On page 2 today the Gazette carries comments from opposition leader Sonika Nirwal regarding the small rise in council tax signalled by council leader Jason Stacey (see previous posting). Both the Gazette in its headline and Nirwal in her quote try to slur the new administration with the word hypocrisy. What a load of twaddle?
In the pre-amble to the Conservative manifesto for the local elections in May we identified one of our programme focuses as:
Keeping council tax as low as possible. Cutting out the massive waste at Ealing Council and delivering true value for money for the council tax already paid by residents.
In the main body of the document we say:
Year on year a Conservative run Ealing Council will hold council tax to levels as low as possible.
This is exactly what we are doing. That’s called delivery not hypocrisy.
If you wonder about the Gazette’s reporting you should certainly worry about their maths. They take five year’s worth of percentage rises and add them up. To have any mathematical sense they need to be multiplied. Doh! I pointed this out on 24th February when they first used the figures like this (see previous posting).
The tables below are constructed straight from my council tax bills since 1999. They show the excruciating rise in council tax Band D in Ealing during the early years of this century driven by the wastefulness of both the old Labour administration and the London Mayor. Ealing council’s charge has gone up 71%, the GLA precept by 175% (ie 2.75 times) and the council tax (which covers both of these) has gone up by 86%. Note how both the Mayor and the Labour council tried to control their rises in election years (election years highlighted in red).