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The leader of Birmingham City Council said “regrettably” his council would probably have to impose the increase, but that it was “just a sticking plaster over something that needs major surgery”.

This is a Labour councillor saying he can see no choice other than to impose a tax on the poor, due to the machinations of the Conservative Government.

I know some readers believe that councils in this situation should bite into their reserves, or borrow the money. This Writer believes that is just kicking the can down the road – and the worms will come out sooner or later in any case.

Whatever they do, it seems some people will want to blame Labour for this Tory-imposed tax.

How can they be made aware of their mistake?

Ministers are expected to announce on Thursday that local authorities will be allowed to raise council tax 6% over the next two years to raise cash for elderly and disabled care.

It would see the average bill rise by nearly £100 over the next two years: a 3% increase to the average band D property amounts to an extra £45.80 a year.

John Clancy, leader of Birmingham City Council, told Sky News that it was “just a further tax on the poor” in his city.

He added: “Margaret Thatcher had her poll tax, Theresa May is introducing a poor tax.

“Using council tax as a way to raise money for adult social care is a way that actually the poorest people in our big cities pay more.”

Source: Social care levy is ‘Theresa May’s poor tax’, says council boss

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