Taxpayers’ Alliance warns decision to raise part of council tax by more than a third will hit Burntwood residents hard

The decision to raise part of the council tax by more than a third in Burntwood will “hit residents hard”, the Taxpayers’ Alliance has warned.

Conservative-controlled Burntwood Town Council opted to approve a budget which will see a Band D property face an increase from £27.91 to £37.90 a year.

The move has been criticised by Labour’s Cllr Eric Drinkwater who branded the Tory group “cavalier” in its approach to spending.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance has also questioned such a sizeable jump in the precept set by Burntwood Town Council.

Dia Chakravarty, Political Director for the group, told LichfieldLive: “It’s a substantial tax hike which will hit residents hard.

“Councils pleading poverty seemingly forget that hard-pressed families – who already pay a huge amount in tax – face similar financial constraints themselves.

“Councils must ensure every bit of waste is cut out and that they have their spending priorities right before asking taxpayers to dig deeper into their pockets.”

The leader of Burntwood Town Council, Cllr Richard Mosson insisted the additional revenue would help bring a feel-good factor back to the area.

He told a meeting of the authority: “We see this budget as an opportunity to move forward in the ways we can serve the community of Burntwood.

“The previous council tax precept was based on a stagnant council – this is a positive budget and I’m proud that it has vision and community spirit at its heart.”

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