More money in your pocket, with NO MORE cuts to front line services.
During the last two terms of the current Labour administration in Allerdale, council tax has risen by 17%. This is despite government grants being available to them for four of those years to freeze council tax.
Allerdale Borough Council declined government funding and decided to pass the cost to residents instead.
If we include parish council increases, the cost has risen by 28%. While it is accepted that Allerdale Borough Council have no control over parish precepts, the rise is mainly due to the Borough Council passing liabilities, and
some basic services provided by them for decades, to parish councils. They have no choice but to increase their council tax to provide services that people have come to expect. These aren't things that people want to see disappear - it's play parks, rural street lighting, grass cutting and allotments.
Across the borough, hard-pressed families are struggling to keep up with the cost of living. That's why it is so crucial that Allerdale Borough Council do as much as they can to ease the burden. By stopping wasteful spending on vanity projects that benefit the few, there is room in the budget to freeze council tax without impacting services - benefitting the many.