Worcestershire County Council Labour Group Budget Amendment

The Labour Group on Worcestershire County Council are calling for the government to fund centrally the equivalent of a 1.5% rise in Council Tax and an additional 2% rise in the monies that go to Social Care, looking after the older and most vulnerable in society.

County Labour Group Leader Robin Lunn declares, “Labour believes central government in this unique year should fund the equivalent of an £8.75 million rise in Council Tax.

So many people have struggled to cope with 3 lockdowns, people have been furloughed or lost their jobs, to impose additional costs on people would be in effect a Covid Tax.

People are struggling to cope, their bills for heating, food and increased internet use are all going up.

We are deeply concerned about many people’s ability to pay, incomes are being cut and bills are rising, which is creating a perfect storm of debt. The working poor, those on low incomes and people running small businesses, simply cannot afford higher and increased Council Tax bills.

This is particularly appropriate for Adult Social Care spending where a solution should come from national government rather than authorities like Worcestershire County Council. For years, the Conservative government have failed to address this issue or even come up with coherent suggestions for informed debate. All the time, the strain on family resources who have loved ones requiring care and on the wider County Council has grown and grown. A national crisis should be solved nationally, not by passing the costs onto the Council Tax payers of Worcestershire.

The proposed budget by the Conservatives also leaves a £76 million hole over the 2022-2024 financial years. This is a massive challenge and we call on the Conservatives to answer how they will fund this huge shortfall.

The Labour Party in Worcestershire will go into the May County Council elections with a programme for sensible change, that will protect and expand our frontline services and offer genuine opportunities for something better than we have had in the last 20 years. Our proposals now are a sensible commencement point, and we call once again for central government to fund the equivalent of a 1.5% increase and a further 2% for Adult Social Care.”