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Saturday, 20 September 2014

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Residents say: More money, fewer benefits

COPELAND residents polled by The Whitehaven News were un-animous in their dissatisfaction at the proposed council tax rise.

“It’s ridiculous,” said Sheri Richardson, from Mirehouse. “They are putting rates up while threatening to close venues like Whitehaven Civic Hall, which my family uses a lot.”

Carole Goodwin, of Cleator Moor, said: “I live alone and think that council tax is too high as it is, without it being increased. I don’t like it.”

Bigrigg couple Brenda and Dennis Fitzgerald agreed. Mrs Fitzgerald said: “I’m not happy about it. You can’t see any benefit of paying more money, especially when they are talking about closing public toilets and other facilities.”

Kevin McGonagle, of Cleator Moor, added: “I know it’s because of the cutbacks, but it stinks that they are putting council tax up for no extra benefit. The services we receive, like bin collections, are poor as they are.”

And Whitehaven businessman Gary Kelly said: “We are getting less for our money, but paying more for it.

“If tax is going up, then we should be getting more, but the opposite is happening.”

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