Conservative Council looks to 15% hike in Council tax

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-surrey-38678629

The BBC has the story on its web site – see link above

Now this is an interesting story and it shows how deep the cuts in local government funding have gone. Whether Surrey County Council’s Tory rulers will follow through with this significant rise remains to be seen though.

Locally the elected Labour Mayor of Liverpool was talking about a big hike in Council tax a few weeks ago only to back off when the unpopularity of it became apparent.

BUT it is clear to all of us that social care for the elderly across England is slowly but surely falling apart due to funding cuts. So one way or another we are going to have to pay more whether that be in national or local taxes. If this crisis, which mirrors the similar crisis in the NHS, is not tackled and soon we will no long be able to call ourselves a civilised country. Deliberately under funding care for the elderly is appalling.

With thanks to Roy Connell for spotting the BBC story.