:59 15 1
bbc
I don't think this government has quite understood the resentment that will follow on from hikes in Council Tax.

They are well aware that personal incomes have declined as a consequence of both austerity and the pandemic.

The taxpayer is about to be swindled all over again in the name of fiscal responsibility.

Mr Johnson: it is not just the government that has run out of money!
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10/03/2021 13:20:28 13 1
bbc
They don't give a fig .. yet still get voted in.
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10/03/2021 13:20:38 11 3
bbc
Yet there will still be people chucking out the old mantra............" of course the UK is the 5th richest country in the world"

...everytime the nurses want a bigger rise or to extend the universal £20 credit further or when it comes to cutting foreign aid.

Wake up this country is skint
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10/03/2021 16:23:46 4 0
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No, it isn't! The BoE on instruction from the Government has been printing money, with the Government "borrowing" from itself.
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10/03/2021 13:24:54 17 1
bbc
Having just received my Council Tax bill, showing that I will have to find £79 more this year, I am also going to be scarred.

Bang goes my pension increase!
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10/03/2021 14:34:18 6 0
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I'm still working age, pay freeze. Council tax bill up.

Suspect the majority of the population have a council tax bill rise which is more than any increase in income they are likely to get this year.
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10/03/2021 13:29:30 7 3
bbc
Great of Sadiq to put up his charges by 10%. All that PR ahead of an election must cost a fortune.
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10/03/2021 12:21:56 2 2
bbc
Councils like Swindon BC are, I'm learning, awful. They have no accountability, and the local press with an election coming up run photo op stories (literally an article about nothing other than a local politician getting a cat) instead of anything about what they're supposed to be doing.

They've run the place into the ground and don't give a damn for anything other than their pay. It's serious.
Stuto you wouldn't want to swap Swindon BC for the Croydon Council.
Believe me this corrupt Labour lead council are destroying Croydon
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10/03/2021 13:32:39 15 6
bbc
If they stopped building stupid cycle schemes that nobody wants there might be more money to go elsewhere.
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10/03/2021 14:15:19 3 5
bbc
Totally agree. I was told the following by an insider...
- A few short years ago, the Welsh Governments offices Aberystwyth offered incentives for employees to cycle in. What happened was many drove in, parked at the big free Morrisons carpark , not far away... took a bike out the back... and cycled in!! - poorly thought out local government idea.. but I guess it ticked boxes.
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Pip
10/03/2021 16:34:02 2 0
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Absolutely, our council just put up half a dozen cycle crossings, lights, generators, signs, road markings, road works at what cost. Never seen them used, now all gone, even the road markings have been removed, again at what cost.

The potholes are still there, and another 5% thankyou, no increases for the reast of us to pay for these increases...........?
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10/03/2021 19:21:47 1 0
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Many of us motorists benefit from cycle routes as it gives us a quicker, healthier alternative.
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10/03/2021 13:40:48 6 1
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ipsa scientia potestas est
11:02
I'd take more notice of what the National Audit Office says if for once it said something positive about the government but as it doesn't I don't.
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If you want the NAO to say something positive about the govt, then the govt has to do something positive for the NAO to put in its findings and reports. They are not always negative, just the vast majority are.
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10/03/2021 16:29:42 3 3
bbc
The original comment was idiotic. The NAO is just doing the job Parliament requires of it.

Our Tory friends don't like democratic institutions!
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10/03/2021 12:54:18 14 1
bbc
A 40% cut in central government funding to councils over 10 years. How is that poor financial management by the councils?
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10/03/2021 13:43:09 8 1
bbc
And King Austerity looks set to reign for several more years.
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10/03/2021 13:44:08 10 2
bbc
Our broken Council could easily blow its budget on just repairing the cart track roads, the markings washed away years ago while the potholes are craters. Never mind as long as Westminster's Council Tax stays capped that's all that matters....
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10/03/2021 14:01:58 5 4
bbc
Here in Wales - any paperwork sent by council is duplicated (once in Welsh, once in English). How hard would it be to select your language of choice and receive only half the paperwork... And on the same lines why not just email their gumf by default with the option to receive snail-mail for anyone living in the dark ages.
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10/03/2021 16:51:05 1 2
bbc
Are you looking forward to the day in your older years when technology passes you by?
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10/03/2021 14:06:11 9 2
bbc
All Boris and his gov council funding statements are smoke and mirrors or lies. Central gov have reduced council funding and their only other source of revenue is council tax. Funny how he can attack spending at all when you look at all the vanity projects and home decorating he has on the go.
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10/03/2021 13:32:39 15 6
bbc
If they stopped building stupid cycle schemes that nobody wants there might be more money to go elsewhere.
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10/03/2021 14:15:19 3 5
bbc
Totally agree. I was told the following by an insider...
- A few short years ago, the Welsh Governments offices Aberystwyth offered incentives for employees to cycle in. What happened was many drove in, parked at the big free Morrisons carpark , not far away... took a bike out the back... and cycled in!! - poorly thought out local government idea.. but I guess it ticked boxes.
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10/03/2021 13:24:54 17 1
bbc
Having just received my Council Tax bill, showing that I will have to find £79 more this year, I am also going to be scarred.

Bang goes my pension increase!
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10/03/2021 14:34:18 6 0
bbc
I'm still working age, pay freeze. Council tax bill up.

Suspect the majority of the population have a council tax bill rise which is more than any increase in income they are likely to get this year.
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Pip
10/03/2021 16:36:29 0 0
bbc
Our largest outgoing by far, in fact about as much as all other outgoings put together...............?
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10/03/2021 14:43:20 1 0
bbc
On a brighter note it’s highly unlikely anyone will fall asleep at the wheel
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10/03/2021 12:54:18 14 1
bbc
A 40% cut in central government funding to councils over 10 years. How is that poor financial management by the councils?
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10/03/2021 16:07:45 2 1
bbc
Absolutely right. In 2010 the Tories decided to keep the Rate Support Grant (collected from local businesses as Business Rates) for central government, and froze Council Tax from 2010/11 until 2017/18.

A couple of Tory councils went bankrupt a few years ago. Add on the cost of CV19, and it's easy to see why councils are going bust.

Won't stop the Tory Bot Propaganda Machine from truth twisting!
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10/03/2021 12:36:40 8 8
bbc
Were council staff paid a reduced furlough rate or did they receive full pay & pension contributions for doing no work ?
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10/03/2021 16:08:37 2 0
bbc
Council staff continued to work.
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10/03/2021 16:15:02 7 2
bbc
In 2010 the Tories decided to keep the Rate Support Grant (collected from local businesses as Business Rates) for central government, and froze Council Tax from 2010/11 until 2017/18.

A couple of Tory councils went bankrupt a few years ago. Add on the cost of CV19, and it's easy to see why councils are going bust.

Won't stop the Tory Bot Propaganda Machine from truth twisting!
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10/03/2021 16:19:03 5 0
bbc
Problem is that councils are there to apply HMG policy, not all of which has any point.
Good time for councils and charge-payers to have a sensible discussion about the non statutory spending.
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10/03/2021 16:58:30 4 0
bbc
Could do with a sensible discussion about reforming council tax altogether, since it is based on the notional value of a dwelling in 1991. And it still continues with not taking into account the ability to pay it, hitting the least well off most.
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10/03/2021 13:20:38 11 3
bbc
Yet there will still be people chucking out the old mantra............" of course the UK is the 5th richest country in the world"

...everytime the nurses want a bigger rise or to extend the universal £20 credit further or when it comes to cutting foreign aid.

Wake up this country is skint
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10/03/2021 16:23:46 4 0
bbc
No, it isn't! The BoE on instruction from the Government has been printing money, with the Government "borrowing" from itself.
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10/03/2021 11:06:27 9 5
bbc
Could start with a full of staff on 6 figure salaries. Too many chiefs and not enough injuns. ??
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10/03/2021 16:27:07 0 1
bbc
How many of them are there in a council?
How much of a dent in the overall budget would that make?
What would happen to the quality of council service management?
Pay peanuts, get monkeys?
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10/03/2021 12:09:24 11 7
bbc
Maybe stop paying chief executives more then the PM. Might be time to focus on the core roles social care, housing roads etc. Stop employing people to pander to the alphabet soup crowd. Everybody is equal under the law. Look at any council job page and see the number of roles that seem to have no real purpose other than to give guardian readers employment
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10/03/2021 16:27:59 1 2
bbc
A silly comment that smacks of ignorance.
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10/03/2021 13:40:48 6 1
bbc
ipsa scientia potestas est
11:02
I'd take more notice of what the National Audit Office says if for once it said something positive about the government but as it doesn't I don't.
====
If you want the NAO to say something positive about the govt, then the govt has to do something positive for the NAO to put in its findings and reports. They are not always negative, just the vast majority are.
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10/03/2021 16:29:42 3 3
bbc
The original comment was idiotic. The NAO is just doing the job Parliament requires of it.

Our Tory friends don't like democratic institutions!
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10/03/2021 13:32:39 15 6
bbc
If they stopped building stupid cycle schemes that nobody wants there might be more money to go elsewhere.
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Pip
10/03/2021 16:34:02 2 0
bbc
Absolutely, our council just put up half a dozen cycle crossings, lights, generators, signs, road markings, road works at what cost. Never seen them used, now all gone, even the road markings have been removed, again at what cost.

The potholes are still there, and another 5% thankyou, no increases for the reast of us to pay for these increases...........?
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10/03/2021 11:02:34 5 6
bbc
All councils should be independently audited and action taken against the most wasteful staff executives
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10/03/2021 16:35:17 2 0
bbc
They are!
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10/03/2021 14:34:18 6 0
bbc
I'm still working age, pay freeze. Council tax bill up.

Suspect the majority of the population have a council tax bill rise which is more than any increase in income they are likely to get this year.
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Pip
10/03/2021 16:36:29 0 0
bbc
Our largest outgoing by far, in fact about as much as all other outgoings put together...............?
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10/03/2021 14:01:58 5 4
bbc
Here in Wales - any paperwork sent by council is duplicated (once in Welsh, once in English). How hard would it be to select your language of choice and receive only half the paperwork... And on the same lines why not just email their gumf by default with the option to receive snail-mail for anyone living in the dark ages.
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10/03/2021 16:51:05 1 2
bbc
Are you looking forward to the day in your older years when technology passes you by?
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10/03/2021 16:19:03 5 0
bbc
Problem is that councils are there to apply HMG policy, not all of which has any point.
Good time for councils and charge-payers to have a sensible discussion about the non statutory spending.
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10/03/2021 16:58:30 4 0
bbc
Could do with a sensible discussion about reforming council tax altogether, since it is based on the notional value of a dwelling in 1991. And it still continues with not taking into account the ability to pay it, hitting the least well off most.
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10/03/2021 17:24:55 2 1
bbc
I certainly support reform, but council tax is basically a charge for services, with a bit of democratic process too. Those who can't pay should get help and single occupants get a discount.
Outdated yes, but I would not support making it a wealth tax as advocated by some.
Some of us are still paying for past profligate council spending, its obvious the lesson still hasn't been learned by all.
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10/03/2021 17:58:22 1 0
bbc
Yes council tax should be scrapped.
Taxes replaced from a range of the normal taxes like income and spending. They alone relate to ability to pay and have safeguards in place, high starting points etc.
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10/03/2021 20:08:11 2 0
bbc
Eh??? So if you choose to live in a mansion you shouldn't pay more than someone who lives in a one-bed flat?
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10/03/2021 16:58:30 4 0
bbc
Could do with a sensible discussion about reforming council tax altogether, since it is based on the notional value of a dwelling in 1991. And it still continues with not taking into account the ability to pay it, hitting the least well off most.
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10/03/2021 17:24:55 2 1
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I certainly support reform, but council tax is basically a charge for services, with a bit of democratic process too. Those who can't pay should get help and single occupants get a discount.
Outdated yes, but I would not support making it a wealth tax as advocated by some.
Some of us are still paying for past profligate council spending, its obvious the lesson still hasn't been learned by all.
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10/03/2021 12:49:07 18 0
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Come to Cambridgeshire and see the state of the roads after 11 years of Tory austerity, they wouldn’t look out of place in Syria
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10/03/2021 17:32:47 4 0
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Also a matter of making sure work is done properly, they don't. They fill a hole and then a week later it's opened up again because they never cut and sealed it properly.

Pay cheap, pay twice. It's a joke.
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10/03/2021 17:54:56 4 3
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Cut spending. Cut pay. Cut ps pensions.
Stop taking the easy way out of grasping ever more money from the public, by the most unfair of taxes.
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10/03/2021 16:58:30 4 0
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Could do with a sensible discussion about reforming council tax altogether, since it is based on the notional value of a dwelling in 1991. And it still continues with not taking into account the ability to pay it, hitting the least well off most.
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10/03/2021 17:58:22 1 0
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Yes council tax should be scrapped.
Taxes replaced from a range of the normal taxes like income and spending. They alone relate to ability to pay and have safeguards in place, high starting points etc.
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10/03/2021 18:02:14 4 1
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Love the bit about Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick blaming Councils' for "poor management". As Oracle says, that's after Gov't has taken councils' business rate income, frozen CT, then capped CT below inflation and now also reducing Central Govt funding - all while finding the magic money forest for their PPE and T&T spending spree - not to mention all the Covid support related fraud.
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10/03/2021 19:02:55 2 0
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Dog Whistle Politics, time for a change of whistle after 11 years..
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10/03/2021 19:19:52 0 1
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Council Tax is wonderful as it means those in London who make most wealth for the rest of the Country pay less. It would be so unfair for rural residents to only pay similar amounts to Londoners.
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10/03/2021 13:32:39 15 6
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If they stopped building stupid cycle schemes that nobody wants there might be more money to go elsewhere.
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10/03/2021 19:21:47 1 0
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Many of us motorists benefit from cycle routes as it gives us a quicker, healthier alternative.
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10/03/2021 16:58:30 4 0
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Could do with a sensible discussion about reforming council tax altogether, since it is based on the notional value of a dwelling in 1991. And it still continues with not taking into account the ability to pay it, hitting the least well off most.
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10/03/2021 20:08:11 2 0
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Eh??? So if you choose to live in a mansion you shouldn't pay more than someone who lives in a one-bed flat?
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10/03/2021 20:15:15 0 3
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Implement the findings of the report from early 2020 - rationalising local authorities to 1 unitary authority per county could save £3Bn a year

Then introduce modern business practice - eg scrap final salary pensions!

Review, rationalise & introduce national uniformity to services (I.e waste collection)

Then stop subsidies on council tax - it just cost everyone else more.
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10/03/2021 11:02:34 5 6
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All councils should be independently audited and action taken against the most wasteful staff executives
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10/03/2021 20:56:57 0 0
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They already are.
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10/03/2021 22:18:56 0 1
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I live in Spain. My council tax for a 4 bedroom Ed villa with a pool and 3 acres is 230 Euros, per year!
Sometimes is seriously wrong with the UK when after being taxed nationally, local councils then charge thousands of pounds per household for local services.
What are you paying national taxes for if not local services?
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10/03/2021 22:31:54 1 0
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The masses in the UK are taxed again and again, despite the fact that it is us that produces virtually all the wealth (don't believe me then prove me wrong, you won't be able to!).

Based on wealth distribution the very rich in reality only pay around 1% tax, whereas the rest of us pay 20-60%. The Tories love to point to who pays the most income tax, but it is a deliberate red-herring.
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10/03/2021 22:27:15 2 0
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Wonder why on this HYS it's the latest comments that are the default view, rather than the usual highest-rated thread?
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10/03/2021 22:18:56 0 1
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I live in Spain. My council tax for a 4 bedroom Ed villa with a pool and 3 acres is 230 Euros, per year!
Sometimes is seriously wrong with the UK when after being taxed nationally, local councils then charge thousands of pounds per household for local services.
What are you paying national taxes for if not local services?
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10/03/2021 22:31:54 1 0
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The masses in the UK are taxed again and again, despite the fact that it is us that produces virtually all the wealth (don't believe me then prove me wrong, you won't be able to!).

Based on wealth distribution the very rich in reality only pay around 1% tax, whereas the rest of us pay 20-60%. The Tories love to point to who pays the most income tax, but it is a deliberate red-herring.