Sheffield news Five per cent council tax hike confirmed for Bradford PremierLeague-News.Com
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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Bradford Council has agreed to its budget for the upcoming year, which will include a 4.99 per cent tax rise, and a pay rise for council workers. Unlike other recent budgets, the 2021/22 budget will not include any major cuts to services or jobs. It includes a two per cent pay rise for council staff, and a delay to planned welfare rights cuts of £844,000. Planned cuts to youth services of over half a million are also scrapped, and an extra £600,000 is being invested in street cleaning. Housing First, a scheme to help the homeless people in the district to find stable accommodation, will get a base budget of £360,000. But the financial plan will also see the authority dipping into reserves to the tune of £6.4 million to balance the books. Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe said the budget would give people in the district “hope.” Other political parties on the Bradford put forward their own, alternative, budgets for the year ahead, The opposition Conservative group had proposed a smaller council tax increase of only 1.5 per cent increase, and they criticised the leading Labour group for imposing the maximum possible tax rise at a time when many people were facing financial hardship. To get the latest email updates from My Bradford Live, click here. Conservative Mike Pollard said “apocalyptic” predictions made last year that the authority could face a £60 million budget gap due to Covid had not emerged thanks to Government grants and support. He said it was wrong to introduce the planned pay rise for council staff when so many residents of Bradford faced financial uncertainty. He said: “It is good for council staff, but not as good for households in the district that don’t have a member on the council pay roll.
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. Councillor Dale Smith said: “We reject this five per cent rise proposed by Labour to fund pay awards and grand schemes in the city centre.” Cllr Hinchcliffe said that with local government support from national government not guaranteed beyond the summer the Tories' plan would be "risky in the extreme". She said: “The council tax aspect is a political sleight of hand. Were you in power you would not be able to mess around with council tax like that. Most councils, including Conservative ones, are having to put up council tax. Your plan will cost £4 million this year, and every year. That is £40 million over 10 years. Where you’re finding that money from, you’re not telling us.” She said council staff had seen a relative pay cut due to a lay of pay rises over the years. She added: “Don’t try and turn public sector staff against private sector staff.” The Liberal Democrats alternate budget proposed extra investment in green projects and social care, and they urged the council leadership to "stop trying to be property developers" by dropping the regeneration projects in favour of a focus on public health and improving local green spaces.
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The Green Party’s budget involved a huge investment in environmental proposalsand dealing with the poor air quality in parts of the district. It included the replacement of street trees, investment in walking and cycling routes and the creation of a £10 million climate fund. The Labour budget was voted through with 49 councillors voting to support it, 20 voting against and seven abstaining.
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