Labour is protecting Birmingham households from the national Tory council tax bombshell after listening to hard-pressed residents.
Under plans announced by the Government in December, bills could have risen by a massive eight per cent this year, adding £100 to bills of the Band D properties in Birmingham.
But, despite Government cuts of almost £650 million a year to its budget, the Labour council has refused to let the Government’s irresponsible failure to fund local services hit hardworking taxpayers.
Labour has kept the increase down to 3.99 per cent from the council plus a further one per cent for the Police and Crime Commissioner’s budget.
Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:
“As our city braces for a further round of Tory cuts to local services, this national council tax bombshell would have served as a double whammy for the people of Birmingham.
"We know that far too many people are struggling with the increased cost of living and Labour has listened, so the council tax increase in Birmingham will now be lower than the one we consulted on.
"We've also successfully blocked West Midlands Mayor Andy Street's plan to add an additional one per cent to council tax bills.
"My message to the people of Birmingham is this: you won’t have to pick up the bill for the Tory Government’s underfunding of our city by millions of pounds.
"Labour is rebuilding our city and making the right choices – let us finish the job.”
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