Conservative MPs refuse to scrap Council Tax hike for Newcastle
Conservative MPs have refused to back Labour’s plan to drop the Government’s council tax rise after the Opposition forced, and won, a vote in the House of Commons on Government plans to make families pay for a £2 billion in council budgets.
The Commons backed the motion to scrap the Council Tax hike – yet Ministers have refused to drop their plan to raise local taxes in the depths of the worst recession in 300 years.
The vote follows an appeal from Labour leader Keir Starmer to stop the council tax rise and provide certainty to millions of struggling families who face additional blows to their household incomes from frozen pay and a cut to Universal Credit.
Cllr Joyce McCarty said,
“Why is it that the Conservatives can find billions in public funds for failed contracts with their mates, but when it comes to Newcastle the cupboard is bare and local people have to pay more? They are forcing council tax bills up instead of funding councils properly.
“Higher bills will hit families in Newcastle just at the very time millions are worried about the future of their jobs and how they will get through the next few months. This Government should not be making families pay for their mishandling of the covid crisis and their broken promises to support councils.”
“The Prime Minister must listen to the will of the House of Commons – live up to his promise and not force councils to raise council tax to protect vital services during this crisis.”