DEC 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Council Tax Fears As Spending Plans Made
tax in Coventry could be forced up by twice the rate of inflation
because the city has received the lowest increase government grant
increase in the West Midlands.
councillors are demanding to know why Coventry was given an
increase of just 3.2 per cent while many other metropolitan areas
say the accusations levelled by Labour councillors that the
city’s financial difficulties were due to neglect from previous
council departments such as social services facing a cash crisis,
Cllr Gary Crookes (Con, Wainbody) said the council tax-payer could
be seeing a big increase in bills.
said the Conservatives would save money by cutting out waste and
inefficiency in the administration.
Labour council has blamed not doing certain things on the
shortage of money given by central government. But they are not
getting any better under their own government.”
Cllr John Mutton, the cabinet member in charge of the city’s
finances, praised the grant increase.
year’s rate support grant agreed by government has been very
much favourable for Coventry, the best in years, but the fact is
no matter how much money we had we still wouldn’t have enough
to do everything people might want.”
Monday Cllr Mutton will be leading a debate behind closed doors of
Labour councillors as they discuss next year’s spending
have some tough choices to make and I’m pretty sure that some
of out decision will not be popular.
everyone is going to get everything they ant. There won’t be
any cuts but we won’t be able to put as much money as we would
have liked into some areas of spending, and no more at all into
is the same for us as it is for anyone planning a limited
budget. We must spend what we have according to priority need.
remain totally committed to helping the most vulnerable and
socially disadvantaged people in our communities.
shall also be looking at the continued economic growth and
development of Coventry, as well as real down-to-earth issues
like pavements and potholes.”