Local Conservatives on the County Council are proposing an inflation busting near 4% rise in council tax which they claim is for helping the most vulnerable by increasing expenditure on care.
In the light of this rise in local council tax, it must be remembered that this comes after a 40% cut in central Government funding to local government. The huge scale of Government cuts has, and continues to have, consequences.
The Green Party agrees that we have to protect the most vulnerable in our society. However, with staggering hypocrisy, the Conservatives plan a regressive local council tax rise on Worcester residents. Many of the people paying for this increase will be the very people who the Tories claim to be intending to help with their social care costs.
The Green Party would instead raise the money needed centrally by introducing serious measures to reduce tax avoidance and evasion as well as changes to corporation and capital gains tax. The Tories have had over five years to tackle tax avoidance and evasion but cut the staff of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs instead, allowing the wealthy and their lawyers and accountants to continue to get away with paying tax at the expense of care.