While the proposed freeze on council tax will be welcome to many (KM
19th Oct), I hope
that Councillor Garland will consider the appalling impact that the
freeze will have on much needed benefits, services and jobs in the
borough. While the Green Party wants to see council tax abolished and
replaced with a much fairer tax
'Land Value Tax', it remains the main method of ensuring that the public
receive the services people need from councils.
We should remember that this freeze will hit vulnerable members of
society hardest. This borough's Conservative administration is already
planning to fail to protect those on council tax benefit from the
Coalition's cuts next year. Another round of cuts by the council will
simply make those in need suffer even more while all of us see our
services decline and jobs lost.
I challenge the leader of the council to ensure
that job losses, service cuts and benefit cuts are not made on his watch.
Councillor Garland needs to stand up to his political masters and raise
council tax next year. It is the only moral course of action that he can
Maidstone Green Party