Cornwall Council’s Liberal Democrats have welcomed the decision by the full council to back their amendment to freeze council tax in Cornwall in the coming year.
“We faced the choice of asking residents to pay more to maintain the current level of services or accepting the government’s offer of a grant to freeze council tax next year,” said Cllr Alex Folkes, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat group. “For us this was no choice. We cannot justify asking residents to pay a penny more than we have to.”
“From saying over the past month that they were not prepared to discuss council tax levels until next year, the Conservative leadership have performed a hurried u-turn and were today prepared to accept the Liberal Democrat proposal of a council tax freeze. What is clear, however, is that the administration is split down the middle on the key issue of council tax with three of the four independent members voting for a 3% rise.”
Cllr Jeremy Rowe, Liberal Democrat group leader, added:
“Far from their rhetoric of going early and being bold, the Conservative administration has been reduced to following the Liberal Democrats in doing what is right for local residents. It is clear that the Cabinet is split down the middle on the key issue of council tax and they are failing to deliver what is best for the people of Cornwall.”
“The Liberal Democrat council tax freeze will save a Band D council tax payer £31.11 next year. That may not be a huge amount, but it will be a welcome contribution to the household kitty of many Cornish families.”