This is the highest Councils are allowed to increase Council Tax by, without automatically triggering a referendum of local residents for their approval.
Band D homes will now pay £1,823.91 (not including the police and fire precepts). This is the highest Council Tax rate of any Metropolitan Council in England - and over £100 a year more than residents in Newcastle pay.
During his speech in the chamber, Councillor Wallace called on Labour bosses to stop wasting taxpayer’s money. Recent examples of waste include spending £700,000 on a car park which is now going to be ripped up, blowing £11,000 on trips to the Cannes in the South of France, and spending over £5,000 on communications consultants to design a ‘corporate narrative’ for the Council.
In light of Labour’s decision to increase Council Tax by the maximum allowable rate, Gateshead Lib Dems are now calling for a Council Tax cut to give hard-pressed residents a break.
IF YOU BELIEVE A MAXIMUM 3.99% INCREASE IN COUNCIL TAX IS UNFAIR WHEN THE COUNCIL IS SITTING ON EXCESSIVE RESERVES, PLEASE SIGN BELOW:
We, the undersigned residents, believe it is unfair that Gateshead Council has usable reserves of approximately £33 million, charges the highest Council Tax rates of any Metropolitan Authority and then increases Council Tax by the maximum allowable rate to prevent having a referendum for our approval.
We call upon Gateshead Council to cut Council Tax back to 2019/2020 levels.