Plaid Cymru have announced a zero increase in the borough’s council tax in the run-up to next year’s council elections. What a surprise!
What Plaid Cymru are not saying so loudly, or even admitting to, is the fact that they are busy introducing back door spending cuts. There are the increases in burial charges, the rise in charges to remove large items of household waste which has led to a dramatic increase in fly-tipping, and there is the decision to freeze appointments for jobs in the council’s workforce. These are just some of the ‘cuts’ which the Nationalists are busy implementing without a murmur of protest.
At the same time, we learn that the council taxpayers of Caerphilly Borough will have to wait for a good few years before there is any chance of the money which the council invested in the Icelandic Banks being repaid in full. Let us not forget that the council foolishly ‘invested’ £15 million at a time when the international financial system was coming under huge strain.
But don’t take my word about the council. Listen to the respected charity for Cerebral Disability, Scope. They conducted an objective survey of all the Local Authorities in Wales and found that Caerphilly County Borough Council came 17th out of the 22 Welsh Authorities because the impact of its public spending cuts were having such a terrible impact on disabled people. Scope labelled Caerphilly Council a ‘bad’ Council, and they were right.
Labour MP for Caerphilly