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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Council tax set to rise by 0.5 per cent

COPELAND residents are set to face a council tax rise of around half a per cent from April.

By Andrew Clarke

Cumbria County Council has agreed to freeze its share this year (around 75 per cent), while the other two recipients – Copeland Council (12 per cent) and Cumbria Police (13 per cent) – will put their shares up by just under two per cent each.

Cumbria police and crime commissioner Richard Rhodes announced this week that Cumbria Police’s share of a resident’s council tax will go up by 1.93 per cent.

The rise had initially been turned down by the Police and Crime Panel but it has no powers to appeal the final decision that has now been made by Mr Rhodes.

Announcing the move, he said: “Substantial savings have already been made so any suggestion that there has been a failure to grasp the situation is wrong.

“It seems to me that the people in Cumbria do not want a situation to arise where in an emergency police were not available.

“Everywhere I go in Cumbria I am told by members of the public that they want to see evidence of the police in action.”

Mr Rhodes argued that a further £2million would need to be cut from the police’s budget over the next four years if the rise had not been approved.

Copeland Council’s proposal to increase its share by 1.95 per cent is expected to be ratified today (Thursday).

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never mind Local Eh , you cant be expected to understand and get the point every time, but oohh my goodness, inflation eh. Who would have thought a kebab would reach the grand purchase price of £4.00?
Would that be for donner or chicken fillings?

Posted by ted on 4 March 2014 at 21:22

"local eh" you have just hit the nail right on the head "Get a grip its a quid extra" exactly its a quid from every woking household in the area which accumulates to a tidy little sum for which we will see no increase in any service we are or will get.
This is what we are on about, yes council tax will stay but we can at least demand a better service than we are getting from the council who is in position at the moment, i wouldnt even call them dick turpin anymore its just pure ignorance to responsibility and pure greed in some cases.

Posted by tj on 4 March 2014 at 12:10

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