2.98% Council Tax Rise Proposed

Sunday, February 10, 2019 Editor 0

This week the Council will meet to ratify its Medium Term Financial Strategy. This includes setting the Council Tax for the forthcoming year. Residents can expect to see an increase in Council Tax of 2.98% if the vote goes with the Conservative majority. This is the same level of increase […]

An Inflation Busting Council Tax Rise for Residents

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Editor 2

Please don’t feel insulted by the next paragraph as this is written specifically for the leader of the council who tonight described inflation as ‘a crude measure’ Inflation – a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money Perhaps economics was / isn’t his strong point […]

Conservatives Vote for Council Tax Rises

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Editor 2

Tonight the Tories and Cllr Burton, voted to increase the council tax for the Rochford District by 2.98%. The debate was lively and comical at times, with Cllr Ward giving members a good chuckle by incorrectly addressing the chair of the council (all good humoured). However, the subject of tonight’s […]

Budgets & Surveys

Friday, December 29, 2017 Editor 0

Cutting services like reducing bin collections and passing the costs of running public toilets to parish councils is one way of reducing the expenditure by the District Council. Other ways of trying to balance the books is by increasing their income through raising council tax and charging more for car […]

A Secret Away Day

Thursday, December 28, 2017 Editor 0

Our Lib Dem Councillors received an email this month about a ‘secret’ budget away day – we say ‘secret’ as the day has been placed into P&C (private and confidential). As long-time readers of OnlineFOCUS will know, we consistently have campaigned for an open, honest and transparent Council and decisions like […]

“Planning applications to cost taxpayers £1bn over next five years”

Saturday, September 2, 2017 admin 0

From the Inside Housing website this week- an alarming figure: “Council taxpayers will spend £1bn covering local authorities’ costs of processing planning applications in the next five years, the Local Government Association (LGA) has said. Local authorities are unable to recover the full cost of handling applications through planning fees, […]

The Rayleigh Times Has This Article By Chris Black This Week….

Friday, April 28, 2017 admin 0

“If you are a Lib Dem councillor, then sooner or later the Conservatives will probably make you an offer to switch sides. Thankfully I’ve never been tempted, because if I had gone against my principles and turned blue I really would be regretting it now. Because it should be obvious […]

Big Budget Meeting Next Week.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 admin 1

The District Council has a big budget next Tuesday 9th February, at 7:30. We received the agenda today, so there’s a lot of reading to do, and we will write in more detail later. But two things immediately stand out in the proposals from the Conservative administration: District Council Tax […]

Timid? Or Just Complaining Quietly?

Sunday, January 24, 2016 admin 1

Liberal England reports here from Leicestershire: Leicestershire’s Conservative MPs were busy retweeting this photograph last week. It shows them and the Conservative leader of the county council Nick Rushton meeting the local government minister Marcus Jones to press the case for more generous funding for Leicestershire. The Leicester Mercury quoted […]

Cllr Steptoe’s Decisions On Council Car Parks

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 admin 7

Mike Steptoe is the affable Tory councillor for Barling and Sutton, and is the cabinet member for “Enterprise”. Which means he’s the person who makes decisions about whether to have free car parking in council car parks at Xmas, and whether to charge the NHS for using car parking spaces […]

Important Stuff:Councils To Keep All Their Business Rates

Monday, October 5, 2015 admin 4

At the moment councils collect council tax and business rates. Broadly speaking, councils keep the council tax but pass the business rates back to Central Government. Central government then gives some of that back to councils as government grants George Osbourne has announced today that in the future councils will […]