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How much longer can the Scottish Govt ban council tax increases in light of the proposed job losses at NLC?

Every Council will be shedding posts including my own employer over the next two years, although NLCs particular financial incompetence is as spectacular as it is unsurprising.

What level of Council tax increase would be required, or would have been required for the life of the freeze, to plug a 70 odd million gap?

For clarity I don't agree with the freeze and keenly anticipate what the commission on local taxation reform are going to report.

However, the freeze is an utter red herring in terms of local authority budgets. The 10% cut in the block grant is a more fruitful place to look for the state our local services find themselves in.

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Every Council will be shedding posts including my own employer over the next two years, although NLCs particular financial incompetence is as spectacular as it is unsurprising.

What level of Council tax increase would be required, or would have been required for the life of the freeze, to plug a 70 odd million gap?

For clarity I don't agree with the freeze and keenly anticipate what the commission on local taxation reform are going to report.

However, the freeze is an utter red herring in terms of local authority budgets. The 10% cut in the block grant is a more fruitful place to look for the state our local services find themselves in.

Correct. North Lanarkshire council are not blaming the CT freeze but cuts coming from Holyrood.

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Aye but surely if every household in the council area was paying an extra say £10 per month which could have been been done incrementally over the past number of years they wouldn't be having to pay off hundreds of social workers and special needs assistants. Why blame the Tories when they won't allow the councils to raise more money themselves?

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Aye but surely if every household in the council area was paying an extra say £10 per month which could have been been done incrementally over the past number of years they wouldn't be having to pay off hundreds of social workers and special needs assistants. Why blame the Tories when they won't allow the councils to raise more money themselves?

Why not blame the Tories when the Tories are to blame :huh:

Lets all pay an extra tenner because a government that has no mandate in Scotland is ploughing on with ideological austerity regardless of the consequences.

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Why not blame the Tories when the Tories are to blame :huh:

Lets all pay an extra tenner because a government that has no mandate in Scotland is ploughing on with ideological austerity regardless of the consequences.

For some reason, it has become an acceptable belief in Scotland that we must stay in the UK, because union is good for Scotland, but it should be up to Scotland's devolved government to mitigate the cuts the UK government (run by a party Scotland rejected) makes to our budget.

It's like good cop/bad cop, where people want to keep the the whip hand held by the bad cop but berate the good cop for not having enough ointment to alleviate the lashes.

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For some reason, it has become an acceptable belief in Scotland that we must stay in the UK, because union is good for Scotland, but it should be up to Scotland's devolved government to mitigate the cuts the UK government (run by a party Scotland rejected) makes to our budget.

It's like good cop/bad cop, where people want to keep the the whip hand held by the bad cop but berate the good cop for not having enough ointment to alleviate the lashes.

its why devolution is so beneficial. Having an administration with no need to bother with raising or lowering taxes yet a need to win elections is always likely to come up with goodies like free tuition fees and council tax freezes.
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Aye but surely if every household in the council area was paying an extra say £10 per month which could have been been done incrementally over the past number of years they wouldn't be having to pay off hundreds of social workers and special needs assistants. Why blame the Tories when they won't allow the councils to raise more money themselves?

My back of the fag packet calculations based on Band A for Perth&Kinross say to me that every household in a Council area paying an extra tenner a month would increase the Council budget by somewhere in the order of 1%.

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its why devolution is so beneficial. Having an administration with no need to bother with raising or lowering taxes yet a need to win elections is always likely to come up with goodies like free tuition fees and council tax freezes.

Goodies ? You make it sound like we get an annual lucky dip of wonderful things from Westminster. We pay the tax, get less back and then spend it on "goodies".

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Goodies ? You make it sound like we get an annual lucky dip of wonderful things from Westminster. We pay the tax, get less back and then spend it on "goodies".
Goodies ? You make it sound like we get an annual lucky dip of wonderful things from Westminster. We pay the tax, get less back and then spend it on "goodies".
Nothing to do with Westminster. It's all to do with good work of our leaders in the Scottish parliament.
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Nothing to do with Westminster. It's all to do with good work of our leaders in the Scottish parliament.

Correct. Apart from the handing over of a block grant, spending in devolved areas is nothing to with Westminster. Christ, you are perceptive.

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Correct. Apart from the handing over of a block grant, spending in devolved areas is nothing to with Westminster. Christ, you are perceptive.

And of course the SNP would have spent all but a few pence of that block grant last year, yeah?
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its why devolution is so beneficial. Having an administration with no need to bother with raising or lowering taxes yet a need to win elections is always likely to come up with goodies like free tuition fees and council tax freezes.

And having to spend £300m of that money mitigating the worst of Westminster's attacks on the vulnerable.

Which is just super.

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Councillor Bill Cook doing the complaining there.

I wonder which party he's in?

Councillor Bill Cook

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  • Ward: Liberton/Gilmerton
  • Party: Labour Group
  • Position: None

I dont expect to see any SNP councillors making complaints about it,they will follow the party line on the council tax freeze

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