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‘A vote for the Welsh Liberal Democrats is a vote for low council tax’ – Peter Black

April 25, 2012 3:20 PM

With just over a week to go until polling day, Shadow Minister for Local Government, Peter Black, has reminded people that a vote for the Welsh Liberal Democrats is a vote for low council tax bills.

Peter Black commented:

"Welsh Liberal Democrat-led councils are keeping council tax increases low, and have consistently kept them low over the past four years. It is not right for other parties to ask people who are struggling to keep their heads above the water to pay more to their council.

"Historically, Labour have a terrible record with regards to asking people to fork out large amounts for Council Tax. Whilst Welsh Liberal Democrats in Swansea have every reason to be proud that we have frozen council tax. Labour's average yearly council tax rise in Swansea was a hefty 7.6% compared to the Liberal Democrat administration's modest average increase of 3.4% per annum - the difference amounts to a saving of more than £3,100 for families living in an average Band D property. It's the same story across many other Welsh Liberal Democrat run councils, such as in Cardiff where the average annual increase in council tax has been just 2.7%, compared to 11% a year under the previous Labour administration.

"Ensuring that council tax is kept low is one of the most direct tools local authorities have to ease the burden on low and middle earners, that is why Welsh Liberal Democrats are helping out with the family budget by keeping council tax low.

"Despite spending restrictions and many needless bureaucratic requirements enforced on local authorities by the Welsh Labour Government, Welsh Liberal Democrat run councils have still been able to provide excellent and efficiently run public services while maintaining low council tax increases. Our record shows that a vote for the Welsh Liberal Democrats is a vote for low council tax."