Following the Green Party proposals to raise council tax by a staggering 4.75%, Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has praised the Argus newspaper for organising a public debate on the issue – and urged his constituents to attend to make their views known.
Following the last election, the Conservative-led Government put legislation in place that forced councils who wished to increase council tax by more than 2% to hold a referendum. The vast majority of councils around the county have in fact chosen to accept special central Government funding and freeze council tax. The Green administration of Brighton & Hove City Council, however, has chosen not to do this in previous years and now wishes to raise council tax above the 2% threshold. If approved, this would be the largest council tax rise in the country.
The Argus debate on the proposed 4.75% council tax rise will take place at Hove Town Hall on Thursday 6th February at 7pm. There’s no need to book a place – just turn up. For more information on the debate and to submit and question online, click here.
Commenting, Mike said: “I’m really pleased that the Argus is giving Brighton & Hove residents the opportunity, before we have an enormously wasteful referendum, to highlight their feelings on the Greens’ proposed council tax rise. My Conservative colleagues and I are united in opposing this totally unnecessary ask on financially-stretched residents. I have no doubt that the debate will highlight just how opposed Brighton & Hove residents are to even higher taxes.”