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Give us local tax powers Brighton and Hove Green leader urges Government
9:30am Monday 25th February 2013 in News
A council chief has called for Government to give town halls greater powers including setting “local” taxes.
The gathering marked 40 years since the party was formed.
In his speech to delegates, Coun Kitcat, who is the only leader of a Green-run council in the country, called for “true local taxation” which he believed would give communities power to protect residents from “mad austerity measures”.
Coun Kitcat said: “I think councils need to be more self-confident, more bold and demand local freedoms.
“But we need to remember that we exist in a context far beyond our control.
“As long as Government can re-write the rule book on a whim it’s always going to be difficult.”
It comes just days before the minority administration’s budget is voted on by all 54 members of the local authority.
At the cornerstone of the £750 million spending plans is a council tax rise of about 2%.
In summing up, Coun Kitcat said: “Being in charge of an administration of a council is like being captain of a ship. We cannot control the waters ahead, but we must complete the journey safely transporting all.”
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