Labour analysis of official Council Tax figures for 2019/20 shows that residents living in Labour council areas pay considerably lower Council Tax bills, on average, than those living in Tory controlled areas.
This analysis comes, despite Theresa May’s previous promise that ‘if your council tax keeps going up and up, but your local services are getting worse….. then we want to help you.’
Where Labour controls the local council, households will pay on average £351 less next year than those living in Tory areas.
The average council tax per dwelling in Labour council areas is £1169, versus £1520 in Tory council areas. The average increase in council tax per dwelling in a Labour council area is £64, versus £76 in Tory council areas, a difference of 19%.
For residents in every type of authority area they are paying less under Labour. For residents living in a Shire District council area, they are paying on average £295 less with Labour.
In a Unitary Authority area it’s £236 less, in a Metropolitan area it’s £280 less and for those living in a London borough council tax is on average £23 cheaper under Labour.
Figures also reveal that eight of the 10 councils charging the highest average Council Tax per dwelling in 2017/18 are Tory controlled.
Eight of the 10 councils with the biggest increases in council tax between 2017/18 – 2018/19 are also Tory controlled with Conservative Sevenoaks council increasing council tax by over £117 since last year.
Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities and Local Government Secretary, said “The Government has no answers to the dire situation facing our councils.
“Tory austerity has devastated communities but instead of providing sustainable funding, this Government has shifted the pain onto council taxpayers.
“At a time when so many households are struggling with the cost of living, Labour in local government is doing its best to help local residents by keeping Council Tax significantly lower than Tory controlled areas. We need to elect as many Labour Councillors as possible on May 2nd, to stand up against these unfair Tory cuts.”
• Expanding access to training through Further Education, demanding the government urgently reform and properly resource the apprenticeship levy in the NHS. And ensuring trusts, GP networks and area health footprints work together to create a schools work experience bureau service to inspire and encourage the next generation of health and care professionals.
• To end the uncertainty and red tape afflicting international recruitment Labour will provide work visas to anyone who has a job offer in the NHS at whatever level, and expand the Medical Training Initiative for all those wishing to take up the opportunity.
Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health and Social Care Secretary, is expected to say:
“It’s utterly staggering that our NHS has lost over 200,000 nurses under the Tories and that voluntary resignations from the NHS is up 55 per cent.
“We are facing a retention crisis in our NHS and standards which staff should expect – enshrined in the NHS Constitution – have simply been abandoned.
“After years of pay restraint, cuts to training budgets and growing pressures it is no wonder the NHS is facing chronic shortages of 100,000 staff. These shortages affect patient care every day as waiting lists grow and operations are cancelled.
“A Labour government will invest in NHS staff and help staff develop to meet the challenges of the future. It’s my ambition that the NHS becomes the best employer in the world. It’s not only the correct thing to do to improve the quality of care of patients, it’s in our economic interest as well.”