Yesterday however it was announced that Labour have now decided to accept this money, reducing the charge from 20% to 8.5%. This is an excellent move by the council, even though the money is only for one year, it provides breathing space for claimants who are already struggling with food, rent and energy price rises, a real terms benefit cut and for many the bedroom tax as well.
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What hasn’t come with the bill is an explanation as to why these rises are happening. West Midlands Fire Service, faced with 29% cuts in funding from central government over two years has chosen to increase their income from council tax rather than closing fire stations and downgrading those that remain open. The police are also facing cuts, though their 3% rise is more in line with inflation rather than a deliberate move to protect their service and your lives as the Fire Service have done.