Labour-run Bury Council is to freeze the Council Tax in the coming year.
Yet last October the Labour councillors voted down this motion tabled by opposition Conservatives:
This Council notes:
The continuing tough economic climate that was created by the previous Labour Government’s irresponsible borrowing has caused the debt crisis that the Coalition Government is now having to deal with.
This Council therefore welcomes the recent announcement by George Osborne that the Government will give this Council the option to freeze Council Tax for the people of Bury for the second year running, without hampering the planned clearance of Labour’s structural deficit by 2014/15.
At a time when the cost of living is rising and wages remain flat, throughout both the private and public sector, not increasing the level of Council tax will put more money in people’s pockets and help with the recovery from the current debt crisis.
However, this Council resolves to lobby Government in regards to the scheme being funded on an on-going basis.